TEOS, an agency of holy mages, holds a tournament to find the best magic users in the world to take on a dark threat looming on the horizon. Choose your mage and take to the arena in this fast-paced competitive fighting game that mixes troop formations and fast action.
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Mixed (224 reviews) - 66% of the 224 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 21, 2014

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“"With a solid localization, the voice tracks make the story sequences much more enjoyable as they are told in-engine RPG-style."”
3/5 – Twinfinite

“What Magical Battle Festa brings to the table is something brand new. While it fits into the fighter genre, it handles and feels completely different from anything else I have played before.”
4/5 – SteamFirst

About This Game


In the near future, humanity has discovered a new element in their search for renewable energy: Magicore. Using "cauldrons" to refine the element, humans successfully create magic, and mages are born.

All is not well, though. As magic becomes more widespread, new creatures dubbed 'spectres' begin to appear. In hopes of training mages to fight spectres and form an army of Holy Mages, TEOS, the ruling magic agency, hosts a high stakes tournament: The Magical Battle Festa.

Gameplay

Magical Battle Festa is an arena-based fighting game with support for up to 4 players. Use devastating combos, special moves and incredible super moves to pummel your foes into submission. Easy to learn but challenging to master, Magical Battle Festa relies on your ability to dodge enemy attacks and use your attacks at the right time without sapping all your mana.

Key Features

  • Gain the edge in battle by using the magibots that follow you into battle. Order them into formations to give you higher attack, higher defense, and more! Proper use of both your magical abilities and your magibots are the key to victory.
  • Play intimate 1v1 matches arena matches against talented opponents, or take the game to the next level with four player. Play in teams or against unfair odds to test your skills. The sky's the limit when magic is involved.
  • Choose from a wealth of unique characters, each with their own attacks, weapons and special moves.
  • An all-star voice cast, including voice talent from all over the anime industry.
  • Zoom around the arena to avoid fire or make subtle sway movements to dodge attacks without ever giving up ground.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or better (or comparable AMD card)
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Mixed (224 reviews)
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Roxas
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
must play this..

1. you will find a waifu
2. the system requirements doesnt too high
3. many story plot
4. this game wasn't pay2win
5. great seiyuu

(CMIIW in my language)
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Guedin
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The gameplay mechanics are broken and frustrating. Just by mashing the simple attack button, you will stun lock the adversarie until he die. The camera view makes it difficult to read the action, and there's not a lot of option during combat : If you have been hit, you can do anything but wait the opponent has finished his combo, if you hit, you have won the match
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Asriel Dreemurr
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
:D My old review sucked, Lets just say that this is A good game, even if the death animations are a bit simple. DOUJIN!
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Vertex~blanc☆
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Kyubey said to me Just do it!
Don't let your dreams be dream!

So yeah, I've exchanged my soul for Kyubey and become Magical Moe.

--- Reviews ---

This games runs OK in Windows 10 64 bit with Nvidia GT730. But I wonder why it keep locking their FPS to 30. It runs perfect without lag on other computer, I just realize my computer is lag.
Sometimes the AI can be ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ too, because they always hit you until you down and keep hitting you so you can't hit them back. Smart AI isn't it.

I can say this is worth 3D fighting, just maybe need a little more practice. Fun a lot, the character also cute!
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gurtos
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
I didn't expect much, but this game didn't gave me even that. Or anything good for that matter.

