Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Master of Illusion is what it aspires to be: a game that teaches you the secrets of magic. Sure, it is not going to teach you how to be Criss Angel that guy is really weird, but it is does teach you the basics.
  3. Even though the game pulls back the curtain on some fundamental elements of performing magic, it’s still fun and even head-scratching at times.
  4. 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.
  5. Master of Illusion is a neat way for kids to learn how to perform simple magic tricks.
  6. 46
    One of the most pointless games made for the DS. The idea may sound good on paper, but performing magic tricks is really something which needs to stay in the real world. Stay away from this one, far away.
  7. Combining simple magic tricks with the DS is a great idea and young kids will get a real thrill out of performing in front of their friends.
  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. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Innovative use of the DS. [Issue#22, p.82]
  13. 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.
  14. It does something genuinely different and demonstrates how good non-games can be. [June 2008, p.70]
  15. 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.
  16. If you're not already a magic buff, and you're under 13, this will easily entertain you. [Feb 2008, p.64]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
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  1. Tony
    Feb 26, 2008
    8
    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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