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Open your mind and discover your power as you explore the world of Spectromancer! A turn-based online fantasy card game, co-designed by Magic: The Gathering's Richard Garfield and Alexey Stankevich, creator of Astral Tournament and Astral Masters, Spectromancer allows players to participate in a magical duel against other mages by...
Release Date: Oct 15, 2008
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Reviews

“This game has more to offer than it first appears once you get a grasp on the basic mechanics you find yourself becoming more engaged and wanting to progress further making it a great card game.”
8/10 – GDN

“The lack of deck customization may scare off a few veteran players, but at the same time, it brings a new level of strategy to the game.”
90/100 – Game Vortex

“Spectromancer might not be the best-looking game on PC, and it might not have the best bells and whistles of games that came out in the last 10 years; the one thing that it does have is amazingly fun and deep gameplay.”
8/10 – MyGamer

About the Game

Open your mind and discover your power as you explore the world of Spectromancer! A turn-based online fantasy card game, co-designed by Magic: The Gathering's Richard Garfield and Alexey Stankevich, creator of Astral Tournament and Astral Masters, Spectromancer allows players to participate in a magical duel against other mages by strategically summoning creatures and casting spells.
Play as one of six powerful types of wizards and take on the corrupt council of magic and its innumerable minions. Each mage uses five magical elements during a duel - Fire, Water, Air, Earth and a fifth related to the specific mage type. Using one of six mage types in the game, Clerics, Mechanicians, Necromancers, Chaosmasters, Dominators and Illusionists, players duel against the computer or against other online players live. By adding new spells and new allies to your side, players will open new strategic options to master.
Spectromancer provides a varied pallet of foes and environments that force players to watch every turn of a card. Each player takes on a journey of discovery reflected in the tricks they master as a player, with the challenges increasing in multi-player, Spectromancer pits players against hundreds of challenges of amazing tactical depth.
  • Co-designed by Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering
  • A turn-based strategy game with an elegant interface and great depth
  • Wide variety of spells and mages gives nearly endless replay value
  • Multiple levels of difficulty to provide player of all skill levels a challenge
  • Play as one of six different types of mages, each with unique spells and strategies
  • Pit yourself against players from around the world in multi-player play
  • Build your character's spells and abilities over time in the extensive campaign

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: P3 class or faster
    • Memory: 128 MB
    • Graphics: GeForce-2 class or faster with 32+ MB RAM, 1024x768 screen resolution
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 8
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
644 products in account
24 reviews
44.1 hrs on record
First off, buy the BASE GAME + the GATHERING OF POWER expansion. It includes all the features and content of the other two DLCs and it's a very naughty move on part of the developers to still sell the older two expansions on Steam, potentially making you pay $30 to buy all the expansion content, when you can be buying it for $10.

With this unpleasant situation out of the way and despite it, I still highly recommend the game. It is co-developed by Richard Garfield of Magic: The Gathering and Netrunner fame. The game uses many concepts similar to MTG but is presented in a more casual framework. The major differences from MTG are: a) no card draw or deck but a set of semi-random given cards that don't 'run out' and are always available to cast if you have the mana, b) slot-based battlefield with two lines of 6 slots in which players summon creatures.

Spectromancer is far easier to pick up and play compared to MTG. As there is no deck building, gameplay offers more limited options but the game livens things up with its unique class system, with each class getting its separate set of cards. Creature interplay is far more important and summoning order and spell support often require as much strategy as a game of MTG.

Multiplayer, a very big factor for Spectromancer's appeal, is still alive and well, with available players at all times and lots of replayability given the large number of classes available.
Posted: December 16th, 2013
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
99 products in account
11 reviews
294.6 hrs on record
This is not a TCG (trading card game) and that's what makes it so great.
There is no card collection or deck building, each game you get a random selection of 12 basic cards out of the game's pool of 48 basic cards and 4 special cards from the class of your choosing.
"So what if I get completely screwed over and only get bad cards?" - That doesn't happen because a) the game is incredibly balanced, every card has its use and strength b) the selection isn't totally random, the game makes sure that you have 2 healing cards every game and that it's a fair mix of low and high cost cards ad that you always have board clear cards.
So to get back on point what makes the lack of deck-building great is that you have to adapt to your cards every game. Do i try to get an advantage by being more mana-efficient than my opponent, do I try to win via board control or do I just rush my opponent? If you want to win you have to play to your decks strength. Also a big part of the game is reading your opponent and predicting what cards he has.

One example: I'm ahead in board control, my opponent just played a very low impact card and he has a lot of fire mana saved up, that means that he is probably preparing to play Armageddon which deals a lot of damage to all creature on the board. So if I correctly predict this I can take advantage of it by not overcommitting and not playing any expensive creatures next turn because they'd probably die.
Advanced players will use this to bluff you. e.g. a player might save up a lot of air mana which makes the opponent afraid of the spell Lightning Bolt, which deals massive damage to the enemy player's hp. So the opponent may waste his turn by casting expensive heals even though it was a bluff and the opponent doesn't have Lightning Bolt.
All this predicting and bluffing wouldn't work as well if the game didn't have a limited number of cards.

Oh I almost forgot the most important point about not being a TCG, the game isn't pay to win, it's all about skill.


Other important points:
- The game has still an active online community even though the game is 5 years old
- The computer AI is really clever and good at predicting your moves, so if you don't like online play, it's never boring to play against the computer
- The campaign is pretty okay, every fight has special rules, so it's nice and varied, though as I said the best thing about the game is the online play
- the game is relatively expensive if you buy all the dlc. I'd say skip Leauge of Heroes because it has the weakest classes and get either Truth&Beauty or Gathering of Power (the most recent one)
- you can get a lot of value out of the demo. I played like a hundred online games before I bought the game (though a year or so ago they added a 5 games per day restriction to the demo)
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
162 products in account
5 reviews
15.6 hrs on record
Addicting card game that eliminates the maddening tendencies of most TCGs. Everyone gets the same deck, more or less, so money won't buy you special cards. There's an active multiplayer community and is a great game solo as well. Incredibly simple, but really works.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
3 reviews
11.2 hrs on record
A great calculated mind game that is an easy alternative to playing magic or chess. The story mode provides unique challenges as well as giving a sense of growth throughout the game. I'd suggest this game to any strategy loving gamers or any card game players.
Posted: January 1st, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
503 products in account
8 reviews
56.2 hrs on record
It must be one of the best confrontational card games. Unlike MTG, there's no trading, but prudent calculation is needed.
Posted: December 30th, 2013
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