Characters are flat, boring and uninspired. So is writing.
Gameplay doesn't help either.
I hoped for a simple fun with fights, but controls are far from perfect, characters aren't nearly as responsive as they should be and after a while I was just bored on top of being irritated.
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Alcoholic Poet (KittyTat)
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
If Cancer and AIDS were abusive parents, this would be their child.
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Skau
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The game seems fun but the optimization sucks ♥♥♥.
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Saffron Poet
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
It was interesting. Bought it at 12 in the morning, played with a friend, and uh... It was interesting. How can i sum up a game named Magical Battle Festa without saying jumbled piece of ♥♥♥♥. The sytem is eh, there is a random formation that blocks out any chance of knowing who the ♥♥♥♥ you're attacking, not to mention the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ camera. there are some interesting characters, one of which plays a flute and can wreck all of God's creatures. Haven't played the story, but ♥♥♥♥...
If you are unfortunate enough to have bought this game, than keep it, because it is interesting. I will continue to play this game until my weaboo status calls for more rights. 10/100 would probably play again.
*side note, this game should be played with an unsuspecting victim. just pick someone, who knows ♥♥♥♥ about this game and document their reaction. why? because it is, as I said, Interesting
*Secondary side note, the story is so weaboo i honestly believe it can cure weaboos of their illness. By illness i of course mean the need to buy a ♥♥♥♥ing anime life sized pillow. Seriously seek help.
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Nat Nat
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This game isn't worth it.
Found the game cool with the trailer on steam and expected to be a good a game or at least entertaining one.
- At first sight the chara design is awful. I knew it was not going to be a chara design such as Hyperdimension one but those 3D characters are just soooo outdated.
- The story isn't interesting: I did the tutorial and the characters were not even endearing.
- Ion the heroin seems hopeless because of her ability to be clumsy at any time.
- The voice are unbearable: the voice while in combat are kya! uwa! humph! and seiiii! and this is NOT pleasant to hear at all...
- The guard system is really painful to use, you have to guard at the exact same time the enemy strikes without any indicator or warning.
- The music are okay but really repetitive.

In conclusion I expected this game to be at least fun but I won't ever spend more than an hour playing this game.
You should rather keep your money and buy a (I think we can say) better hack'n slash game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
79 of 94 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
It's a fun 3D battle game with lots of energy attacks.

Gameplay:
That said, I might not play many battle games so I don't know if this is normal, but I find it a bit difficult to break out of an opponent's combo. I mean, all defensive measures (dodge/shield) seem to fail if you don't guard before the first hit lands and your opponent starts an X-X-X-X punch combo. It'd be great if you can break free somehow, otherwise it seems stupid absorbing damage for if you don't guard in time. I wonder if you can interrupt the combo chain if you overdrive.

You wouldn't think it, but your companion bots are a lot more important than you would expect. You need them to execute your best moves, run interference, and boost your stats depending on the formation. If used well, it can make a difficult opponent easy. And if ignored, even an easy opponent can become a pain in the butt.

Story mode is very easy. The CPU tends to crumble very easily if you perform an all out attack. And you don't need to worry about ultimate attacks. But don't let the ease of your completion fool you. Wait till you unlock and try out Magical Battle Festa mode. That's when the gloves come off and the CPU becomes serious.


Controls:
Let's see, what else. I play with a Xbox360 gamepad and I've found that the default controls work well enough once I get used to them. I've heard that keyboard players have a bit of trouble working with the camera, of which careful handling is needed. More on that later.

Sound:
It's partially voiced. During story mode, when the characters are performing the prebattle and postbattle conversations, the conversations are punctuated by bits of Japanese here and there. It's sort of like emoticons. It's cute I suppose, but it's also strange when you see multiple lines of text and you only hear like 5 words of Japanese.

Camera:
Because this game is battle royale capable, you might find the camera a bit awkward. Unlike Virtua Fighter or other 3D fighting games your character and follow-cam do not automatically follow your opponent. The reason is because there can be up to 3 other opponents. You can't just jump the camera back and forth automatically. It's not a movie, it's a fighting game. Without the automatic tracking, you're left with manual handling.

And when you play you'll soon find that part of your success in battle is keeping that camera focused on the action. If you're not diligent, you can soon lose track of the battle and find yourself blindsided.

That said, my pet peeve is that there is a button that allows you to lock the camera onto an opponent. The button itself is fine, the problem is that it doesn't force your character to automatically face that opponent when you've locked on, you have to handle the direction your character is facing yourself. So I have to spend a frame or two to run toward an opponent in order to face him before unleashing a long range attack. Otherwise, I'll find the attack shooting off in the other direction because my character happens to be looking the other way.

Story:
The story is really short. It covers a few days of a yearly tournament where the characters each have their motives. Most of them have pure motives...some do not. Saying anymore would probably spoil it. I kind of like how the story mode is arranged. Basically, the match results are predetermined. Because of this, the matches that you find yourself playing will be as the character that is supposed to win. So it's best not to lose, okay?

