Metacritic: 81/100
Release: Aug 2001
Reviewed on: PC

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

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Good: Fallout feel – Character depth – Branching storyline
Bad: Combat isn’t as impressive as it could be
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Relive the feeling of the original Fallout games but in a fantasy setting with Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. Not only does the game have an extremely obscure name its development team contained some of the brains that created Fallout.


In the game players will have the opportunity to explore the fantasy world of Arcanum which is going through its own industrial revolution, creating a void between technology and magic. Many of the worlds inhabitants are accepting technology for its efficiency but there are still many races in the game world that do not want to move away from their magical ways.

After a crash of the IFS Zephyr zeppelin players seek answers to an accident of which they were the sole survivor. This journey is very non-linear and allows players to open or completely close of different story paths based on their actions alone. Nearly every single quest in the game has several ways of completing it so there is plenty of freedom given to the player.

As the game uses a fantasy setting players can expect to run into all sorts of creatures including elves, ogres, dwarves, orcs and of course humans. Nearly all of these races are available to players as playable options and there are even several hybrid races available.


In terms of gameplay Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura plays out like most other role playing games with players levelling up their character by completing quests and engaging in combat. Combat can come in many forms with players able to do it in real time and turn based or a mixture of the two. Players are also be able to find followers to aid them on their journey and equip a variety of items with their own properties.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura has a great Fallout feel to its gameplay that is perfect for fans of the original and classic Fallout games.


  • From the minds that brought you the original Fallout.
  • An interesting fantasy world fighting between magic and technology.
  • Huge number of race options for players to play as.
  • Impressive quest options make for plenty of decisions and branching storylines.
  • Combat can be real time or turn based.

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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, 9.3 out of 10 based on 17 ratings
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  1. GoodRobo
    August 24, 2016

    I would love to see Arcanum as a Fallout 4 style game. It would lend itself to this style of gameplay and story telling. It’s half magic, half steampunk and would be a beautiful setting to explore slowly and methodically. There’s also plenty of elements from the original game to make a really interesting open world.



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