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For the last two years, the Magicka series of indie fantasy games have lit up the Steam charts. Their mix of traditional Diablo-style gameplay and tongue-in-cheek humor has made them a favorite, and enabled such nonsensical expansions as Magicka: Vietnam (where the four elemental mages put the hurt on pinko commies). Now publisher Paradox is bringing the series to mobile, with the typically self-referential subtitle Wizards of the Square Tablet. 

The monster-fighting action takes on a slightly simplified air in this 2D, sprite-based version of the game. Your four mages fight on an XY plane with gesture and tap-based controls (a la Battleheart and its multitude of clones), using the globes at the bottom of the screen to combine elements for new spells. With quick combinations, thousands of results are possible, and you'll have to experiment on the various baddies to see which flashy techniques work best. Naturally you can upgrade your weapons and armor, including what I'm choosing to call the +3 Hammer of Nailing Mightily. There's at least one outfit that's inspired by the RIG armor from Dead Space.

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Magicka claims the ability to play with both Android and iOS users in 4-player co-op (plus you can "accidentally" fry, electrocute, crush, freeze, drown, and otherwise assist your teammates), and the game is a reasonable $2.45. The only downside: Wizards of the Square Tablet is designed for tablets only, and at the time of writing, it's not available for smartphones on the Play Store. Curses.

P.S. Hey Paradox, how's about calling up your buddies at TaleWorlds for a mobile Mount & Blade game?

Update: It looks like Magicka is currently incompatible with the Nexus 7. It's showing as compatible with the Transformer Prime (TF201) and Nexus 10, among others.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Kevin Aaronson

    Android mount and blade, now that's something I would fund on kickstarter!

  • Sean Stone

    Doesn't appear to be compatible with the N7 either....

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    " Hey Paradox, how's about calling up your buddies at TaleWorlds for a mobile Mount & Blade game? "
    Yes pleeeeeeeease..........................

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005113204741 Andrew Smith

    Incompatible with Droid X AND Nexus 7. Too bad, I would've bought this in a heartbeat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005113204741 Andrew Smith

      Just read closer and realized it's tablet-only, duh. But still, no Nexus 7? really?

  • cmdr430

    They look like Jawa's from Star Wars

  • http://twitter.com/calmurloc Scott Inan

    Not compatible with Nexus 7 or S3... Site says Tegra2 compatible so if I want this I have to dust off my atrix? Really?

    • enomele

      No, but I'm sure a Motorola Xoom would get you access if the Tegra 2 is to be believed.

  • PCSievers

    Not compatible with the Note 2. Lol, one of the most advanced phones out there right now.

    • Justin Winker

      It's available for tablets only.. Which might explain why it's not available for the Note 2.. Oddly enough, though, it's not available for the Nexus 7.

      • PCSievers

        That explains it I guess, frankly I didnt spend much time looking into it. Thanks.

        • Justin Winker

          Well, if the tablet app was as well executed as their Steam app, that's probably for the better. Their initial release on Steam was ridden with bugs. From what I've heard (though I haven't played it in a while), these seem to be fixed. I'll wait until it comes to phones and probably has a lower price as well..

    • primalxconvoy

      Google and sideloading are your friends.

  • justln

    Magicka works with a Note 2, playing right now. It's stupid to limit this only to tablets.

  • luter

    the game works in my htc explorer thats just dumb i dont understand why they didnt add compability for other mobiles on play store well its not me to blame that they dont want my money

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Magicka hardly was a series before this. It has always just been one game. One game with tons and tons of DLC. I hope this is as fun as the PC version.

  • impulse101

    Best game I played in my life, besides The Walking Dead

  • primalxconvoy

    It appears to work (sideloaded?) On a galaxy note 2. The wizards speak in something akin to Russian but with the subtitles in different languages?

    • Aaron Caskey

      Actually they speak a mix of Swedish, English, and straight up gibberish.

      • primalxconvoy

        Thanks. However, it was one of the reasons that put me off the game. Straight gibberish or English next time, please!

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Works on gs3 as well

  • primalxconvoy

    It looks like a spin off to castle crashers. Nice.

  • blindexecutioner

    No phones and no Nexus 7 compatibility. Way to severely limit sales on the Android Platform...