Magnifico is a popular region-based board game where the ultimate goal is to dominate 16th century Europe and is now available for PC! Play hard or play clever, Europe’s dominance is just one Victory Point away.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (70 reviews) - 57% of the 70 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 2, 2014

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Magnifico

SUMMER SALE! Offer ends July 4

-75%
$4.99
$1.24
 

About This Game

Magnifico is a popular region-based board game where the ultimate goal is to dominate 16th century Europe and is now available for PC!

Players are faced with tough economic and military decisions as they earn Victory Points and attempt to outbid opponents at the auction and get their hands on Leonardo Da Vinci’s most powerful war machines. Every Victory Point has to be earned by careful placement of your troops, construction of fortifications, and invasion of bordering regions. Each new turn brings a chance to acquire Da Vinci’s precious projects and get the upper hand over your opponents.

Cannons, flying machines, bombards, tanks and many more inventions will be available as options at the auction table, but only with a perfect balance of risk and caution will players make the most of them.

Play hard or play clever, Europe’s dominance is just one Victory Point away.

Main Features:

  • The only strategy game with Da Vinci’s inventions and works of art! Build Castles, Tanks, Aircraft and much more!
  • Bid at the auction for Da Vinci’s inventions.
  • Upgrade your infantry, tanks and aircraft with new technologies to increase reliability and combat power.
  • Fight battles with wondrous technologies but be careful as tanks can explode!
  • Many special weapons including the Great Cannon, Submarines, Armoured Ships, Paratroopers and more!
  • Compete for control of 16th century Europe on a region based map.
  • Earn Victory points for most castles, territories, technologies, being Magnifico and other special actions.
  • Single player mode against up to 3 AI players, selected from 10 AI characters with their own play styles.
  • In depth in-game tutorial and detailed manual.
  • Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Chinese!
  • Based on the popular board game “Da Vinci’s Art of War - Magnifico” created by Spartaco Alberatrelli

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and directx 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete GPU capable of directx 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Overall:
Mixed (70 reviews)
Recently Posted
Necco Z.
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
-----------------------
  • Hey, looks like it's your first time playing! Wanna see the tutorial?
  • Ok, choose a place to start. I obviously won't tell you where you should start on your first game, because who cares?
  • Now, let's go to the auction. Here you can spend money on projects that I won't tell what are for.
  • You spent 200 gold and the others spent 20? Way to go!
  • Now let's go to the map. Didn't I tell you that you also have to spend gold to invade other places? Bummer!

    [some turns later]

  • Let's attack another territory! Let's roll those dice that you didn't know existed until now!
  • Wow, your tank will deal 4 damage! Wait... the gears broke for no explained reason, and that damage was dealt to your units instead! You lose, n00b!
-----------------------

Worst tutorial ever. Not a good way to make someone like your game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
TLeeHelen
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
I really wanted to like Magnifico. I grew up playing Risk with friends and family, and even played semi-competitively in online Risk. Magnifico adds a few twists, but not enough to make it a standout. The game is very polished for what exists in the game, but feels disappointingly unfinished. There's no multi-player and the AI is easy to beat once you've figured out it's strategy. I've played and beaten all 4 maps that are included, and while I enjoyed it for the few hours it took to learn the game, there's no continued game after 5 hours here.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
a_harmless_teddy_bear
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Imagine if royalty took Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions seriously and built them for battle: that is what you get in this game. It took a while for me to get used to the gameflow, but I'm finding myself to be really enjoying it.

I got this as part of a humble bundle and I was pleasantly surprised. The interface is pleasant and relatively easy to use.

I do get the gripe about the lack of multiplayer. I thought I had simply received the "cheap" version because I bought it through the humble bundle. It would be great if they release an update with multiplayer.

I don't know what other players are saying about the AI: you have to play the harder AIs to be attacked...
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Miyuu
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Randomness >> Strategy
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Khorne
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Not really my thing and not particularly fun single player.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
talgaby
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
Short version: 41%
Magnifico tried to reinvent Risk with the addition of some twists, but in the end it failed by turning a strategy game into something where skill has absolutely no place next to pure luck.

Long version:
I don’t like to form opinions on board games after such a short time of game play, but going through four of the five difficulty levels and all four maps of Magnifico, I have to say, playing one or two games really exhaust everything this board game offers.

The basic premise is a variation of Risk and Catan: 3-4 players fight over a map divided into several territories, gathering army and fortifying home cities along the way. On top of the usual infantry, the players can use tanks that do massive damage, and planes that can bypass fortification defences. All three unit types can be upgraded with the use of cards that are acquired on pre-turn auctions.

In theory, it all sounds great, but in practise this is not a strategy game but a game of chance. Everything is random from territory values to battles: infantry can just fall down and die from nothing, and a malfunctioning tank can instantly wipe out an army regardless of its size.
The cards are chosen randomly, and being lucky enough to have a winning bid on, for example the one that can sacrifice an infantry to reduce city defences to nothing, can pretty much win the game by itself.

Maybe if there would be multiplayer, it could salvage the game, because the computer either never attacks and gathers victory points behind safe walls, or gangs up on the player and steamrolls them. It’s just not fun to play Magnifico, because it is either boring or frustrating.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Niflheim
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
Give me the card!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Pedro Q.
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2015
Very original mix of Risk with Renaissance Steampunk and some randomized land bonuses to boot. Although I would love a "skip animations" button, it is well recommended!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
-----------------------
  • Hey, looks like it's your first time playing! Wanna see the tutorial?
  • Ok, choose a place to start. I obviously won't tell you where you should start on your first game, because who cares?
  • Now, let's go to the auction. Here you can spend money on projects that I won't tell what are for.
  • You spent 200 gold and the others spent 20? Way to go!
  • Now let's go to the map. Didn't I tell you that you also have to spend gold to invade other places? Bummer!

