The game is largely a parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, and was designed by Fergus McNeill (known for games such as Bored of the Rings and The Boggit).
Kingdom O' Magic contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Kingdom O' Magic is this to high fantasy in general and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in particular, with expies of numerous well-known characters and places from Middle-Earth prominently featured in the game.
- Anachronism Stew: To be expected in a comedy fantasy game. As well as fairly standard high fantasy items, your character can also find the legendary weapon, the Chainsaw of the Elder Folk.
- Beauty = Goodness: Zigzagged. While Sha-ron is certainly attractive and set on saving the day, the manual mentions that she "has no interest in working with the elderly, and hates all animals, especially the cute fuzzy ones".
- Destructive Savior: The ending of "The 7-11 Quest". You and your team of heroes successfully protect Flaketown from the barbarian horde, but end up burning it to the ground yourselves in the drunken revelry afterwards.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: How you deal with the cop guarding the structurally insecure pier. Turns out the extra weight is juuust enough for it to not hold him.
- Gag Haircut: No matter what you ask for, the hairdresser will always shave you bald. (Fortunately, if you play as the female character and wear the wig, he'll annihilate that one in lieu of your real hair.)
- Gangland Drive-By: You can hire the Elven Mafia to put a hit on the dragon. Cue cutscene of him being gunned down in the market place by a group of suited elves on a farm cart.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Mirror shades can be useful when medusas are near...
- Jail Bake: Need to get a sword past some guards? Have it baked into a loaf of bread.
- The Magnificent Seven Samurai: The first quest, "The Magnificent Seven-Eleven Quest", is a straight-up parody of this, as you have to recruit a group of heroes to defend one of the towns from a barbarian horde. Once you do, the horde turns and leaves as soon as they see your heroes, but the town still gets destroyed... by your heroes, in the drunken post-victory celebrations.
- Smoldering Shoes: Your character finds a pair of boots in the woods, still smoking. Right next to an axe and a stump. The narrator comments that that tends to happen in enchanted forests.
- Unwinnable by Design: Insult Granny too much, and she'll storm off and tell you that you've forfeited any future assistance from her. Hope you're not doing any of the quests where you needed her help...
- World of Pun (Combined with Take That! and Affectionate Parody): Just about every item, location, and person in the game has a punnerific name. Examples include Don Elrondo, the Elven leader of Rivendull, and Queen Galadrag of De-Lorean.