The perennial trading card game from Wizards of the Coast made its Android debut last year, and it seems that the developers intend to give it regular updates, just like the PC version. Magic 2015 includes an expanded collection of cards that match the physical card game, though you'll have to shell out quite a lot of cash for the full set - not unlike the real-world counterpart. Magic 2015 is a free download, but you'll need at least 1.2GB of free space to hold it.

If you're familiar with the card game, you know what to expect: two players battle by laying down lands, collecting manna, summoning creatures, and casting spells. You attack the other player's life points with your critters and use them to defend your own, with spell cards throwing the occasional unpredictable curveball into battle. The 2015 game has updated graphics and menus that are a universal white theme, thankfully relieving some of the chromatic craziness of the last edition. The Android version has full online multiplayer built-in from the start, this time using Google Play Games - online multiplayer was the only real omission last year. While Magic 2015 is still a heavy game, it seems to be running quite well on my G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.

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If you want the "full" game, you'll have to shell out. The complete unlock for all the base cards and extra collections, plus a full campaign, is a whopping $34.99. You can get the rest of the game in bits and pieces, but that's the best value (believe it or not). While it's possible to unlock most of this content through the campaign mode, it will take you a lot of time, and you'll have to make excellent use of the full deck builder to augment the rather weak starter decks. Free or paid players will both need to try their luck at the $2 booster packs to get the full set. That's a lot of time and/or money to spend on a game, but in the developer's defense, it's exactly the same price as the iPad and Steam versions.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • James Orduno

    If only Hearthstone would come out on Android already

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    • Christopher Bement

      I'd actually have time to play Hearthstone if it did. If I'm gaming on the PC there's probably something much more engaging. HS is perfect for train rides, or when there's time to fuck off at work.

  • namesib

    "Your device isn't compatible with this version". *Sigh* Guess I'll have to sideload it.

    • http://www.jomarx.com Jose Marie Maquinay

      Same problem. Not compatible for my S4/Note2 LTE, BUT compatible for my Tab3 Lite. And the app says its DESIGNED FOR PHONES....

      • shabbypenguin

        working fine on my nexus 5

        • Ilyas Robert C

          im on sprint note 2. i pulled the apk from titanium backup (i have the game installed on transformer prime) then used the apk to install on my note 2. would not load game past "play games" splash. found the data files on prime (1.2gb) then copied that the appropriate folder on phone and it works flawlessly now. hope that helps.

      • EowynCarter

        Compatibility is weird, No Nexus 4 (WTF), but my older sola is said to be ok.

  • Leonardo Farage Freitas

    Does multiplayer only work between Android users? Or can I play against Ipad and PC users?

    • William Ferguson

      Looks like multiplayer is a walled garden. iOS with iOS and Android with Android. I suspect the Steam released has it's own walled garden. Really annoyed.

      • Leonardo Farage Freitas

        I don't understand why it's still like this. I mean, It's probably because Android, iOS and Steam have their own gaming plataform. But why can't they work together on the gaming level =/

        • William Ferguson

          Yeah, it's not that hard to develop server infrastructure to allow multi-platform clients. In fact it means that you only have to do the job once instead of all 3 platforms. NB received confirmation from Wizards that each platform is definitely a silo.

  • A guest

    Just want to point out that the "premium boosters" are limited to 14, and the contents are known and the same across platforms. If you want to unlock everything you'll need to spend the $26 for the premium boosters; everything else can be unlocked (eventually) by playing through the rest of the game (I guess the Android and iOS apps need to pay $9.99 too for access to the whole game, just like the Steam version).

  • Henrik

    So people that have spend a lot of money on the 2014 version have to spend a lot of money again on this 2015 version. Or have they found a way to transfer booster packs/cards from 2014 to 2015?

  • Nick

    Not compatible with the Galaxy S3? Really? Now I have to hunt down the apk from sketchy websites :-/

  • Francois Roy

    The game is soooo fuckin bad! I cant beleive it! =(
    The hour-long tutorial is like taking a big dump in the face of everyone who has ever played Magic (Most likely 99.9% of those who will download this game)
    Ultra-slow paced. Never played Hearthstone, but I keep earing good things about it, and I cant do anything but think it just cant be any worse than this.

    • ChristopherBreeden

      There is a skip tutorial button on the bottom left of the tutorial menu.

  • Joseph Lampke

    Don't know if this is allowed or not, but whatever. APK downloader site for it.

  • putrefaction

    Cant play multiplayer on the ipad?

  • otome

    i have magic 2015 on steam on my pc. i also just got it on my android phone. can i link both devices?

  • Chris Noren

    how do I play multiplayer? is it only nearby devices or is there a forum somewhere were I can give out a code to my device and can add people to play? I love this game but want more of a challenge :D

    edit: On a kindle