Multiplayer:
Right now MP rooms are hard to find. I guess everyone with the game is trying to unlock all of the characters first. That said, it was a joy to discover that it's not local multiplayer but internet multiplayer.

So let me share my observations. I'm in the US and I found an opponent playing in Japan. It's a situation where two players are playing each other from across the world, a 12 hour difference seperating them. We found that when we were the host, there were no response issues. However, the situation is different for those players who weren't the host. They would experience latency issues. When he hosted, I've found that it could take a second for a button press to register. While this delay won't mess with your ability to execute a combo since that's just button mashing, it will interfere with your camera control, movement, and timing-related actions like perfect blocks. I need to test against someone closer to see if the delay is smaller.

Overall:
A few minor annoyances here and there, but overall the game is rather fun to play.
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198 of 286 people (69%) found this review helpful
187 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I always wanted to be a mahou shoujo
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65 of 84 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
This may look like a fast paced game but it's really shallow and repetitive. Most of the game can be beaten by using the basic attack sequence that always launch your enemy>jump>air attack sequence>ranged attack, and out of that there isn't anything more complex that you can pull in this game, I didn't find any way to break out of the basic combo(and neither did the CPU on me), you can't link different attacks and there isn't any button combinations other than attack while dashing and hold button to charge. The robots that swarm you doesn't seem to add much to the game other than pollute your screen.

Certain story levels keep on crashing and there isn't much people playing to get to fight online. Finding a proper control scheme can be troublesome if you don't have a controller as you can't bind any action to your mouse. The lock on is pretty wonky as there is no way to use it while having your character being in the center, it either aligns to the left or to the right and makes your character get too close to the camera, it doesn't even adjust your attacks to the enemy, defeating any purpose of having a lock on system. The game has some nice designs but the 3D models fail to reproduce the quality of the illustrations.

I haven't played Magical Battle Arena in a while but I'm sure it was more polished than Festa. At least I don't remember doing the most basic thing such as facing your enemy when attacking being such a chore as it is here.
I don't find myself playing this game ever again and I don't recommend getting it even at a lower price.
Playism couldn't even get the name of a character right on the achievements.
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
I was very interested in this game when I first saw it. I thought it would have been a decent 1vs1 brawler with the bonus depth of army vs army combat. However it is held back by poor controls, very outdated graphics, and a whole bunch of technical problems, IE hitting escape exits the whole game, and frequent crashes on both of my pcs. With a few tweaks to the controls this game could be a a fun little action game.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
In this game's current state there are a lot of problems... It's a pretty simple 4-player battle arena with dodgy controls (read: there's no tracking even on locked on opponents). Probably would be pretty fun regardless playing as intended with four people, but a lot of the stuff in the game is broken. There are three real killer problems here...

First, the game crashes a lot during battles. Seems to come out of absolutely nowhere. It's always disappointing when you're beating a cheesy boss or fighting a tough battle and winning and the game just stops working. Once or twice is bad enough. Often is not acceptable in any game.

Second, there are controller issues. The configuration tool is bugged or something and binds anything you put into it into different keys a lot of the time. Fiddling with your controller for half an hour when you don't like the controls really is inexcusable at all. I don't even understand how something like that can happen.

Third, and the worst offender is the online. The online is absolutely terrible. If you're not one of the people having an issue with black screens and actually get to play (I can, but I've only been playing with one other person), the netcode can do very, very strange things at times. I've had times where I can't move, and then get to move super speed after. My friend claimed he got hit all the way across the map by my super. Things that connect that shouldn't do and vice versa. On top of all this you can only play one game after making a lobby; if anyone attempts to return to lobby instead of leaving netplay the game flat out crashes for everyone.

There are other problems but those three are bad enough to kill it for me alone. Given that there are no other games like this on Steam at the moment this seems like it would be a slam dunk but the developers clearly needed to do more testing before release. Game was patched about a month ago as of this writing so there's hope that it'll be fixed, but right now it's definitely not a recommend from me.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Do I recommend this game? I don't know. I tend to say yes, but this game has some flaws that have to be adressed.

