Master of Magic is one of the older turn based strategy games with 4X elements being released in 1994. The game features a fantasy theme with the player taking control of a wizard as he attempts to take over two worlds that are linked together by special portals (Towers of Wizadry).
These two worlds are named Myrror and Arcanus, with the latter being very much like Earth with a variety of environments and terrains. On the other hand Myrror is a world more about magic and as such features a number of strange fauna and flora. One thing that the worlds do share though is the Magical nodes, which are sources of powerful magic.
Because of the fantasy setting players can expect to run into a wide range of races including elves, dwarves, gnolls, barbarians, dragons, lizardmen, orcs, trolls and many others for a total of fourteen options. Each of have their own playstyles, units, backgrounds and political agendas.
In each game of Master of Magic the world is randomly generated although players do have the option to set a number of parameters which can impact the games difficulty and length. Players also have control of their wizards stats, skills and starting race.
There is a lot of different mechanics at play during gameplay giving the player plenty of depth in how they wish to approach the game. Most of the early game time is spent scouting the area around the players starting city to gain map information about enemy positions and hopefully find some of the Towers of Wizadry. Players can also expand their reach by establishing cities which provide the necessary resources of the game (food, gold and mana).
When the player engages the enemy combat is handled in a tactical strategy style with players able to use a number of spells to help their troops in battle (which must be researched).
For an older game the level of depth is very impressive. With so many races and the inclusion of randomly generated game maps there is no shortage of replay value to be found either.
- One of the classic 4X strategy games.
- 14 different races to use or fight against.
- Random maps for great replay value.
- Unique dual world feature.
- Plenty of different approaches to victory.
Review Platform: PC