Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. With tricks that'll have even the greatest magicians scratching their heads and demanding the DS for their own, Master of Illusion is a great way to add a little magic to your life.
  2. 70
    There's certainly nothing wrong with trying to be an amateur magician, and this Nintendo DS product is a neat way to learn how some familiar illusions are performed…and to see some cool variations of these tricks performed on a dual-screen, touch screen handheld.
  3. 70
    It will both entertain and educate you about the basics of magic. It would have been nicer if the selection of tricks was more balanced, but overall it's another cool use of the DS.
  4. If you've got the time and patience to prep, and an audience willing to go along for the ride, Master of Illusion could turn you and your DS into the hit of the holiday party.
  5. 70
    Master of Illusion is a solid magic kit on a cartridge, it's difficult to describe the title as a game but anyone looking to learn a little bit about magic can't go wrong.
  6. Master of Illusion won’t replace SingStar or Buzz! as the number one family game, and its scope is limited. Still, it’s a curious piece of entertainment that teaches us some interesting card tricks.
  7. Master of Illusion is a neat way for kids to learn how to perform simple magic tricks.
  8. While sticklers might argue that Magic Made Fun isn't really a game, there's plenty of enjoyment to be had in mastering its array of unique and sometimes ingenious tricks.
  9. Magic Made Fun is a nicely worked out magic game which uses NDS as its medium for tricks. The game itself doesn't go very deep, but the 30 playable tricks will amaze many friends. Although the box is totally dutch, the game itself is English which might get a negative response from players. If you like magic, this game is definitely something for you.
  10. Games Master UK
    It does something genuinely different and demonstrates how good non-games can be. [June 2008, p.70]
  11. A fun and interesting use of the DS, and with enough practice and patience, can “astound and delight friends and family”, at least until the next Harry Potter movie comes out.
  12. 60
    If you're the type of hardcore gamer who purchases things with the intent to become challenged or reach a high score, it's probably best to avoid this title. Acting as a ice breaker is where the game is best, and beyond that mesmerizing developing minds with the interesting gimmicks and showpieces.
  13. Nintendo Gamer
    If you're not already a magic buff, and you're under 13, this will easily entertain you. [Feb 2008, p.64]
  14. Unless you have friends that will allow you to perform, or you are brave enough to try on random strangers, the game doesn't offer much to keep a solo gamer interested terribly long.
  15. With more tricks, more variety in the Solo section, and most of all without restricting your access to the bloody tricks you paid for, this could have been surprisingly successful. As it is, it's surprisingly not awful, but very limited.

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  1. Tony
    Feb 26, 2008
    Master of Illusion isn't a video game in the traditional sense and shouldn't be rated as such. That being said, it's fun toMaster of Illusion isn't a video game in the traditional sense and shouldn't be rated as such. That being said, it's fun to bewilder your friends with magic tricks and the tricks are easy to learn too. But the software can't be fully enjoyed without an audience to perform in front of.
    here is the bottom line. Master of Illusion is a magic kit for the DS, not a game. It's a great way to entertain your friends but never reveal the secrets behind the illusions.
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