Videogame: Magicite

Magicite is an Indie Roguelike Platform Game, which combines Randomly Generated Levels with RPG Elements and Item Crafting. Created by Sean Young, it was funded through Kickstarter and released on Steam in June 2014.

Set in an underground world whose inhabitants have been driven from the surface by an invading Scourge, the goal is for the player character to progress through many stages with varying climates (or Biomes). During each stage, the player must fight enemies to gain experience and other materials, chop trees and mine rocks for wood and ore respectively, and use these resources to craft equipment they will need on their journey. Between each stage are towns, in which the player can buy items or fabricate more advanced equipment. More playable races and outfits to wear can be unlocked once certain tasks have been accomplished.


Magicite provides examples of:

  • Arrows on Fire: a magic spell allows you to do this to your own arrows, by creating a flaming mist that you can fire arrows through.
  • Beneath the Earth: Where the entire game takes place.
  • BFS: the zweihander sword. Hits for massive damage but has a long swing time.
  • Breakable Weapons: All weapons and tools have a durability, and break when this reaches zero. It's usually not much of a bother because you'll generally have upgraded to something better before this happens. You get a warning when your weapon or tool is about to break.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: The Swamp Biome.
  • Chest Monster: some chests in the Dungeon Biome are alive and will start attacking you if you get close. The rock monsters in other biomes could also be considered Chest Monsters; from far away they look like rocks, but up close they turn into monsters (and if you're not anticipating them, you'll probably have your pick out instead of a combat weapon).
  • Critical Hit: the player character can make critical hits - unusually, you get told when you've made a critical strike even if the strike doesn't make contact with anything. A special hat, the Skeleton Mask, gives you a 1 in 4 chance of making a critical hit with each strike.
  • Double Jump: An innate ability of the player character, enabling them to make surprisingly high jumps and dodge enemies in the air. The unlockable bunny ears hat enhances this even further, allowing the player character to triple jump.
  • Elemental Crafting: very much an integral part of the game. At the start of the game, you'll only have access to wood, which will enable you to craft the lowest tier of tools and weapons; from there, you can quickly upgrade to bone, stone, and increasingly valuable metal ores.
  • Fantasy Metals: the various metals and minerals are named in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way, by adding a suffix to a real life mineral (for example, ironite, goldium, diamondite)
  • Flash Step: the Teleport spell allows you to move instantly a short distance to the left or right, which can bypass troublesome enemies or obstacles.
  • Green Hill Zone: The Forest Biome, which is always where the first stage is.
  • Healing Potion: Can be found in the environment and also crafted from herbs.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: there's no good explanation why you occasionally find treasure chests in the middle of the forest.
  • Item Crafting: A staple of the gameplay, allowing you to craft vital items from the resources that you collect.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Volcano Biome.
  • Money Spider: Everything you kill drops money, even if it's a wild animal.
  • Palette Swap: some enemies are differently-colored variants of enemies from other biomes.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Tundra Biome.
  • Stalked by the Bell: if you take too long on a level, the Scourge will arrive and hunt you down.
  • Status Buff: some of the magic spells temporarily increase your stats for a limited time.
  • Super Mode: some of the Status Buff spells appear like Super Modes. Your character will usually shout out something dramatic upon activating them.
  • Teaser Equipment: the town levels always stock a bunch of equipment that you probably can't yet afford.
  • Underground Monkey: some enemies are reskins of other enemies from different biomes.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: The player character does a somersault whenever they double jump, which is most of the time.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: The Scourge Lair.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Townsfolks can be attacked, and leave money when killed. You can also slaughter various defenceless animals for meat.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: The chickens in the town level are defenceless and can be attacked and killed for their meat... but there's a chance that doing so will summon a gigantic chicken which will fight back.
  • Video Game Dashing: The player character has an innate dash ability, allowing them to quickly dash to the left or right, whether on the ground or in the air. This allows you to pull off some pretty good dodges if you're skilled enough. The player character has a regenerating stamina meter which prevents them doing too much dashing in a short space of time.
  • Wall Master: the rock monsters which disguise themselves as rocks could be considered this.
  • With This Herring: you start off with no money.
  • Wizard Needs Food Badly: The player character has a hunger meter which slowly decreases over time. If it reaches zero, the player character starts to lose HP, so they must eat. Luckily, meat is in ready supply from the various wild animals that you encounter. You can also cook meat, which increases its nutritional value and gives it a chance of restoring health points.