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.
User reviews: Mixed (149 reviews)
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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"Ambitious project to create modern game that is a strong homage to the Bullfrong classic Magic Carpet. Already the project is shaping up to deliver."

Recent updates View all (13)

June 20

Update 0.27

This update adds mod-able game modes, and a sandbox mode. No Steam workshop support for mods yet, and I postponed survival mode for now.

Changelog:

  • Added mod-able game modes.
  • Added sandbox mode.
  • Added anti-aliasing blur setting.
  • Added option for shadow Temporal AA, independent from main AA setting.
  • Added option to enable developer tools (special hotkeys etc.), which is off by default.

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March 7

Update 0.26: new shadows

This is mostly a technical update, no gameplay changes. The major feature is new shadows.

I did some cache-related optimizations for the water/lava simulation, so let me know if it helped or not if the game was slow for you before.

Note that you can support me on Patreon now, which have some behind-the-scenes and work-in-progress posts for supporters. And my thanks to those who already did, it helps a lot!

Change log:

  • New shadows.
  • New anti-aliasing method (TAA).
  • Tree foliage now uses a much less detailed model in the distance, for performance.
  • Tried to improve water simulation performance on some CPUs.
  • Added rim lighting and adjusted land textures.
  • Disabled stylistic post-processing effect by default, you can toggle it with F5.
  • Various rendering optimizations.
  • Sound volume instead of master volume in settings.

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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 This 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
56 of 65 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Early Access Review
TL:DR - Don't buy, yet. If ever... It took them almost half a year to release 1 small update. I doubt this game will ever reach its full potential, though I hope for whoever still cares that it will.

(23/02/15): The game seems to be abandoned for a few months now. The last update was in september 2014, haven't heared from this game since... I don't know if anything is happening behind the scenes, but progress has been very slow even back then. At the time of writing, there is barely anything to do to even concider buying this game.

EDIT (23/02/15): I just found out that the developer has been working on another title. Starting a new project before finishing the first one and thus temporary abandoning this game, probably forever (since it's an one-man company), say's alot about the lack professionalism.

EDIT 2 (23/02/15): I found a review about this game here on Steam with a very unprofessional response from the developer. This made me decide not to buy anything from this developer again in the future. http://steamcommunity.com/id/BlueRaja/recommended/269610/

EDIT 3 (18/03/15): It seems that the game is not completely abondoned because they recently released a small update. However, this did take them almost half a year... This will probably be my last edit if the general state of the game stays as it is right now.

EDIT 4 (28/07/15): Some typo corrects ;)
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Early Access Review
In 1994, Bullfrog entertainment released Magic Carpet, a game where you flew about on, you guessed it, a magic carpet. The game became a cult classic, but besides the sequel Magic Carpet 2, no similar games were made. 20 years later, developer Ranmantaru games attempts to fill that void with a spiritual successor called Arcane Worlds.

As of now, only the framework of Arcane Worlds is done. Its only game mode throws you into a world with a small tutorial, where the basics of collecting mana and creating spells are explained. You then discover a portal, by which you can travel to other randomly generated planets. During these visits you collect treasures that serve as ingredients for creating new spells, that range from a simple lightning bolt to the ability to create an erupting volcano.

Having never played the original Magic Carpet, I had no real reference point, which means that I can’t compare it to the Bullfrog classic. What I can tell you however, is that the controls feel tight and responsive. Flying around is a breeze and more importantly, fun. Playing around with the various spells, slaying monsters and terraforming as you please, is also very entertaining. But after an hour or so you stumble upon the real problem of Arcane Worlds: that this entertainment doesn’t last forever.

After exploring a couple of planets, you’ve seen everything that Arcane Worlds currently offers. Shooting fireballs at flocks of birds becomes stale surprisingly quickly, and the terraforming is too rough around the edges to be fully enjoyed. The fact that the developer has put the development of the game on hold in favour of other projects, doesn’t help its case.

But then again, I’m not the target audience of Arcane Worlds. This project isn’t meant for people who weren’t even born when the original came out: it’s a love letter of one devoted fan, aimed at other, similarly dedicated fans of Magic Carpet. As of right now, I can only recommend Arcane Worlds to gamers who want to support the development of a HD version of Magic Carpet. Otherwise, I’d recommend waiting until full release.

You can find the video on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDIjyIMaly4
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Early Access Review
Lately, I've been playing this game in 1 hour increments. I really love it, I love the atmosphere, the way it plays. It's strangely common and serene with it's world and ambient music-- until enemies attack of course. I sincerely wish someone with more money than me can help the developer out and donate because I really would like to see this game finished! I never plated Magic Carpet so it's very fresh to me. Very different. Love it!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
While Arcane Worlds makes for a decent proof of concept, it makes for a bad investment considering the infrequent updates. The last update was in March, which is semi-recent, but there were many months lapse between the previous update.

Arcane Worlds is a spiratul successor to Magic Carpet - it has the base mechanics of flight, mana gathering, castle building combat, and portal usage, but not too much else. After I finished the tutorial of the first world, I moved on to the second world which had enemies that I couldn't kill quick enough due ot a lack of mana with my fireball. I had to wait for the mana to recharge so I could finally build a castle to then collect dropped mana from birds I could kill. Of course, attacking the birds made a HUGE swarm of birds attack me, follow me across the entire map and kill me at least twice. They aren't hard to kill, but you have a slow-ish fireball that can be fired about 2 shots per second and takes up mana. You can't just pick up mana, but must have your....bear friends pick up mana by casting a claim mana spell on drops. Basically, I'd kill a dozen birds, try to survive and clumsily restore mana, then turn around and repeat at least 5 times. I didn't feel any satisfaction from the combat (since the monsters still wouldn't die after plenty of hits which are tough to land) and the map didn't appear to have any pick ups to advance. The game felt clearly unfinished and I lost all interest.

After reading reviews, updates, and comments, I get the impression that the developer sees this project as a "side hustle" - another way to earn some cash. This doesn't appear to be some primary project that is worked on a regular basis, and instead a way to get money and MAYBE be encouraged to actually work on the game regularly. What is worse is that the dev has started another game in early access for purchase while this game is NO WHERE NEAR FINISHED AS EXCLAIMED FROM THE DEV HIMSELF WHEN YOU START A NEW GAME. The icing on the cake is the Patreon page to support the development of their games.

Also, let me give you this excerpt when somebody sakd when the game will be finished:

That depends on how much time I have to work on it. Which isn't much for now since I have a part-time job to pay my bills.

Basically, a major problem with Early Access is that some devs don't see this as a way to make a solid product, but hope people will support them financially. Valve needs ot find a way to remove that mindset of early access devs.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Early Access Review
Fantastic work so far. The teddy bear things are odd wish there was an option for something more........arcany? Maybe a Draco or imp?

Anyways, nice game runs beautifully and looks great. Hope you have time to work on it in the future. Magic Carpet was one of my all time favorite games hands down.
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