1) The multiplayer is deader than dead. For an arcade title, it's one of the essential features and it's a shame that it's not used. I wasn't able to find an active community prior to launching this game.

2) Since Multiplayer is dead, local play is the only option. Story mode lasts for about 3 hours. Besides that, there is a "Free Battle" and Tutorial Mode. That's it.

3) The optimization is ♥♥♥. For ♥♥♥♥ and giggles, I launched a 4player CPU battle. The result was a 4player split screen with horrible FPS drops - which shouldn't happen during a game with ps-vita graphics. Can't blame it on my rig either. I'm sure a i7-3770k, GTX970 and 16gb of RAM should handle it just fine.


I recommend picking it up on sale when it is cheap. Very cheap. I can't justify the +10$ I spent on this purchase. Everything can be reconsidered, when there is an active community, hosting active events. But at the moment, you pay a rather big amount of money for a digital, poorly optimized multiplayer game without an active multiplayer scene.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I'm not familiar with these devs but THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE A 3D FIGHTER!! Takes place in a sci-fi/magical setting with classes like "Bushido Mage," "Holy Mage," "Magical Cyborg" and mechanics that actually have depth (more than can be said for the random and quickly-boring "fly, punch and shoot-only system" so frequent with this sub-genre of fighter.) With mechanics like Just Guard, invulnerable wake-ups, what I'd call a refined Bushido Blade Clash System, it's very unique formation system and "Drives" with their own underlying mechanics and a defensive gameplay that focuses on your ability to sway and punish as oppose to wasting magic/energy/ki/etc, this game feels like what the DBZ Raging Blast games SHOULD have been like... on PC with controller support. It's under $20, and AMAZING. Pick this game up
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
I love me some kawaii magical girls, but this is a game no one should play. It's a buggy mess from top to bottom. No matter what sort of lock on option you choose, you can always rely on the camera facing the opposite direction of the enemy. The sound and music will randomly crash. Hit boxes are a mess. There were several times I was juggled by enemy combos when the enemy was several feet away from my character and facing the other way. That doesn't matter though, thanks to the braindead AI everyone can be easily defeated with some button mashing. You could go looking in the empty lobbies for a human opponent, or you could just buy a better game to play online.

There are lots of Japanese games on Steam that have cute girls in them that aren't pure trash. Treat yourself to one of those instead.
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
Magical Battle Festa is a 3D Aerial Platform Fighting Game consisting of many characters from different anime created by Fly-System. It introduces the fighting in a similar manner to modern Gundam video games such as the Gundam Battle Assault series, except the fact that the characters come from the anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Card Captor Sakura, Slayers, Magic Circle Guru Guru, the eroge Visual Novel Magical Girl Kirara and Sarara, and the original characters, Lulu Gelad and Nowel Diastasis who are created in Magical Battle Arena.

Pros:

-Moe girls <3<3
-Joystick option
-Intensive 4v4 battles
-Pantsus
-Theres a girl that apologize when she hits you lol that's cute
-"GO-DESU~"

Cons:

-When you dont have a joystick it's difficult to play
-No people on "Network"(multiplayer)
-People says it's expensive, so when it comes on sale grab it
-No cute steam backgrounds(I mean come on... you made a game with many moe girls why not backgrounds too?)


I will give it a 8/10 only because of the moe and kawaii girls, and also the game is pretty fun, i worth paying for it. :3
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
I think this game is pretty good. The controls are simple and east to learn, the characters are easy to learn as well. The story is silly and anime as hell. My only gripes are the default controls are kinda bad and the keyboard controls are unplayable(thankfully I own a game pad) No mouse support though. If you have a game pad and 4 friends to play with I recommend it

EDIT: a point brought up by Soluna is being added. I should note this game is niche so it does not have a big user base at the moment(though a summer sale could change it) If you want it mainly for online play you may wanna hold off or think about it. If you got some friends(4 or so) interested in the game I'd say buy it. Also good if you are into these kinda DBZ sorty arena fighting games.
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