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...
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Release Date: Oct 15, 2008

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“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 This 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
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113 of 132 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
Great game but beware, draconic DRM you can only install the game 5 times then your key becomes blocked. Wouldn't have bought this if I new that, and no more buying DLC for me. Not a recommended game to buy until DRM is removed.
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60 of 74 people (81%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
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.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
309.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
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
- you can get a lot of value out of the demo. I played like a hundred online games before I bought the game (but a year or so ago they added a 5 games per day restriction to the demo)
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
I wasn't observant enough to see that there was a crappy DRM that only allows you to activate the game on 5 computers. I don't think it will pose a problem for me personally, apart from having to deal with activation codes, but I hate the concept. It feels like I don't own this game fully, and if I cared enough it could affect the way I deal with upgrades of my computers.
But I will probably only activate this once and wont install it ever again, as it seems quite boring. I will also make sure not to buy anything from Apus Software or Three Donkeys LLC again.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
This is a good game. It really is. The strategy of the cards, the differences in approach as a result etc are all really promising. It gets a thumbs down from me though, and that's for one very important reason:


I have no idea of the history of this game - for example, maybe they never coded it with Steam in mind, but 5 installs and then no more is ridiculous on Steam. Steam takes care of all the DRM'y goodness you need. Don't bother if you move across computers, it's really cheap but will still be a waste of money.

Beyond that though, I give it a 9/10 for a strategy card game. I really do think it's that decent, particularly for the price. Shame they're a bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s...
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
278.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
The game has an elegant simplicity that quickly draws you in and enough strategic depth to keep you playing for many hours. It's been my favorite go-to game for a quick fix gaming session for many months now. In fact, while I've purchased lots of other computer based card games over the years, I haven't enjoyed any of them as much as Spectromancer since the long-ago release of Microprose's Magic the Gathering. If you enjoy this type of strategy game and can have fun without the bells and whistles of state-of-the-art animations, elaborate sound effects or eye candy graphics, Spectromancer offers great value for your money.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
397.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
From the mind of Richard Garfield, creator of Magic the Gathering, and other similar gifted people.

This is NOT a ccg, there is no collectible aspect. The available cards are determined by class, and randomiser. Don't worry, there are not that many cards that the randomiser can screw you to any relevant degree.

The single player game is fun, but it is in multi that this game truly shines. Very enjoyable.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2012
This game is really fun and surprisingly addictive. It's kind of like a card game, but at the start of each game 20 cards are selected from your collection and those cards are the only cards available for that game. There's no drawing involved - all 20 are available to cast provided you have enough mana. There's a lot of variety as your deck will change from match to match, but also lets you do a lot of strategic planning during each duel as you don't have to rely on luck to draw the right card.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
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.
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49.4 hrs
Posted: September 9
Excellent game, especially for its money.
I would say that this was teh most major inspiration for Hearthstone, only - this is a much better game.

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0.7 hrs
Posted: July 17
good, but not the best.
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The Big $teamy One
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 13
If you bought any DLC outside of Steam the developer won't provide a Steam key so that you can keep it all together and keep track of it thus resulting in signing in mulitple times and fishing for passwords; even then you're not sure if you've installed all the DLC properly

There are quite a few other really decent card games on Steam (and off) which require only one purchase, not server dependent and will still be playable even after the developer has closed shop and unplugged their servers.
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☕ Auron
5.6 hrs
Posted: May 18
The game is OK,nice well made, addictive mainly to fans of magic the gathering and others card games, but....
My review is about bad attitude that makes the Spectromancer have DRM:
"Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Activation code
Renewal on request, 5 machine activation limit "

after that then your code key becomes blocked and need other activation code key again.
I have a discussion about that:

Is very important not only review a game but to inform about the whole experience as a whole.
since aspect ,features of game, supported platforms, translations languages, dev/publisher relationship with the customers. Keeping out sensorship cap, abuses, bad business practices, false promisses and other things that need to be alert and warned in steam.

So I would recommend this game, but not recommend buying it.
Do not pay their money to be disrespected and not support bad method of DRM practices.
Piracy is not bad at all, and some bad companies deserve it
while different others good deserve be supported, recomended and not only about a good product but also for respect for their customers.

(don't give them other chance, no deserve to be supported and treated us as kid):
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55.2 hrs
Posted: February 9
Best compact card game ever. A round is playable in 5 minutes. Amazing depth. Great replayability because of randomized decks (default game mode). Fair graphics and music. Excellent for tablets. Hotseat and online multiplayer available. Not too many creatures and spells to remember.
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336.9 hrs
Posted: January 5
I really like this game and all the DLC playing it for years one of only a few games I have never uninstalled
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11.4 hrs
Posted: November 11, 2015
Decent magic style game.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: November 2, 2015
Excellent game. After playing Hearthstone, MTG, and other TCGs, this game takes the cake in the level of depth and gameplay for a digital tcg. This game is genius in every sence of the word. And the best part of all is I get all the cards with my purchase. I don't need to spend more money collecting rares.

NOTE: ONLY buy the base game + Gathering power to get everything. There is no need to buy the other two dlcs as Gathering Power contains all the content from the previous 2. Not sure why they are still listed.
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243.7 hrs
Posted: June 27, 2015
If you're into fantasy-themed card-games, then this is your ultimate addiction.
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