The indie game Magicka has been nothing short of a success since its release on Steam earlier this year. The game lets players play through beautiful environments, meeting fun characters along the way whose personalities and situations are littered with humorous pop culture references.
Developed by eight university students who formed Arrowhead Game Studios, Magicka sold hundreds of thousands of copies in its opening weeks and is now about to get its first DLC. Premiering at GDC, the announcement trailer for Magicka: Vietnam looked too funny to be true. But it’s real and its coming in two weeks.
Unlike most fantasy games containing magic, there is no mana system or energy to spend on casting spells is Magicka. Instead, there are eight distinct elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Lighting, Cold, Shield, Arcane and Life) which players can use in combination to cast a variety of spells, from area of effect blasts and projectiles to shield barriers. Now, the wizards will have to battle their way through war-torn Vietnam.
I love the promo art (above) which you can see in the trailer below, except that the planes depicted didn’t exist during Vietnam. But who cares, it’s Magicka!
Here’s the official description, followed by the official Magicka: Vietnam trailer.
Magicka: Vietnam features a lengthy challenge scenario that puts you in the combat boots and stylish robe of a Wizard GI. Venture deep into the Goblin-Cong jungle with up to three fellow soldiers in a heroic attempt to liberate prisoners from a POW camp and face off against deadly Vietnam themed enemies. Destroy enemy positions, escape the perils of the jungle and return safely to the evacuation helicopter (“Get to the chopper!!”).
Grab your magic staff… and your M16:
The lovable, addicting and fun co-operative multiplayer experience of Magicka make it a game you should seek out to play with your PC gamer firends. Try out the Steam demo and give it a shot. You’ll thank us later.
Magicka: Vietnam will be available for download April 12, 2011 for $4.99.