In The Magic Circle: Gold Edition you take control of the protagonist of an unfinished 1st person fantasy game, where the developers just can’t decide what to do with it. You have to use the tools of the games development to see if you can finish the game from the inside. Is The Magic Circle a game worth finishing or is it better left on the shelf? find out below..
The Magic Circle is a game where you are inside of a unfinished, first-person game. The main characters other than you are called ‘gods’ by voice that guides you. With the environment not being fully finished, with help of your companion you carve out the cracks of the unfinished work into your way of discovering more about the ‘gods’ and the origins of the game. It is very hard to describe my thoughts and feelings towards this game without spoiling all the amazing things that the magic circle has to offer.
The manipulation of creatures within the game is a very unique game mechanic that allows you to edit certain creatures to do certain things, you obtain these by trapping the enemy creatures and stripping them, or changing their traits to either work with you, or against you to help you along the story and gaining control over one of the ‘gods’. The conversations that the ‘gods’ have are all linked into the game very well and even though they are aware of you testing the magic circle they have no clue what your intent is other than to test the game.
I do not want to spoil much further than that as this game is a jewel you must buy and play yourself to fully understand how great it really is, and to me I think it’s a shame that this game hasn’t blown up with attention on how good the voice acting is, and how well they fully made the game yet the game itself isn’t finished, it is so well tied together. The graphics and colour of the magic circle all relate to the gods/developers ideas as non of them have agreed to what they are or will be, most of the world is black and white, there is a separate world/game which has colour.
I wont continue onto what that has in the importance of the story but it certainly shows the contrast of what the moral of the game is about, which to me is for a game to be finished well and complete then the creator of the game must love and have passion for what they are creating, as if not it dies out and then the production of finishing the game comes to a grinding halt.
The puzzles in The Magic Circle are all very player interpreted, as you yourself have to find out your way around every puzzle by mixing and trying out different combinations of abilities that you have picked up from other creatures, This is also applied to the collectables, as many are hidden behind certain enemies that are blocking your path.
The music in The Magic Circle is very specific to what area of the map you are in, The voice acting is also insanely well done with non of the characters being monotone and boring, the satire jokes that are in the magic circle are also amazingly well timed and written. The three gods are so well characterised, that the reactions that they have to your actions feel real with the amount of passion and emotion put into the voice acting.