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The Magic Circle

Questionary, Question, Questionary
Jul 9, 2015 - PC
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7.8 / 10
Eurogamer
No Recommendation
PC Gamer
78 / 100
USgamer
4 / 5
Destructoid
8.5 / 10
Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10
Game Rant
4 / 5
The Escapist
4.5 / 5
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Critic Reviews for The Magic Circle

IGN

7.8 / 10.0
IGN

The Magic Circle is a marvelously creative, puzzling adventure that's very mad at you.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

This is a game written for people who have worked in a particular kind of game development. It's hard to applaud the jokes when it's unclear where the lines between reality and exaggeration lie - and this is a story whose shoots grow from lived experience. Far easier to applaud the game's core gameplay invention, which enlivens The Magic Circle at its heart, and a piece of design that, unlike Ishmael Gilder, will surely find a life beyond its game.

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Visually drab and a bit too taken with its own story, but otherwise a clever and fun exercise in creative problem-solving.

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The Magic Circle could have easily went with the normal limited interactions of the standard environmental puzzle game, but Question Games took things one step further, adding rich mechanics that allow players to tinker with its inner workings on some seriously impressive levels. This kind of open-ended ambition may leave players feeling lost at times, but its exploration of the act of creation and collaboration will stick with them for years to come.

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The message is a little muddled, with so many accusing fingers thrust in so many directions that I'm sure different people will come to radically different conclusions of what it all means. But it's a message worth hearing, and a world worth exploring, if you care about video games and the people that make them.

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The Magic Circle is an unfinished game where you have to bring it to life and ship it to audiences with a pretty bow

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Highly imaginative and bitingly witty, The Magic Circle takes all aspects of the video game industry to task as you try to save a long-awaited game from development hell.

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The Magic Circle is the best "broken" game you've ever played - and a rich satire of the industry to boot.

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