Magic: The Gathering (PC, 1997)
About this product
- Product InformationThe world of Shandalar has been gripped by evil. Five wizards are gathering energy in the land, each trying to amass enough power to cast the Spell of Dominion, granting the caster immortality and dominion over the entire plane. Into this fray a wandering, amateur spellcaster is thrust, given the task of thwarting the nefarious plans of the five wizards.
This is the storyline behind the strategy game portion of Magic: The Gathering, the PC adaptation of the wildly popular card game. Players collect decks of virtual "cards" which allow them to cast spells and defend against the spells of others. In a standard game of Magic, each combatant begins with 20 life points, and the first one that is reduced to zero is the loser. In the PC game, the player can either duel one-on-one against a computer-controlled opponent, or he can venture into the adventure world of Shandalar and duel against monsters that each possess a deck tailored to its personality.
In addition to 400 cards drawn from various Magic card sets, the PC version of Magic: The Gathering also comes with 12 new cards from the Astral Set, designed exclusively for use in the game. Various other utilities are included, such as a multimedia tutorial designed for the Magic beginner, as well as a deck builder utility which aids the player in constructing card decks.
- PublisherMicroProse Software, Inc.
- GameMagic: The Gathering
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- Control ElementsKeyboard,Mouse
- Number of Players1
- Release Year1997
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- the-reaperDec 07, 2012by
Great game, but you need Windows 95 or 98.
My family and I have been playing Magic the Gathering card game since 1995. We still play to this day, it has been over 20 years and we still bust out the decks and jam Magic.
You will have to have an older version of Windows to play it or use a "Virtual Machine" with an older version of windows, but if you like Magic The Gathering card game, this is a must have.
The game represents real game play. The AI does make mistakes from time to time, but generally, it is a worthy opponent.
You can build your own decks and then use them against specific opponents or specific decks.
You can do three types of game play. Duel, Sealed Deck or Shandalar. The duel lets you pick a specific deck and duel anywhere from one to a dozen opponents. The Sealed Deck allows you to build a deck from a sealed deck box and sealed booster packs. You then go up against other opponents that have done the same. In Shandalar you go from town to town dueling opponents that are wondering around the country side. You can buy and sell cards you acquire and you can alter your deck. You can have up to three dual decks that you can change before a dual.
There are two expansions for this game. Spells of the Ancients and Dual of The Planes Walkers. Both of the expansions are excellent. They provide you with new cards and new mechanics. The additional disks are not stand alone and you have to have this first disk.
There are hundreds of hours of game play, because you can always go for sealed deck or Shandalar. You can play the game by trying to build a specific deck, beat the game and then try again, trying to build a different deck.
We keep an old Windows 98SE computer around just so we can play these games. You can't always find an opponent to play Magic with, so this is an excellent alternative.
If you like the card game Magic The Gathering, you will definitely like this game.Read full review
- shark9213Apr 21, 2011by
Great game overall.
This is a classic game that allows you to explore the land of Shandalar while battling creatures and wizards. It is a great way to have multiple duels over and over without playing with actual cards. You also get the opportunity to play with some of the most rare cards in the game such as Black Lotus, the Mox cards, etc. Great game.
- bstultz1973Jun 03, 2008by
good old school gaming
I had this pc game several years ago & have misplaced it. It is just as I remembered. Though it doesn't have 5 star graphics & only works w/ windows 95, it is still as addicitve as ever. If you got an older pc & looking for an old school game, I do recommend it.
- robbie02100640Jan 18, 2011by
Magic: The Gathering (PC Games, 1997)
I Love the Program!!! I will play the game for a long time. I would encourage everyone to buy this game.