Magic Castle

released on Dec 23, 2020

Magic Castle was a PlayStation game developed with Net Yaroze. Production started in 1997 and the project was cancelled in 1998, Development was resumed in 2020 and while still not complete, the game is fully playable. At this point, the only missing features are the four player support and Japanese translation.

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A playable but fairly flat multiplayer game prototype with randomized levels and equipment. Historically this is interesting as it was both indie and embodies various randomization elements that have become so popular in recent years in the roguelike/lite genre.
I think the level design and combat fundamentals are weak. Spatial layouts and enemy movements and damage are unbalanced or don't mesh well with the movesets. You often spawn into a room of enemies either with little way of approach, or that deal a lot of damage. The knight's sword range is strangely small, the archer's extremely far/powerful, the mage's flame attack has a short range. Everything drops money but shops are rare. Etc...
That being said it does have this janky charm to it. The way you can throw items at NPCs or to your teammates, the little red enemy that comes to kill you if you loiter, etc.
And the multiplayer is still pretty fun simply because there's someone else going through it with you. At its best it feels like some instanced, early 2000s MMO with grindy combat. As a single player experience there's not much there, not much drama or excitement to the flow of the levels except for enemies growing in power.

Es un proyecto cuya historia es interesante, un juego de PS1 que fue cancelado en 1998 y apenas terminado recientemente en en 2020.
El juego en si es okey, es muy repetitivo con sus niveles y el hitbox de los enemigos llega a ser confuso. lo mejor es la musica, nada mal.
Es una obra muy para pasar el rato.