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A game inspired by classic Magic Carpet, with modern graphics and features. You play as a sorcerer, exploring mysterious worlds, changing them, discovering ancient secrets, creating new spells, fighting creatures and other mages, building and destroying as you please.
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

The Early Access version has:
* Dynamic, procedurally generated worlds.
* Water and lava simulation.
* Swarms of creatures.
* Initial global gameplay (web of worlds).

As the development goes on, the following features will be added:
* Web of worlds to explore and change, with global goals and consequences.
* More spells, creatures, special worlds, places and events.
* PvP multi-player mode.
* Sandbox mode (possible with cheats for now).
* Controller support.
* Linux and Mac ports.”
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Update 0.22

July 27th, 2014

I rewrote most of the world generation for this update. It's now based around the gameplay needs. One can add a bunch of elements needed for the gameplay to the world and the system will build the terrain around that.

I left the gameplay about the same for now, but I'll change that with the next updates, especially the ways you get new spells.

The old saved games won't work with this update, and the next ones will likely break them again.

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Update 0.21

June 28th, 2014

The major feature is saving/loading of worlds, with all monsters, objects, scripts etc. It took about a month this time, but there was no way to release half of it.

The game is otherwise about the same, but feels a bit different anyway since you now keep your castles in every world etc. However, persistent worlds allow for long-term gameplay, so I'm going to build on that in the next updates.

Change log:

  • Worlds with all monsters, objects etc. are now saved in the saved game.
  • Added button to open saved games folder.
  • Added "black dot" crosshair option.
  • Combat music now starts immediately when a caterpillar attacks the player.

Some people asked about some kind of roadmap, so here's a rough estimate of the development progress so far:

Engine tech: 64%
World mechanics: 39%
Global gameplay mechanics: 10%
Spells: 41%
Content: 7%

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“Even if Arcane Worlds only ever copied Magic Carpet, that would be enough for some people to be excited about it... but it already looks like there’s more to it than that.”
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About the Game

A game inspired by classic Magic Carpet, with modern graphics and features. You play as a sorcerer, exploring mysterious worlds, changing them, discovering ancient secrets, creating new spells, fighting creatures and other mages, building and destroying as you please.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4, Athlon 64
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 6600, ATI X1300
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista or newer
    • Processor: 2 cores or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 class card or better
Helpful customer reviews
60 of 84 people (71%) found this review helpful
87 products in account
4 reviews
5.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's early access yet (01/29/14) so the game is not complete, but what is there is very promising.

Arcane Worlds takes up the same style of game play as the Magic Carpet series put out by BullFrog in 1994. In the intervening two decades nobody has taken up the gauntlet and offered up such a destructable world. It's not bullet holes and burn marks slapped up when you miss but burning trees and craters gouged out of the landscape. Even though the roster of spells is only about half filled the expectation is there; There is no problem that can't be solved with some magic.

The developer is doing everything right and I can't imagine early access on steam was an easy decision. I have no doubts that single player will eventually become a fully realized spiritual successor to the Magic Carpet style of gameplay. The frustrating part of this is going to be waiting while the developer keeps up the same quality job implementing the rest of the game. Looking forward to each new update adding Spells or other game play features, and since I am sure the Dev will be sick of it not going to compare Arcane Worlds to Magic Carpet again. But it really is well done and unique with a great sense of art design.

Pros
What's there works, and is a professional job! Single Player, the Spells that are currently present, creatures, magic portals, multiple worlds, and the redoing the landscaping all work and every single part of that looks great.

Cons
It's very early access. Only about half of the spells are in place, an odd choice of mana collector models, and a bare minimum of creatures to provide mana. Also there is no "dungons & dragons" style story or missions in place yet so frankly it's very very early access at this point. The biggest problem is the simple fact that the game is early access and not "done".

Posted: January 29th, 2014
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35 of 51 people (69%) found this review helpful
116 products in account
2 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Want a game where you can spend hours turning the entire world into a monstrous volcano that threatens to bring even the mightiest of graphics cards to its knees? Look no further than Arcane Worlds.

The first thing I noticed was the cheat options. While I lasted at least 20 minutes before succumbing to the temptation, I found that the game is so lacking in features that I had little else left to do besides cheat. Once you give yourself the mana cheat and the ALL SPELLS cheat.... Rapid-fire volcanology awaits! Many other available spells vie for your interest as well, but they all pale in comparison to the mighty volcano spell.

SO.... $10 for a quality physics simulator which (I have not yet been able to crash, although I can drop framerate to abysmal levels) where I get to turn the entire world into a volcano over the course of an hour and a half? Count me in!

Players: You are ALREADY getting a quality physics fluids simulator in a procedurally generated (rather small/wrapping) world for just $10. Go for it. This is more entertaining and less buggy than a LOT of other crap out there on Steam (and other ware stores).

To the dev: Well done sir! Now you face the daunting task of adding meaningful gameplay to this fantastic world simulator you have created. I wish you the best of luck and encourage players to follow this game closely as things develop.
Posted: February 1st, 2014
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
405 products in account
24 reviews
2.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Magic Carpet with new ideas in alpha phase.... you dont know Magic Carpet?
Build Castle - kill enemies - collect mana - discover the word - learn/find new spells - find portal to anotherworld! Repeat
Well there are 2 kinds of spells, dmg or things like "Build Vulcano" Set Waterspring etc for design the world
Its a flying minecraft godsimulator *-*
Nothing more to say , here a vid from the orginal ^^
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phuWDJPRhVY
classic :)
Posted: March 12th, 2014
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
57 products in account
3 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
There is nothing to do... I don't see any reason for all the thumbs up. I understand this is alpha, but there is no real game to play. You float around, you can shoot birds, you send weird teddy bears marching about, you can make big holes or mountains, but there's really no point to any of it yet. None of your actions matter and your changes to the world aren't even saved.
Posted: April 8th, 2014
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
977 products in account
56 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I do realize its only Alpha but this game is more of tech demo than anything. Not much to do other than fly around a bit and use spells. Hope it gets better..not worth $9.99 right now.
Posted: February 13th, 2014
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195 of 237 people (82%) found this review helpful
1,471 products in account
12 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
EARLY ACCESS-

Those are two big words these days that get quite mistruded, misunderstood or just plain ignored. EARLY ACCESS. While yes the game was just added to Steam today and it is a very early alpha build I found the game to be enjoyable. The game may be lacking in things to do but again that is because of EARLY ACCESS. Buying the game at this point is supporting the game and giving money to the developer to help push development faster and further.

With that said my experience in the game was very enjoyable. I played for about an hour and twenty minutes. There are about 12 spells to find and unlock currently. To do that there are altars or events that happen on a map and you complete them using the spells you already have. You then unlock newer , more powerful spells. I played around with the water and the volcano for a long time. It was a lot of fun.

There is a small amount of combat in the game right now and I can't say whether or not it will be a combat centered game. However you can place a castle down and your ... well bear like things go out and collect what appears to be a resource of some kind. You can also find a spell to place guard towers down. Ultimately you are to find the portal on the map by doing all the objectives and it opens up new worlds to choose from and explore.

For a early access game, this early in development It was very enjoyable. The developer plans to add more spells and other very cool features and mechanics to the game as time permits.

Is it worth the price? Definitely! Check this one out. As for a Early Access score ? I will wait as I want to play it more but I love my first impression of this game.
Posted: January 28th, 2014
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