Aug 12 2009
As usual with Bullfrog games, it is the melding of different game styles that makes it so good. Take Descent‘s six degrees of freedom, take Doom’s strafing and monster bodycounts, Populous’ strategy and mingle it all with a little Ramparts and you’ve sort of got it.
Then add a superb graphic engine where the ground deforms when you hit it with fireballs, forests catch alight from stray fire-fights, winged dragons torch castles and through all of this you duck and weave, slowly climbing in power, torching your opponents one by one.
Unfortunately, unlike other companies, Bullfrog likes to chop and change genres, and so there were only the two Magic Carpets, but both were superb.
The release of Magic Carpet created a sensation within the computer games industry. The speed of the flight engine, the exquisite graphics, the no-holds-barred action and the simplicity of the mechanics all added up to create a program which outsold all other titles over the Christmas period in the UK (’94).
Reviews throughout the world were universally ecstatic; to date no publication anywhere in the world has given Magic Carpet a rating of less than 90%. Magic Carpet has been named as the Best Computer Games program of 1994 by specialist magazines in both Europe and the USA.