Save 35% on a Rock Paper Shotgun yearly subscription this Black Friday!

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

It's A Kind Of Magic(ka): Trine Devs' Nine Parchments

As someone who causes a lot of problems then somehow expects thanks for clearing them up, I sympathise with wizards. You'd dick about with fireballs and skellingtons if you could, wouldn't you? You'd have to decency to iceblast your now-flaming curtains, wouldn't you? Arrowhead's Magicka is my go-to game for dickhead wizard antics but I am interested in what Trine gang Frozenbyte are up to now. This week they announced Nine Parchments [official site], a zap-bang wizard 'em up about inept spellcasters causing trouble - with co-op support. What Frozenbyte have said and shown does remind me of Arrowhead's game. Have a look at this announcement trailer:

So! Those naughty wizards have dropped out of their studies to take the quick route to mastering magic. I think that involves blowing themselves up a lot - then expecting thanks when they put out the curtains. With a magic system sounding similar to Magicka, Nine Parchments has five magical elements (life, death, fire, ice, and electric) plus five projectile types (beam, spray, damage over time, area of effect, and physical) to combine. It has a touch of roguelikelike too, with procedurally-generated monsters and unlockable characters and items.

"Magicka is a fair comparison, but we're not aiming to make a clone," Frozenbyte have said in a YouTube comment. "This is our take on wizard 'em up magical co-op mayhem. One could say we're going rogue with this."

Nine Parchments is coming to Steam some time in 2017. It will support local and online multiplayer for up to four wizards, though playing on your lonesome will also be an option. I do like that it's as colourful as the Trine games are. I didn't really get on with Frozenbyte's last game, stealth 'em up Shadwen, and Trine 3 was disappointing but I do still have a soft spot for 'em. I'm curious to see how this shapes up.

As for Magicka creators Arrowhead, their most recent game is Helldivers, an alien-busting shooter with wacky co-op antics. Adam and Alec really enjoyed it.

About the Author

Alice O'Connor avatar

Alice O'Connor

News Editor

When not writing news, Alice may be found in the sea.

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Subscribe and get access to supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

More News

Latest Articles

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch