If there is one genre that does not get enough love these days it is the point and click adventure. Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements is aiming to bring that back, but as well as keeping the old school vibe they are bringing a few modern gameplay mechanics to the genre.
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The Game Review
As you would expect from a point and click adventure game, Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements has a very in-depth story. The basics though are that you play as a young man called, D’arc. He dreams to become the ultimate mage and after years of training, he gets his chance to prove himself.
He is tasked with finding three items which will put his skills to the ultimate test. There is an evil running all through the game and D’arc will find himself in the middle of many different conflicts as he tries to complete his quest. The game is voice acted and it is done very well and there are a lot of dialogue options for you.
The game as you can see has lovely 16-bit style graphics. Using graphics like this was a great design choice and I am very impressed with the variety of the different areas in the game. From a lush forest to an outlaw ridden dessert. Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements keeps things interesting by changing each area up so that you say wow each time you go somewhere new.
One of the things that really impressed me with Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements was just how rich it is with RPG elements. You, of course, have quests and puzzles to do, but there is leveling up, items to find an equip and there are of course tons of people to talk to. The gameplay is way more in-depth than you would think and that can take a little while to get used to.
Speaking of in-depth, the combat is a lot of fun. As D’arc is a mage, he has all kinds of cool spells that he can use. I was surprised at how in depth they went with the combat and it gives you a lot more choice than you would expect from a game like this. When you do get into a battle it is always exciting and it was a part of the game I had a lot of fun with.
While I had a lot of fun with the combat, Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements does give you the option to try and ignore the combat if you wish and just stick to solving puzzles, talking to folk and going on a more “peaceful” adventure. This is an interesting idea and means that the way you experience the game will probably be different from the way I experienced it,
Another way that rings true is that on your adventure you will have many different choices to make. I do not want to give away spoilers here, but the choices you make can alter the way people talk to you, the quests you get and some other things too. I love this kind of thing in a game and it is handled very well here.
I think that Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements is a truly awesome game. If you loved games like Kings Quest, Monkey Island, Discworld, and Broken Sword you will really be in your element here. I really hope that this one catches on and is a big hit as the people behind it really do deserve it. I highly recommend that you check this game out as you will not be disappointed.
- Lovely 16-bit style graphics
- The soundtrack including the voice acting is great
- Classic point and click adventure gameplay
- RPG elements make for deeper gameplay
- The story is a lot of fun
- Takes a while to get into
- Might be a little slow for some