Magic Duel

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Updated: 17 Nov 2017 02:01

Magic Duel (Demoted)
  • Site: Magic Duel
  • Genre: Horror/Puzzle with PvP, FvF
  • 3D Game: No
  • Free To Play: Yes
  • Premium Pay Option: Yes

It's been a while (years) since I've played this game and upon logging in again after years I've found that I only had enough action points to move 3 times so with that in mind, I guess it's time to demote this game on the grounds that it's no longer playable as a free game. Yes I can login and play for free, but the restrictions seem far too great. So rather than continue on with an updated and in depth re-review of this PBBG, I will instead draw your attention to a very early review below, slightly edited.

Overview

Magic Duel (MD) features many of the traditional elements common in RPG's including character development, exploration, combat, PvP, quests, etc. Though these features are well known to us, how they are applied is often very different. For example, gaining power is the aim in MD and this is accomplished through PvP. However, whether than aiming to win 100% of the time, to grow powerful in MD one must balance their wins with their losses. This may prove more challenging than simply trying to win every fight. MD also offers a unique combat system: Players recruit creatures and employ them during combat. But calling these creatures pets would be a misnomer, they are more like captured souls chained to your own and their skills can be developed. During combat, players can control how much of their own skills to contribute thus meshing creature and players skills together to stack their total value. MD is a mysterious game that might appeal to thinkers more than other player types.

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History

Led by Manu, MD began development in 2005. Beta was initially planned for Q4 2006 but delays attributed primarily to content changes and the recirculation of team members pushed this date further back. Despite the delays, the game has progressed from 22,516 lines of code in late 2005 to 293,958 lines of code by Oct 2007.

System architecture

The main navigation and combat pages are set in a flash environment.

Demographics

MD has a current reach of less than 2000[1] unique U.S. visitors per month. This is down from a rough estimated count of 6,277 U.S. monthly uniques during Alpha III with 60% of those being returning visitors. Like most PBBG's, MD appeals to a mostly male audience. However it should be noted that MD has been around for quite some time and one might reason that it has aged gracefully.

Staff / Management

Many of the staff members are active and can be found in-game. Though the Terms Of Service are not clear. It appears that some staff members are attempting to enforce undocumented rules, though players seem to receive liberal treatment regarding these rules. Several attempts have been made to get an official statement regarding privacy and terms of service including posting on the main forum and contacting live in-game help, in both cases no staff member replied to my request for a link that points to an official privacy statement and TOS.

References:

1. Quantcast