Magicka, Arrowhead Game Studios' first release, sets you up with a mage, mouse controls, infinite mana and an isometric view. The infinite mana system results in gameplay centred around the eight magickal elements -- combining and casting them with a series of keystrokes and mouse clicks.
The game was released on Steam and GamersGate on January 25th, and according to the publisher, Paradox, features "thousands" of possible spells, 13 levels, and lets you "experience the parody and satire of a clichéd fantasy world." The XBLA version is yet to have a firm release date.
Magicka is currently a cooperative game that supports 1-4 players in two game modes: Adventure and Challenge. Competitive modes are scheduled to be added to the game on June 21, 2011.
In Magicka, magic is cast by selecting elements with keystrokes, which stack up in your spell bar (shown under the player), and then firing them off via middle-mouse (self cast), right-mouse (cast forward), shift-right-mouse (cast area), or shift-left-mouse (cast on weapon). Different elements cause the magic to take different forms and have different effects.
For example, to spray flame, you would simply tap the button for Fire, putting one Fire element in your bar, then right click. To shoot a short lightning burst you would do the same with the Lightning element. But by combining Fire and Earth in your spell bar, you create a ball of fire. Or with Arcane plus Lightning, you fire a beam of swirling red lightning across the screen. With a single Shield element, you can put up a huge half-sphere shield and maintain it by tapping space bar, or with Shield Earth you could conjure a wall of rock in front of your character.
The elements and their respective effects are as follow:
Combination Elements are not castable from one keystroke, but function the same as their single keystroke element counterparts. These elements, like normal elements, take up only one slot of the player's spell bar. Both Combination elements can be combined with the standard eight elements, though, Steam and Ice cannot be combined.
Magicks are special, order dependent spells that the player can cast. Magicks are cast by queuing up the required elements in the correct order and pressing space bar. The player can cycle through their list of known Magicks by using the scroll wheel. The name of the Magick and a transparent guide of the order of the elements needed to cast the Magick will then be shown in the players spell bar. Nearly all of these are learned by finding spell books scattered through the game. Some of these Magicks are buffs, while others are offensive. Some will summon monsters to help you fight.
Paradox Interactive announced on March 1, 2011 that one of the DLC packs for the game would be Magicka: Vietnam, along with a trailer. The press release states that the main objective of the new content pack for the aspiring wizards will be to " try to do what so many 80’s action stars have done in the past: blow stuff up". Released on April 12, 2011 & offering a lengthy scenario as a Wizard GI going through the Goblin-Cong jungles. Also included are new weapons, a new challenge map & a new spell for summoning a napalm strike on your foes. Other DLC packs include the Party Robes pack, which allows players to take on specific roles within the party, and the Final Frontier pack, which adds a Star Trek-themed robe, staff, and weapon combo as well as a challenge mode map based on an episode of Star Trek.
Full DLC List:
|Magicka: Mega Villain Robes||24 Jul 2012||Three extra robes|
|Magicka: Aspiring Musician Robes||24 Jul 2012||Three extra robes|
|Magicka: Peculiar Gadgets Item Pack||24 Jul 2012||10 new items|
|Magicka: Heirlooms Item Pack||24 Jul 2012||10 new items|
|Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin||19 Jun 2012||Take the role of Alucart the Vampire and his Necromancers to fight against the forces of good. Your mission is to thwart Vlad’s attempt to unite the humans, the dwarves and the elves.|
|Magicka: Lonely Island Cruise||16 Feb 2012||New PvP map with lots of water|
|Magicka: The Stars Are Left||30 Nov 2011||new adventure including several levels steeped in Lovecraftian lore including new robes, maps, items, achievements, bosses|
|Magicka: Holiday Spirit Item Pack||30 Nov 2011||Various items for use in multiplayer mode only|
|Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack||30 Nov 2011||12 items with a theme|
|Magicka: Vietnam||12 Apr 2011||First mission DLC in the Goblin-Cong jungle of Vietnam|
|Magicka: Wizard's Survival Kit||8 Mar 2011||4 items to equip your character|
|Magicka: Marshlands||26 Apr 2011||Slay hordes of undead in new challanges|
|Magicka: Nippon||1 Jun 2011||A new robe, a new katana and a new staff|
|Magicka: Final Frontier||21 Jun 2011||New Vulcanus Area map for multi player modes|
|Magicka: The Watchtower||21 Jun 2011||New map|
|Magicka: Frozen Lake||21 Jun 2011||New map with frozen water|
|Magicka: Party Robes||21 Jun 2011||A few new robes|
|Magicka: Gamer Bundle||18 Sep 2011||Three new robes|