Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Jan 28, 2011
    Magicka is good-looking, enjoyable and stirring. Is a game that blows videogame controls as we know them to create a funny and glowing world full of gameplay peaks, especially in its multiplayer side.
  2. Feb 25, 2011
    The single-player campaign is poorly balanced and very short, but, since Castle Crashers never materialized on PC, Magicka is the next best alternative. It is fun enough to last a couple of evenings, but doesn't have a lasting appeal.
  3. Feb 27, 2011
    Despite some imbalances in the game's spells, and certain aspects of the game's difficulty being exploitable, there's still a lot to like about Magicka.
  4. 30
    I started Magicka over from the beginning six times in my attempt to give it the best possible chance I could. In the end though, I can't possibly suggest anyone spend any money on a game released in such a broken state, whether it's ten dollars or ten cents.
  5. 75
    Ultimately though, I can only recommend you Magicka. At 10 euro it's a good offer and the closest thing to PC Mortal Kombat; sporting spells, monsters and Scandinavian heroes, but with that drive to learn combos and experiment.
  6. May 6, 2011
    The rich, luscious colors somehow make the world a lot more believable than games like Crysis 2 could ever be.
  7. Mar 1, 2011
    People have complained that Magicka is too complex or confusing, but they're missing the point. It's a game about wielding immense power, but having to be clever to use it properly.
  8. Feb 26, 2011
    Magicka delivers splashy nonsense of a gleeful kind, and somehow its delight in chaos and willful stupidity buoys it some way above its faults. [Mar 2011, p.95]
  9. Feb 24, 2011
    It's long, it's tough, it's huge fun, and it's cheap. But it will never be perfect.
  10. Feb 9, 2011
    Magicka is a perfect palliative for those waiting for Diablo III; thanks to a shining gameplay and a genuine freedom, the last title from Arrowhead is as funny as only indie titles are. Magic.
  11. Feb 22, 2011
    Magicka is both unique and very funny, but it's sadly not really finished yet. Still, it's an enjoyable experience, especially in co-op, and the steady stream of patches is making it better with each fix.
  12. Feb 11, 2011
    Anyone who has any interest in cooperative games or action-adventure would do well to pick it up, especially for the almost ridiculous price of $10.
  13. Feb 1, 2011
    All of that level design stupidity can't stop Magicka's brilliant core gameplay from shining through, though.
  14. Feb 1, 2011
    Overall, I was not a fan of Magicka, even at its modest price. The game looks and sounds good enough, and it even has some funny scenes (including a vampire who keeps insisting he's not a vampire, and lots of fake-ish Swedish dialogue), but the actual gameplay was just too punishing for me.
  15. Jan 31, 2011
    Magicka is a kind of innovative beat'em all where you combine different types of magic to annihilate your enemies. In order to master your powers, you will need to be both able to multitask and finger-agile, since the keyboard/mouse controls are quite complex! And the resulting challenge is high. With a little work and force of habits, one will discover an extra-fun gameplay and a hilarious adventure, solo or in coop for 2 to 4 players. All this for less than 10 dollars ? Go get it!
  16. Feb 15, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  17. Mar 4, 2011
    In spite of its drawbacks, Magicka is a nice and entertaining game that pays a tribute to classic action-RPGs of old. There are some clever ideas here and there that will keep you going, but definitely nothing that will be remembered after the end credits.
  18. Feb 9, 2011
    Thanks to a plethora of patches, Magicka is now stable so you can have fun without the frustration. Just one chapter with some of your friends is well worth the $10 cost.
  19. Feb 17, 2011
    Aside from a few bugs, this game is worth getting. The game is daring and will make you laugh more often than the average sitcom. Magicka shines the brightest when playing it online with a few decent players though, throwing out some amazing combo's together during one of the game's many cartoon-like battles.
  20. 70
    According to Magicka, being a wizard is chaotic fun, as long as you're playing with others, and the game isn't crashing. The game infuses the tempo from fighting-games, with an extremely variable magic-system, where results depend on which of the nine elements you combine.
  21. Feb 9, 2011
