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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 0.24: dark worlds

August 31

I did various improvements while planning, so I decided to add dark worlds and release the update.

The launcher is gone for good, and settings are now in a text file instead of Windows registry. You'll need to change them again if you're updating since they'll be reset to the defaults, but it's only once for this update.

Change log:

  • Game settings are now saved in the Windows app data folder instead of the registry.
  • Removed the launcher.
  • Added dark worlds.
  • Worlds with undiscovered treasures are now highlighted on the universe map.
  • Available resources are now displayed on the universe map.
  • Added a hint on how to scroll and zoom the universe map.
  • Added descriptions for special worlds, visible on the universe map after visiting the world.
  • Activated triggers are now changed on the world map. No more looking for the missed one!
  • Changed magic vortex effect a bit to make it different for portals, spells and resources.
  • Improved tutorial to tell which buttons to use and point to objects on the map.
  • Player now respawns in the castle with zero mana and half health after death.
  • Available resources are now displayed when at the crafting altar.
  • Monster loot is now configurable from script (note for modders).
  • Optimized some parts of the world generation.
  • Added some decorative filler elements like forests and lakes.
  • Improved artistic post-effect and sky shaders quality a bit.
  • For debugging purposes, log files are saved in the Windows app data folder now.
  • Screenshots are now saved in the Windows app data folder.
  • The new game now starts in the first world directly, without the universe map.
  • Fixed saved game bug which likely only affected the tutorial world.
  • Fixed rare universe generator bug that prevented the access to the crafting world.
  • Some other minor improvements.

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Update 0.23: resources and crafting

August 13

So, here's the serious change to the global gameplay. You won't find spells in the worlds now, instead you can collect resources to craft them. I might add spells you can find later, but they'll be very rare, and most likely hidden in some secret places and locked with puzzles.

There's also a tutorial now. I'll expand it as I add new mechanics in the next updates.

Let me know what you think of the new gameplay.

Change log:

  • Added resources which can be collected from the worlds and crafted into spells.
  • Added tutorial world.
  • Birds will now flock more and attack together when provoked.
  • Fixed bug that sometimes caused generated worlds to be empty.
  • Fixed bugs that produced wrong distances to portal and castle. Mana recharging and Use Portal spell will work better now.
  • Starting a new game in the used slot will now properly erase all old files.

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Reviews

“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
33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
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 8
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
As of right now I can't recommend it in good faith. While they claim it's a newer version of Magic Carpet ( I own Magic Carpet; and I have the original disks ), it's not quite the same. It is currently early access, so they'll be up for another review closer to release.

Magic carpet allowed you to fight an enemy, right from the ~second level. When you killed a creature, gold mana balls would drop down. You'd need to cast a spell on them to claim those mana balls as your own. Once you cast the spell ( Spam right clicking ), your hot-air-balloons would come pick them up. Enemy carpeteers could claim your mana if it wasn't picked up yet. If it was picked up ( if I recall correctly ) they could destroy the hot-air-balloon and take it. This was much more challenging that this game currently is.

I'd thought about making a clone of Magic Carpet for the longest time; but I didn't. Depending how this game turns out, I may create my own.

The water effect is not that great; monsters spawn in out of nowhere; you get the same spells over and over and over again; after playing for several hours ( on the pre-desura and pre-steam release ) I left the game, came back and it was fine. I tried loading the game and my save was gone. All spells, all levels, everything - albeit not much because it's still early access. The monsters don't look that great, I'm hoping they'll add a lot more polish to the game as it progresses.

It has potential, but as of right now the early release is over-priced albeit by the end, if done properly, I could see this being a $20-25 title.
Posted: April 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Never saw a game like that before, i really enjoy:
- The cool effects
- The element casting
- Awesome designed entities
You could add this here:
- More entities
- A short introduction to the game
- Maybe a better control I find it a bit weird

Everybody should buy this game to help the developer and improve the development.
Posted: July 27
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Here's a shocker; I only bought this game on impulse... It looked like an awesome idea and that's about all I went on when I bought it.

This game really surprised me though. I played it way too long for its actual gameplay. I guess it's because of the thrill of exploring an uncharted world, the need to get more spells to be even more powerful and see the absolute chaos that your power can bring to the world. To be able to shape it in any way that you want. I mean let's be honest here... Who wouldn't want to be a powerful mage soaring through the sky, killing evil black things that are hostile and gaining more powers as you explore new worlds?

I for one am pleased, for once, that I followed my 'ooooo shiny' impulse. Thanks for all the work that you guys do! I'm glad to see that the game is updated fairly regularly.
Posted: May 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Not to much to say. Early game stage so not much to do then destroy or flood the entire planet XD. I see alot of potenial and I hope to see the game succeed!
Posted: August 5
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201 of 245 people (82%) found this review helpful
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 28
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