Jun 24, 2012Back in high school I plaid quite a lot of Magic, but stopped later due to lack of playing partners. When I saw that a Magic: The Gathering game is coming for iPad I knew I had to get it. Sadly the part I used to enjoy most, deck building, is the part the game doesn't allow you to do. You can make some modifications to pre-made decks, but that's it. For me that takes a huge part of the fun and the motivation away, since I always enjoyed making new decks with interesting strategies much more than actually playing the game. I am surprised that this doesn't seem to be an issue for any commercial reviewers.
The interface of the game looks quite beautiful, but has some flaws. As pretty as some of the animations look it get's annoying to have to watch the 1-2 second tapping animation so often. That doesn't sound like much but sums up. Want to attack with you pack of 10 wolfs? Well you will have to wait for every tapping animation to finish before you can tap the next creature. This alone wouldn't be that bad, but it contributes to to make the game feel very slow. This behavior also makes the interface feel wonky at times, because slow starting animations like tapping, don't give immediate feedback and needs some getting used to.
Most other board and card games are much faster in the computer versions. Not so with this game. You have to wait for a timer for every phase of the game to finish, even if there is no action that possibly could be taken. This makes especially the first few round feel unnecessary slow.
Overall it's an OK game, but could have been so much more. Just a little interface polish and the option to build you own deck (which Magic is all about) and this could be one of my favorit games.… Expand
Jan 21, 2014The AI cheats like mad to compensate for the fact that it does the same thing... pretty much every game. This isn't really noticeable at first, but gets frustrating when you start to realize that the AI always seems to have a card that's only just better than yours.
IMO, the mulligan system is fundamentally flawed. If not enough land cards are in your starting hand, chances are, the AI will beat you because of the ridiculous speed at which it's able to develop.
The lack of deck building options is somewhat mitigated by the various appropriately-themed preset decks that one can choose from, some of which cost extra $$$. On a positive note, the UI scheme is user-friendly, and the game variants (planechase, two-headed giant) add an interesting twist to an average duel.
Overall, I would say that the iOS version is great if you've got some spare time and nothing better to do, or if you're on travel, considering that an iPad is quite portable.… Expand