    Magicka might not be a perfect game concerning technical standards but is a total must have for every geek out there. The game is best played together with up to three friends, which is suported in all of the three gamemodes adventure, survival and versus.
  22. Feb 2, 2011
    To be fair, Paradox and Arrowhead are doing a lot of work to fix the game's issues and it is, as of this writing, in a far better state than when it shipped, but the fact remains that my group has suffered crashes at the end of three separate chapters, which forces a complete chapter redo, and as cute as Magicka is, that's not funny.
  23. Feb 1, 2011
    Despite a lot of bugs and some off-putting quirks, Magicka is still a good action role-playing game.
  24. Apr 4, 2011
    If you like to try out different things and new concepts, it's more than worth a look. The co-op play, the battles and experiments with new spells are fun, but there are many balance problems and bugs the developers need to fix.
  25. Feb 3, 2011
    Magicka's clever, inspired twists on the straight action-RPG are sure to result in hours of freeform chaotic fun.
  26. Feb 2, 2011
    Though it has some hurdles to overcome, some bugs to exterminate, and a fairly inconvenient control scheme, Magicka is a thoroughly charming and entertaining tongue in cheek adventure.
  27. Mar 10, 2011
    Some clever ideas wrapped in a lighthearted romp, Magicka partially collapses under its own weight of the innovative but overly-complex magic system.
  28. Apr 14, 2011
    Forget everything you knew about role playing, Magicka takes you beyond that.
  29. May 6, 2011
    Magicka is a game that works especially well in cooperation. Single player experience is a good one but this game shows its true potential only when you play with friends, allowing for some great fun. A patched-up Magicka is most certainly worth getting to know. Even more, because it is a solid candidate for 2011's best game in its category.
  30. Jan 28, 2011
    With a level-headed team of four, Magicka's cooperative action is entrancing chaos. It's rare for a game to feel this mechanically satisfying.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 510 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 172
  1. May 30, 2011
    Remarkable example of a remarkable game. Unique and successful game play and controls that blow you away. Humorous story line with numerous easter eggs. Fun and extremely challenging ( but still possible) single player action packed game play, even better when played with up to 4 friends. A virtual "Hack n Slash" but with spells and "Magicks", the combination of 8 different "elements" which all can create different unique spells by certain combinations add to the fun. Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2011
    Once you get into the feel, or spirit, of the game, things start to make a lot of sense, and the fun begins. There are plenty of places to die within a second or two if you're not on the ball, and it forces you to keep trying to innovate a solution. With all the spell combinations, there always is one.

    But as the single-player goes on, there are some pretty annoying things: 1) long stretches where you don't get a save-game and have to replay a 10-minute sequence if you die; 2) ways to die that are not quite bugs, but just pure silliness; 3) you have to complete a level, or start from scratch. During one of the later chapters, it's just too easy to get thrown off the ledges and die, and you have to keep going and going, or start from the beginning - it becomes quite tiresome.

    Still, overall, a good bit of fun, and the multiplayer is as good as the single.
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  3. Feb 13, 2011
    Magicka is an internet meme and pop culture simulator which conveniently features the most creative and captivating casting system ever known to man, much less gaming history. The otherwise simple game-play is enhanced tenfold by the aforementioned ingenuity, leading to some sort of paradoxical linear sandbox, littered with endless experimentation and Python-esque humour (plus plenty of references, too!)

    Magicka suffers but one fatal flaw, that being the game is utterly broken. A myriad of glitches, bugs, and technical issues plague this particular piece of software like a swarm of hungry locust descending upon some unsuspecting peasant village during harvest season. Never-the-less, with developers working rigorously to patch their faulty product, and a paltry $10 price tag, it's difficult not to recommend.
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