Dafuq did I just play: Secret of the Magic Crystals Part 1

Secret of the Magic Crystals is a simulation game, that puts you in control of a horsefarm in a magical fantasy setting. It was developed and released by company named Artery Studios.

Enter the doomsday Farm

When i decided to play and review the game, i didn’t bother looking it up, before i put it in that poll. Oh how i regret that decision right now.

I decided to do a 2-Part Review, because the Weekend is going to end, and i am pretty sure i want finish the game today. So let’s go into it.

When i first opened the game it showed me one of the more common outside of game configuration screens. I set my resolution accordingly and since the quality settings showed me “Fantastic” as a maximum setting, i decided to give that a go.

I waited eagerly through the pretty cartoon pre-game intro to finally appreciate the engine marvel that didn’t happen.

So first things first: You start out with a farm in bad shape and a single Unicorn. In order to train that unicorn, you have “unique” training course from weight pulling to dressage. Depending on which course you choose you get the same “Press-Arrow-Button-Game” just with a different setting. That wouldn’t be to annoying if you wouldn’t have to the same sequence over and over again. At this point, i was thinking, okay… relaxing easy game but then.. the music started burning my ears of. Cheap run of the mill guitar songs, that sound the same, and repeat themselves over and over again, even though they are different songs. So, no relaxation here.

To send your horses on quests, you click a Mailbox, choose the chore and then watch your horse leave. At least races are commented by a window displaying texts that comment what’s going on and the current standing of your vastly superior horses. Since you seem to own superhero horses, Demon horses, an array of mythological horselike animals, your competition doesn’t stand a chance.

All you see when you send your horses on a quest.

A closer look at the graphics reveals the Unity 3D Engine at it worst. Washed down textures, sloppy particle effects, and failing mipmaps. It leaves an overall SubPar impression on me.

Stay Tuned for “Dafuq did I just play: Secret of the Magic Crystals Part 2!”

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8 responses to “Dafuq did I just play: Secret of the Magic Crystals Part 1

    • If you are going to release any beta for this game I’d recommend giving them away via Steamgifts.
      Steam gifts has over 200,000 members and currently $2,529,086.83 worth of games given away in under 2 years! Recently many devs have used the giveaway function in order to spread out betas to a base that is genuinely interested in the games and will play them. (It also ensures individuals do not receive multiple betas as it uses steam accounts)
      SOTMC has also become quite popular in particular on the site (With 374 copies given away on the site) and has become a ‘cult classic’ I guess you could say. Other devs have given away some of their older games in order to create publicity for their newer games.
      Be sure to contact the site owners if you are interested!

    • I am looking forward to your feedback once the full review is up 🙂
      i am surprised to see you caring for the game after it’s been out for two years.

  1. @PTG: Thank you for the info. We have handed out around 30 keys already to individual e-mailers asking for keys to post them on Steamgifts. We might hand out more in the future as we are opening a community forums shortly trying to bring all users (real fans and gag friends too) to discuss the possible future of the IP and which direction to move forward. This is crucial for the future of SMC.

    @ganymede81: The amount of work and effort that went into this game (consider it was done by one programmer and one artist almost entirely) means that we are still very much interested to see where it goes and what’s people’s reaction. We are a small indie developer studio so for us each of our game means the world. 🙂 We would very much like to build a bigger audience and also keep the real fans as well as people who bought it as a gag gift. If you’re interested in the story of what happened over the summer sales then check this short interview by Gamers with Jobs: http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/113538

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