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Mythos Games, which created the award winning X-COM series, has produced its first freelance title Magic & Mayhem, published by Bethesda Softworks. In it, you play the role of a student sorcerer who has graduated from the Magic Academy and returns home to his uncle's laboratory.
But the laboratory has been destroyed and your uncle is nowhere to be found! After a clay-animation opening sequence sets the stage, the quest to find your uncle begins. The adventure will take you through Greek, Celtic and Medieval lands as you seek to complete over thirty single-player missions.
The gameplay is a blend of strategy and mystical combat. If you don't want to get your own wand dirty, you can use your magic powers to summon a whole host of creatures to do your bidding; brownies, bats, trolls and dragons will all be at your beck and call. Once these are summoned, they can be used to collect clues, attack evil wizards or scout the area for you.
In addition to your ability to command mythical creatures, your powers enable you to control the elements themselves, allowing you to bring meteor showers or lightning. Help is present throughout the game from Hermes, your faithful raven familiar. Throughout the game, a built-in Artificial Intelligence analyses your playing style and adapts the malevolent wizard's responses accordingly, thus preventing you from using the same moves each time. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide