Magicka was a chaotic top-down RPG about calamitous co-operative wizards kersplatting their friends with elemental lasers. Magicka: Wizard Wars hands the development reigns to Paradox North, simplifies the original's cookbook of destructive spells, and switches from co-op singleplayer to multiplayer-only team deathmatch. In doing so, its Early Access alpha has hooked both Adam and Jim.
The game is entering open beta on May 27th, which means come the end of the month you'll be able to play for free without having to first buy one of its microtransactional starter packs. Or, if you're very nice, you can play now, because we've got 3000 beta keys to giveaway down below.
Here's what Jim said about it when he played it late last year:
You can stack up spell elements on yourself for immediate casting, but you slow yourself down. Not doing so means you need to be quick on the keys, of course, but you will want to be anyway: you need to heal yourself in a tight spot, or put yourself out if you’re on fire. Knowing when to throw down defences and retreat, and when you can leave your team on their own, are things which will only emerge as you play, but those continuous decisions, and that constant feeling of crisis juggling, makes this a gorgeous experience.
While Adam called it "David Cronenberg's Tom and Jerry." I haven't played Wizard Wars, but I did like the QWOP-like clumsiness of typing out tactical magic in the original.
Interested? Or just compulsively hoard free things? Enter your email address in the box below. The key is dispensed via godankey.com, which will not use your email address for anything naughty.
It's a Steam key, but if you're not familiar with the process of redeeming those:
1: Go to: http://store.steampowered.com/
2. Click Register to create an account, or login if you already have an existing account
3. Start Steam client (download the Steam client if you did not have an existing account)
4: Click "Games" in the main menu
5: Select "Activate a product on steam" and enter code. The game is now added.
And to round it off, here's a trailer of the game's Duel Mode: