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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 8, 2019
    85
    Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements is a well put-together adventure title. The game (like its hero) has issues, but its charms more often than not make up for them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Feb 27, 2020
    8
    Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements is recommended for those hankering for a game similar to Quest for Glory: A Sierra-style point 'n'Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements is recommended for those hankering for a game similar to Quest for Glory: A Sierra-style point 'n' click adventure with RPG elements. Sure, the game suffers from many pitfalls that were commonplace in old Sierra adventure games, the player character's voice acting isn't always the best and I'm not a fan of the cutscenes either, but overall this is a game I found addictive and ultimately worthwhile: convincing characters, gorgeous artwork, a strong voice cast, logical puzzles and excellent replay value means this is a game I'll likely come back to again and again. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2021
    8
    This game is for any fan of old school Sierra adventure games especially from the Quest for Glory series. Frankly - there is just not enoughThis game is for any fan of old school Sierra adventure games especially from the Quest for Glory series. Frankly - there is just not enough of this style of game out there. While this game is not perfect in every way - it is a great homage to the quest for glory games and will satisfy any itch for that style of gameplay. Highly recommend. Expand