Magic: The Gathering
is a computer game
published by MicroProse
in April 1997 based on the collectible card game The Gathering
The game takes place in the plane
, where the player must travel the land and fight random enemies to gain cards, and defeat five wizards representing the five colors. The player must prevent one color from gaining too much power, and defeat the planeswalker
Arzakon, who has a deck of all five colors. Adventure game
and role-playing game
elements are present, including inventory, gold, towns, dungeons, random battles, and character progression in the form of new abilities and a higher life point total. An oversized version of Aswan Jaguar was included in the game box.
Two related products were released, the expansion pack Spells of the Ancients
and Duels of the Planeswalkers
. Duels of the Planeswalkers
was an improved version of the main game that didn't require the original to be installed.
The game is playable in several modes: a single-player campaign, a duel or tournament against computer-controlled opponents, and later a multiplayer experience added by the Manalink add-on. All three share the same dueling interface, which is based on the mechanics of the real-life Magic: The Gathering
card game. In Duel and Multiplayer modes, the game allowed a player to construct his or her own deck (using a specialized Deck Editor), or to play with a randomly generated deck (simulating a "fresh pack of cards" as was the... Read More