The Magic Circle

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews
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IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2015

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

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78 / 100
Jul 10, 2015

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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No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 20, 2015

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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Jul 15, 2015

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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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

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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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

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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Unscored
Jul 10, 2015

The Magic Circle has a very clear understanding of how games can be laid low, especially when high-minded ambition rather than practicality is in charge, but whether because of budgetary limitations or because it's too determined to convey its message first and foremost, it seems to then make some of those same mistakes.

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Aug 7, 2015

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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Jul 14, 2015

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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ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Jul 9, 2015
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