Magicka (PC)

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Magicka (PC)

Post by C4Blizzard on April 10th 2011, 1:57 pm

Magicka is an action-adventure video game based on Norse mythology and developed by independent developer Arrowhead Game Studios. It was released via Steam for Microsoft Windows on January 25, 2011. A free demo was also made available for download. The game was developed by eight students at Lule University of Technology in Skellefte, Sweden[3] and sold over 200,000 copies in its first 17 days on sale.

In Magicka, four mages form a sacred order to fight against an evil sorcerer and his creations. The game world is based loosely on Norse mythology, drawing inspiration from other fantasy games like Warhammer and Diablo, and featuring humorous in-game references to various other media titles including Star Wars, Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Neverwinter Nights, 300, Lord of the Rings, The Colour of Magic, Castlevania, Indiana Jones, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The game also takes amusing liberties when it comes to the classic fantasy setting, at one point supplying the players with an M60 machine gun, which the game itself notes to be "far too complex to be part of a fantasy game".

Magicka is an action-adventure game played in isometric view (similar to Diablo), with an angled top-down view of a cartoon-like 3D environment, though lacking many depth perception cues such as motion parallax and relative size. The player generally stays in the center of the screen while the background moves around him.

A single player, or up to four simultaneous cooperative players, takes on the role of a wizard tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer that has thrown the world into a state of turmoil. The campaign consists of 13 levels.[5]

In contrast to role-playing game mechanics that traditionally dominate among magic and wizardry-based video games, Magicka has no character class structure. Similarly there is no "mana bar," or energy meter that limits the use of special abilities, as magic spells can be cast limitlessly and do not require the consumption of any finite resource. The game is also exceptionally scant in its utilization of powerup items, as one of the developers' goals was to shift focus away from the acquisition of material goods, or "loot," as player motivation.

Each player is equipped with a magical staff, used to cast spells, and a secondary traditional weapon. A variety of each can be found during gameplay. Staves can have an "active ability" that allows the player to cast a specific spell without first entering the prerequisite elements (see below), and a "passive ability" which is in effect as long as it is equipped. The secondary weapons are categorized by range, attack speed, damage and secondary effects.

[edit] Spells and elementsThe game contains eight different elements, up to five of which can be used simultaneously, in nearly any combination, to cast a spell:

Additionally, certain pairs of elements automatically combine into a single new element, occupying one slot, when both are chosen for a spell:

Water and Fire combine to create the Steam element
Water and Cold combine to create the Ice element
Each spell can be cast as a ranged projectile or beam, as an area effect weapon, as an enhancement in wielding the player's secondary traditional weapon (ie. sword), or on the players' own bodies. All elements tend to cause damage, except Life, which heals, and Shield, which creates barriers.

To cast a spell, the player first sequentially presses the associated buttons for the desired elements (for example: q, w, e, r, a, s, d, and f, respectively, when playing using a PC keyboard) in order to "gather" them, which show up as icons on the screen as they are pressed. The player then casts the spell with another button. Possible element combination examples include, but are not limited to, Water combined with Fire to create steam, Cold with Water to create ice, or Shield with Earth to create a wall of rock.

Special spells called "Magicks" require specific combinations and produce unique effects, and also require the acquisition of the corresponding Spellbook in order to become available to the player. Spellbooks are placed throughout the campaign levels. One such example is "Haste," which allows the player to move quickly for a limited time, and is cast from Lightning + Arcane + Fire.

Certain combinations, particularly those including earth or ice, require a charge-up period. Certain combinations also result in no spell at all, as one can be said to cancel the other out: for example, Lightning and Earth cast together don't produce any effect, since Earth grounds electricity.

Elements also interact with each other: If a player is wet, trying to use Lightning magic will hurt the player and abort the spell, while using lightning based spells on wet enemies causes extra damage. Using Fire on oneself when wet makes you dry, but using fire on oneself while dry sets your robes ablaze. Using Cold on a character while wet freezes them in an ice block.

Game References
Game's referencesThere is numerous references in this game from different sources. Here is an incomplete list of them :

300 (movie)
At the beginning of a level, there is a dialog between a king and a soldier, which goes exactly like in the movie, except that the king admits about is actions being madness.
The achievement "This is Magicka!" requires you to push the soldier that was talking with the king into the pit hole just behind him.
Aristocats (movie)
An achievement is named "Morelike the Aristocats", which refer to Disney's movie "The Aristocats".
Back to the Future (movie)
An achievement is named "88mph", which refers to the speed needed to send the time machine car in time in the movie.
Blue oyster cult (music band)
An achievement is named "Don't fear the reaper", which refers to one of their songs.
Diablo (Game)
'Stay a while and listen' is the first words said in the game, and also a line of dialog from Cain[6].
Tristram's theme song is played in one of the levels.
There is an achievement named "There is no goat level" which could refer to Diablo II's secret cow level.
Dragonball (Anime/Manga)
There is an achievement named "It's over nine thousand!!!!", which is a famous quote from the character "Vegeta".
Full Metal Alchemist (Anime/Manga)
An achievement is named "State Alchemist", which refers to the name given to alchemist working for the state in the show.
Ghostbusters (Movie/Show)
An achievement is named "Never cross the beams", which refers to the Ghostbusters photo-packs' world ending event if you cross two beams.
Harry Potter (Movie/book)
An achievement is named "Wingardium Leviosa", like an incantation for a spell in the first book/movie.
An achievement is named "No more trolling", which refers to "trolling" on the internet.
An achievement is named "IMMA FIRIN' MAH LAZER!!!!", which refers to an internet meme.
Legend of Zelda (Game)
In one of the levels, there is a secret zone where you walk into a clearing and animals come from left and right. At the end, there is a sword in a stone. Everything is from the game "The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past" on the SNES.
There is a sword named "Sword of the Master" which, when you have full health, will throw arcane in front of you. The design is the same as the Master Sword and it's effect is similar to the original's in "The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past".
Microsoft Windows (Program)
There is a Magick named "Crash to Desktop" which is a one-hit kill on a random character in the screen and it makes a "Blue Screen of Death" appear on that character.
Mission Impossible (Movie)
An achievement is named "Mission improbable", in reference of the name of the movie.
Queen (music band)
An achievement is named "We are the champion", which refers to one of their songs.
First Blood (Movie)
There is a M60 which is a usable "melee" weapon hidden in the game.
The achievement "First Blood" requires you to kill something with the M60.
South Park (Show)
An achievement is named "OMG! They killed Yellow!", and refers to a quote in the show.
Star Trek (Show)
A boss is named "Khan", like a character of the show.
One of the characters yells "KHAAAAAAAAAAN!" during a cutscene in the game, which comes from a quote in one of the early version of the show.
An achievement is named "KHAAAAAAAAN!", which refers to a wuote from the show.
Star Wars (Movie)
There is a line of dialog from a random NPC that says "IT'S A TRAP!".
After a boss fight, that boss will throw lightning from his hands in every directions, and someone will pick him from behind and throw him in a pit hole.
World of Warcraft (Game)
An NPC has a yellow "!" over her head and asks you to do something for her, which is like WoW's quest giver NPCs.

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