Magic Carpet Plus is the final evolution of the original Bullfrog game and includes the original Magic Carpet and the Magic Carpet Hidden Worlds Expansion Disk. All together, there are more than 75 levels, including twenty custom built multi-player levels, network support and real-time game play. The Hidden Worlds expansion package included a replacement spell for the original Wall of Fire called the Homing Meteor spell -- other than that, the game play is essentially identical between the two games, although a welcome save-anytime feature was introduced as well. Actual game play does not merge the two components but allows you an option screen to select which game you want to play at the beginning start up screen.
The game features 3D real-time animation, comes with a set of 3D glasses (for wearing, not drinking), and features a unique but fairly simple interface that uses both mouse and keyboard for maneuvering and entering commands. With the combined package, you take the part of the apprentice magician whose only weapons consist of a Magic Carpet and two dozen spells to learn and use to help drive chaos out of this land of wizards and magic gone bad. Through acquisition of power-wielding mana, you eventually control all the spells needed to make the world a better place. In the Hidden Worlds expansion, you pick up right where you left off except this time you'll have to travel to secret territories where chaos and evil warlocks still reside. Because of your well earned reputation (established in the original), they are waiting for you with new and diabolical traps and surprises.
Magic Carpet is about exactly what it sounds like: a magic carpet. And you're sitting on it. You fly around an Arabian landscape with water, hills, and trees. The story of the game is simple: there was a great war between wizards. The wizards used more and more destructive spells and ended up summoning monsters which often turned against them. There was one wizard who wanted to end everything with an all-powerful spell. Instead, the worlds shattered.
The wizard died, but his apprentice is still alive, and guess what... that's you!
The gameplay is unique. You're flying around collecting mana and building a castle, which serves as your base and a place to store your mana. You can upgrade the castle by collecting more mana. To collect mana, you need to kill monsters which, upon death, drop golden balls. Mana is used to cast spells; the more of it you have, the more spells you can cast.
However, monsters aren't the only things which will cross your path. There are also wizards who will battle you for the mana.
This is a great game that combines combat and thinking. However, it is very difficult. At first you might be confused, as there is no real tutorial in the game. However, when you get the hang of it, you should enjoy it. One tip is to stick around a single map until you find all the spells on the map, instead of rushing through them without even looking for spells. It's worth it, as they can be very useful. The spells are found in specific locations on some maps and are represented by red flasks.
The music and sound in this game are very good, but there is something else that's good. No, not good - it's great. The graphics are stunning. I mean, the game is really old, but the graphics are just awesome.
If you're up for a challenge, try Magic Carpet. You will spend many, many hours in this game, as it's very addictive.
Giddy up your carpet!
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