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Magic Survival

Arcade

Touch Foo


Android

Magic Survival is advertised as a ‘casual’ game yet you can only understand what it’s about after playing it for a while. The game has aspects of action, role-playing, and idle video game mechanics - which makes for a surprisingly interesting mix.

With so many features and mechanics bundled into a single game, it has the opportunity to be something special.

But if the concept is executed poorly, it can be nothing more than a mess. So let's find out if that's the case or not.



Gameplay

Magic Survival is a confusing game at first and most of its explanations don’t really offer much to the player except acting as vague lore.

The only way to understand everything is to start playing, which means that the first few attempts will be full of trial and error.

Movement is crucial because enemies are fast and catch onto you very quickly, but the controls are very simple since all you have to do is to move your character around, and attacking is done automatically.

The point is to kill everything you possibly can, which fills up a bar of 'mana' that allows you to either enable a skill of your choice or upgrade one that you are already using. Mana can also be collected manually by walking over blue, orange, and purple orbs which provide various amounts of it.

The skills offered to you are randomized, with 3 to 4 of them available at a time. They include things like tornadoes, freezing effects, lightning bolts, asteroids, shields, and even literal tsunamis - as they all accompany your character and kill any threats around you.

It’s very important to always keep moving, but once you have enough skills enabled you can relax a bit as the majority of enemies will die before they get close enough to you.

There are specific time-based targets in every world and you are given rewards upon their completion. For example, the first world has two milestones which are 10 minutes and 40 minutes respectively. After you survive for such long times and pick up as many mana orbs as possible - you begin to level up your character and unlock different classes to use.

The time required to do anything meaningful in the game might sound like a big deal, but you hardly notice it when you’re actually playing the game. Magic Survival has a very addictive gameplay loop that does not get old for a long time because there is that sense of breaking your own record and that of the community - to see how long you can survive.

The difficulty syncs up with how powerful you become and it’s very satisfying to destroy hundreds of enemies coming your way with things like nuclear explosions, tsunamis, and asteroids. It’s a very over-the-top game once you get that far into it and you’d have to force yourself to stop playing once you’re hooked.

There is so much to unlock too in terms of the classes and unique skills – not to mention the bits and pieces of lore that give this game a great atmosphere.

However, it’s certainly not for everyone and if you don’t enjoy it the first time around, chances are that you won’t like it later on either. But fortunately, it’s updated often by the developers, so if you do enjoy it but think certain things need to be changed – you likely won’t be disappointed.

If the game is your type, you’ll have a great time and it has a very lively community that can be found online, which makes the experience more fun as you can help each other out with knowledge and compete in survival timings.

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Extras

The graphics of Magic Survival are very minimal, as everything is made out of basic shapes with almost no detail.

It’s not bad by any means and gives the game an aesthetic of its own, but given how many different things the game has and how chaotic it becomes later on – the game would benefit immensely from an art style that is more defined.

I cannot imagine how amazing the special powers would look and how scary the enemies would appear if they had proper animations, and that is something that at times causes Magic Survival to feel a bit underwhelming.

That being said, the game’s current visual state does not take the fun away from the overall experience.

The UI of the game feels a bit amateurish but it’s not bad by any means – it can just be a bit more responsive and present the information better. It relies too much on the player checking everything on their own to figure out what menu does what, and that does not sit well with younger audiences or people with less patience.

The polish is mostly excellent, the only issue I can point out is the fact that the movement feels a bit slow at times. For some reason, this is only an occasional hiccup and does not happen very often.

Much like the rest of the game, the sound design is minimal too. It does its job and there’s a sound for most things that you see on the screen, but it’s not particularly high quality.

Rating: 7

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Reviewed by Spike

Magic Survival is a difficult game to assign a rating to due to how it’s unlike anything else that you’d play on smartphones – so drawing comparisons is almost not an option.

It can be addictively entertaining and has a lot to offer – but there are many things it can improve on as well.