Magicka Sends Mages to Vietnam! Wait, What? James White March 2, 2011 “Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if wizards were allowed to roam the jungles of war-torn Vietnam, attempting to bring peace and stability to the region by casting spells on all opponents? Wait, you havent ever wondered that? Ever? Okay, so were probably the only ones who have but in our defense: here’s your chance to stop being so closed-minded.” And so quotes the press release for Magicka, a humorous, action/adventure game by Paradox Interactive where players take on the role of a wizard from a “decadent” ancient order. While Magicka does have the traditional melee attack, it takes a back seat to the core magic system. In this game, you have a spell queue that will hold 1 to 5 magic units. These can be any of the 8 magical types (Earth, Fire, Water, Cold, Life, Arcane, Shield, and Lighting) or two combined types (Steam and Ice). Once you have queued the magic units you want, you can cast the spell in 3 different ways: normally, on yourself, or as an area effect. This rather simple system can be used to create a rather large variety of core spells. On top of this, you can learn unique spells from books throughout the game called “Magickas” that range from spraying grease to summoning the all powerful “Crash to Desktop” to vanquish your foes (or friends) to oblivion. Currently the pricing and availability of Magicka: Vietnam is unknown. However, Paradox said that the expansion will be available on all major digital distribution channels soon. I don’t see Magicka: Vietnam will be as expensive as the original game which was priced at a mere $10. I love this game and look forward to the expansion which I expect to be between $5.00 and $7.50 depending on the length. Even if you have no interest in this game, put on your wizard hat and robe and enjoy the announcement trailer for Magicka: Vietnam! Source: Tom’s Hardware Share This With The World!