    [some turns later]

  • Let's attack another territory! Let's roll those dice that you didn't know existed until now!
  • Wow, your tank will deal 4 damage! Wait... the gears broke for no explained reason, and that damage was dealt to your units instead! You lose, n00b!
-----------------------

Worst tutorial ever. Not a good way to make someone like your game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
I really wanted to like Magnifico. I grew up playing Risk with friends and family, and even played semi-competitively in online Risk. Magnifico adds a few twists, but not enough to make it a standout. The game is very polished for what exists in the game, but feels disappointingly unfinished. There's no multi-player and the AI is easy to beat once you've figured out it's strategy. I've played and beaten all 4 maps that are included, and while I enjoyed it for the few hours it took to learn the game, there's no continued game after 5 hours here.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
It feels like Magnifico was never completed. For one, the interface makes it feel as though multiplayer was definitely a plan. There is a blank option box under "Singleplayer" and if they had never planned MP, why even make you choose singleplayer when it is the only option? I've played three full games and thus far the AI has not once chosen to attack one of my castles. They could have a "Perfect City" (castle with 5 shields) with 15 soldiers, 3 tanks and 3 planes and not attack my unshielded castle on a tile that generates revenue + soldiers. They'll leave it alone even as I'm attacking them, taking their land. The game itself is fairly fun and I could see myself enjoying they actual board game with friends who try to play versus AI who go out of their way to never challenge you. Unfortunately there is practically no replayability as there are no goals to work towards, no real challenge, no unlocks or accomplishments, and sadly not even local hotseat multiplayer.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Short version: 41%
Magnifico tried to reinvent Risk with the addition of some twists, but in the end it failed by turning a strategy game into something where skill has absolutely no place next to pure luck.

Long version:
I don’t like to form opinions on board games after such a short time of game play, but going through four of the five difficulty levels and all four maps of Magnifico, I have to say, playing one or two games really exhaust everything this board game offers.

The basic premise is a variation of Risk and Catan: 3-4 players fight over a map divided into several territories, gathering army and fortifying home cities along the way. On top of the usual infantry, the players can use tanks that do massive damage, and planes that can bypass fortification defences. All three unit types can be upgraded with the use of cards that are acquired on pre-turn auctions.

In theory, it all sounds great, but in practise this is not a strategy game but a game of chance. Everything is random from territory values to battles: infantry can just fall down and die from nothing, and a malfunctioning tank can instantly wipe out an army regardless of its size.
The cards are chosen randomly, and being lucky enough to have a winning bid on, for example the one that can sacrifice an infantry to reduce city defences to nothing, can pretty much win the game by itself.

Maybe if there would be multiplayer, it could salvage the game, because the computer either never attacks and gathers victory points behind safe walls, or gangs up on the player and steamrolls them. It’s just not fun to play Magnifico, because it is either boring or frustrating.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
At $5, this is a steal, and one the company website, you can get the real board game for $14.99.

Magnifico is a clever mixture of artistic and tactical warfare. It's roots are in the Axis and Allies mold, but it plays dramatically different, with the inclusion of cards that make for asymmetrical opponents of varying qualities.

It's an elegant translation of the original board game, and a worthy addition to your library. One can only hope other games, like Dust, will be made into digital format(s) as well.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Only played a single game and enjoyed it - to a point.
It is very risk like in places - but the army building is different.
The card auctions are strange and you have to decide how much to gamble. If you win the auction, you will get to choose on of the cards. But, the twist is, bid too much and the 2nd person gets their choice for a fraction of the cost - or drops out completely.
The AI seems to focus on defence - which is ok - but as you get closer to the victory point - doesn't try to use the poweful stacks it has built.
Would be good with a multi-playerr or hot-seat option.
Price is excellent - but this could be a try before you buy and an occasional game.
Overall - i like it and when i get 4 hrs clocked - will feel i've got value for money

Update : The AI level is controlled by picking different characters to play against. There is a list, and it shows 3\4 by default who seem to be unrated. Scrolling down shows the higher rated characters. Only realised this on second game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
Got this as part of a bundle. Tried playing it for a bit. Feels like a watered down version of Risk. No multiplayer. Kinda pointless without multiplayer.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2015
Board game adaptation with no multiplayer.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
I played this a few times, and I can tell you right now, that's all it takes to get bored of this game. There are higher difficulties, but there is still only 3 types of units available to you. After you've played this games limited number of maps, and suffered through about an hour of repetitive gameplay, you WILL start to wonder why you bought this game. Good if you're looking for a simple turn based Risk-like, but not if you were hoping for something more.

On the bright side, it's only $5 dollars, but then again, I got it as part of a humble bundle for much less than that. Only get it if it is part of a bundle.

Moral of the story: Only get on sale/in a bundle.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
With Magnifico being a part of table-top Humble Bundle, there was no reason not to give it a shot - especially because I haven't played the physical version before. Well, the game itself is neat. The artworks are well-made and the animations aren't too flashy. The AI doesn't perform ridiculous actions, too.
But there's one thing that seriously bothers me. How can a board game adaptation not have any sort of multiplayer? It's really disappointing that I am stuck with only AI as my opponents.
To put it short, it's a pretty good game which missed its purpose. Unfortunately.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny