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  • Summary: D'arc is a sixteen-year-old Mage to be. A sinister plot threatens his initiation and risks plunging the land of Iginor into conflict and chaos. Choose from four classes and train in the Elemental arts. Master a unique range of spells to solve puzzles, battle monsters, and confront the ultimate evil.

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  1. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Mage’s Initiation is like a modern-day Sierra On-Line gem, an extraordinarily polished adventure game. If the battle sections were improved and the RPG elements better integrated, this would be a near-perfect experience, but it’s still a game that should cast a spell on any genre fan.
  2. Jan 31, 2019
    75
    An honest, heart-on-its-sleeve tribute to the Quest for Glory games of yore. It does not reinvent the wheel, nor does it aspire to. A pleasantly nostalgic return to gaming's most romantic era.
  3. Jan 31, 2019
    72
    Despite its flaws, Mage’s Initiation is a nice homage to the classic point and click adventure genre. This game isn’t Quest for Glory, but it felt similar enough at times that my nostalgia kept me wanting to play more. I wouldn’t pay the price of a triple A title for this game, but its $14.99 price point is reasonable enough to recommend it. If you’re short on cash though, maybe wait a bit and grab it on sale.
  4. Feb 12, 2019
    70
    Mage’s Initiation might suffer from aiming itself at nostalgic fans of a bygone era of gaming, but when someone new stumbles on it, they’ll have themselves a good time…as long as they avoid forests.
  5. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    While the combative elements leave much to be desired, Mage's Initiation to pay tribute to the old Sierra titles of yore without failing to craft an identity of its own alongside the homage. D'arc's initiation is almost too simple for its own good, serving as a prologue of sorts to a grander adventure, yet so much focus placed solely on a single story beat is exactly what allows the narrative to lend impact to any given moment. The plot itself may never get too exciting, but active world building, endearing visuals, and focused puzzles ensure that in Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements there is seldom a dull moment in D'arc's journey.
  6. Jan 30, 2019
    60
    It's an entertaining adventure game, but its ambitions to incorporate a meaningful diversity of role-playing options fall disappointingly flat and feel inconsequential. Mage's Initiation is a fair appropriation of a hybrid formula that I was happy to consume, but its shortcomings made me more eager to revisit the series that inspired it for another run-through.
  7. Jan 31, 2019
    60
    It's not the reigning champion of this hybrid genre, but Mage's Initiation is a promising challenger. If sequels expand on the basics shown here, this could well be a series worth watching.
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