The best PC games ever Best PC games of 2018 Best graphics card 2019 Best free games 100 Apex Legends tips Fortnite Season 9 challenges

The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle review

Wheels within wheels

20

6 months ago

Feature: We can utilise a zeitgeist as well as anyone else

Some video games that are like Bandersnatch, but better

If you’ve choosed-and-adventured through Bandersnatch, the recent Black Mirror thing on Netflix, and aren’t already a fan of experimental interactive fiction: I envy you. It means you’re able to play actually good examples of interactive fiction for the first time. Sure, Bandersnatch has funny lines, surprises and scene stealing performances from Will Poulter doing a “pretty much exactly how I, the writer, talk in real…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

1 year ago

Magic Circle devs announce co-op horror Blackout Club

The immersive sim supergroup at Question, the studio behind The Magic Circle, have announced their next game. The Blackout Club is a cooperative multiplayer game starring teens who discover a secret nighttime society of sleepwalking adults meeting in tunnels beneath their small town, then set about spying on them, recording evidence, and trying to find their missing friend. It sounds like some sort of surveillance-focused…

Tagged with , , .

4 years ago

Feature: Wheels within wheels

The Magic Circle review

The Magic Circle [Steam page] is a game about an unfinished game. A first person puzzle/exploration/action game about a fictional game also called The Magic Circle, to be precise. After years of development hell, The Magic Circle's fans look upon it with a mixture of breathless anticipation and derision. Those few staff who still work on it either desperately want out or refuse to abandon…

Tagged with , , , , .

Feature: Hole Kaboodle

Premature Evaluation: The Magic Circle

Each week Marsh Davies plays unfinished and broken games on Early Access and usually tries to come up with an introductory sentence which says exactly this while using imagery appropriate to the idiom of the given week’s game. But the idiom of this week’s game is being an unfinished and broken game! So, job done. It’s The Magic Circle [Steam page], a game set within…

Tagged with , , , , , , , .

Development Hell: The Magic Circle On Steam Early Access

You can now buy and play Ion Storm and BioShock alumnus Jordan Thomas's emergent oddity The Magic Circle [The Magic Circle], but do be aware that it's not finished yet. No, I know that's the point of the game - that you roam around an unfinished vapourware game, rewriting it from the inside - but I mean it's really not finished. The Magic Circle arrived…

Tagged with , , .

5 years ago

Feature: Ghost in the shell

The Magic Circle Hands-On: Visiting Development Hell

The Magic Circle is the first game from Question, LLC, the new studio from Jordan Thomas, he of Thief 3's The Cradle, BioShock 2, BioShock: Infinite and many more. It's a systems-driven first-person exploration adventure about a years-in-development game of uncommon ambition, and it's about rewriting its rules from the inside while trying not to attract the attention of its developers. I've played a couple…

Tagged with , , , , .

Meta-Vapourware: The Magic Circle Announced

After his work on such delights as BioShock's Fort Frolic and Thief 3's Shalebridge Cradle, one might hope that Jordan Thomas's first game since going indie would be more than, well, vapourware. But that's just what The Magic Circle is: a half-finished remake of an ancient text adventure; a load of vapourware. It's glitchy, you can clearly see the seams where development changed direction, and…

Tagged with , , .