GAME SPOTLIGHT: Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age


Spanish studio BeautiFun Games is invoking all kinds of elements to draw gamers to their next project. Those who lived through the ’80s and ’90s – and were fans of Saturday morning cartoons – have a lot to look forward to in Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age.

A meteor strike altered life on Earth, enabling magic to develop alongside technology. Thus, the Neon Age started, and survivors began to wield magic themselves. Megamagic stars two siblings, Phoban and Deimon, who inherited a powerful book and magic staff.

Phoban, who is controlled by the player, is accompanied by Fum, an important little smoky creature. Phoban has to protect Fum from other power-hungry spell-casters, because Fum happens to be a key ingredient to some major magic. The story revolves around them and a few other factions, each with their own agenda.

BeautiFun Games takes inspiration from several series of games, such as ‘Diablo’, ‘Pokemon’, and ‘Command & Conquer’ to mix RTS and RPG genres. Players explore a large world inhabited by a variety of creatures; factions are scattered everywhere, as well. Phoban saves information about every creature encountered in a useful grimoire.

Those monsters can be captured and summoned in battles, then commanded using RTS-style controls. In addition, Phoban can develop in a multitude of ways, altogether presenting lots of playing styles. All this is packaged in a nostalgic style, complete with a cartoon intro.

The studio is running a Kickstarter campaign for the game until October 14 with a $20,000 goal. The Early Bird tiers are almost gone, so $15 is the standard pledge for a copy of Megamagic. It will be compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and the estimated release date is March 2016.

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