Magic Carpet 2
It's Sequel City this month! After recently spending some time with the chaps at Bullfrog, we can reveal that there is a sequel to the awesome Magic Carpet, and it will be released before the end of the year. Wow! What a surprise, eh? Quite what the sequel will involve is unclear as we go to press, but it would seem sensible to assume that it will include the latest enhancement of the 3D engine which can be found in the forthcoming Creation.
In the meantime, though, the team has put together a data disk for the game, going by the name of Hidden Worlds. Featuring new graphics, tougher baddies and some awesome "snowy waste" style backdrops, the new tasks look absolutely fabulous. All of the castles have been redesigned, the monsties are now even nastier looking and everything is covered in ice (some nice use of the transparent graphical effect can be found throughout). On top of all this you also get a new spell to collect... the homing meteor.
Hidden Worlds is currently scheduled for a March release and will initially be a CD-only product .with the possibility of a floppy version later in the year. You'll need the original game if you want to be able to play Hidden Worlds.
Our final Magic Carpet news this month (there's lots going on at the mo) is that it will finally be released on floppy. About bloody time, eh? Apparently all the fancy animations have been stripped out so that the entire game can be crammed onto just four floppies.
Magic Carpet Eh? Ahh. Glorious silky-smooth rolling landscapes, the undulating and tranquil the mysterious magic and sea, the er, death, violence, destruction and unshackled aggression. Doom in pyjamas, and one of the most popular games of the last year. A sequel was inevitable really, but is " there really anything that Bullfrog could do to make it better?
Well, yes, frankly. I don't want to burst the bubble or anything here, but to be blunt Magic Carpel wasn't exactly perfect, was it? Come on. Be honest. I know we all look at it through rose-tinted spectacles, but the thing had its problems. For a start, it was always a little vague on the objectives front, and it was quite stupidly difficult. The average mortal could get to about level 25, but only ninja games players and journalists hung like donkeys stood a chance of getting anywhere near the elusive level 50. And as for that add-on disk. Hidden Worlds! Bloody hell.
Vive La Dlfference!
So, what's new then? Well, for a start there are some new "moody bits" that include night time levels, and some underground bits. These both give the game considerably more atmosphere. The graphics engine has been enhanced enormously to accommodate these features, and we now have some truly glorious lighting effects which I make the whole thing seem very spooky.
On top of this the spell system I has been enhanced I dramatically to incorporate L experience-related spell I enhancements (which means " that as you use a spell more, you get better with it and can ihus make use of more powerful versions of it), and eight totally new spells. If you thought that some of the stuff in the first game was whacky, just wait until you see some of the new 'uns. The most spectacular of the new spells is a little beauty known as the Gravity Well, which sucks everything around it into a big hole in the ground before spitting it out in the form of a big mana ball. Wow.
Elsewhere we have the whirlwind, which is an. er... whirlwind (what else?) and a crafty little number called Fools Mana which allows you to scatter golden mana balls around the landscape which then explode in other players' faces when they try to possess them. The new spells coupled with the experience related "spell power-up" system means that there are more than 70 new effects in Carpet 2.
Coming In part 2...
Next month you can tune into the second part of our preview where we'll be telling you about the new level structure and the background story to the product. We'll also be able to bring you an exclusive playable demo of the game, so you can see for yourself just how impressive it's looking.
Download Magic Carpet 2
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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