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Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements

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Based on 7 critic reviews
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62

Top Critic Average

29%

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Game Information

Available on:PCJan 30, 2019

Developer: Himalaya Studios

Genres: Adventure, RPG

D'arc is sixteen years old. He has trained extensively in the Elemental arts for the past decade, under the discerning eyes of the Mage Masters of Iginor. Confined to an existence of academics and magical mastery in their tower, the inquisitive Initiate often wonders what it would be like to explore the secluded outside world. D'arc's moment of reckoning arrives and his Masters put him to the test. The young Initiate is tasked with retrieving three items, which will test his magical and mental strength to full capacity: A lock of hair from a powerful Enchantress. The unspoiled shell of Griffon's egg. The three-pronged horn of the legendary Trinicorn. Join D'arc on a perilous journey across the medieval-styled land of Iginor. Brave the perilous Bloodbark forest where the Redcap goblins stalk. Trek across a barren desert wasteland rife with lawless Bandits and fierce Burrowers. Navigate over a vast lake where evil masquerades as beauty. And ascend beyond the lofty mountain peaks where the mysterious and hostile Flyterians dwell, suspicious of all outsiders. It is time for D'arc to prove himself. Three quests. One chance. Will D'arc succeed and take his place among his fellow Mages? Features A uniquely-crafted RPG/Adventure game. Gain new spells as your character improves. No stat grinding! Replay as one of four Mage classes (Water, Air, Fire, and Earth), each with unique spells, puzzles, and solutions. Beautifully detailed pixel-art character animations. Over 30 detailed character portraits. Over 9,000 voiced and lip-synced speech lines. A complete digital music soundtrack, brimming with magic and mystery. Battle against a horrid horde of monsters or avoid combat and focus on adventure. Multiple story paths, depending on your in-game choices. More than 50 magical gemstones to enhance your magical power.

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Mage's Initiation blends adventure game and RPG influences to mimic the best of '90s adventure games, but it doesn't quite manage to perfect every aspect.

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Mage’s Initiation might suffer from aiming itself at nostalgic fans of a bygone era of gaming, but when someone new stumbles on it, they’ll have themselves a good time…as long as they avoid forests.

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It's not the reigning champion of this hybrid genre, but Mage's Initiation is a promising challenger. If sequels expand on the basics shown here, this could well be a series worth watching.

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Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements acts as a spiritual successor to the adventure games of old, but its tedious puzzle design, underdeveloped combat, inconsistent tone, and awkwardly-voiced protagonist make it unfocused at best and cringeworthy at worst.

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