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And word is:
Mage's Initiation is a Role-Playing / Adventure Game hybrid, very similar in style and execution to Sierra On-Line's classic Point-&-Click Quest for Glory and King's Quest series. It maintains all the charm of classic and timeless adventure games of yesteryear while adding 21st century innovation to the mix - like multiple game interfaces, and a free-range magical combat system!
We're all very big fans of the adventure genre here at Himalaya Studios, and we feel that Sierra's games really hit their peak in the early 90s. We're working hard to provide a nostalgic experience, reminiscent of that golden era of 2D Sierra adventures circa 1993-1994.
Mage's Initiation has a medieval / fantasy setting and it features multiple playable character classes, spell-casting, and an open-field magical combat system, complete with equippable items and monster loot drops!
'¢ Inspired by Sierra On-Line's "Quest for Glory" series
'¢ Hi-res, Point & Click Adventure / RPG (up to 1280 x 960)
'¢ 4 character classes with unique quests provide multiple replay value.
'¢ Choice of Interface. Play with a Sierra Icon Bar or LucasArts Verb Coin.
'¢ Full-length, self-contained (non-episodic) story.
'¢ An original stats system, integrating game score with XP. No grinding!
'¢ A unique set of spells for each Mage class.
'¢ Equip an array of mystical gems to enhance your spell-casting.
'¢ Lay waste to a horde of monsters in an open-field battle system.
'¢ Loot drops of various worth, ranging from common to extremely rare.
'¢ Buy scrolls to identify unknown items. Sell and trade them for profit!
'¢ 30+ dialog portraits - fully voiced and lip-synced.
'¢ Over 80 beautifully illustrated screens by John Paul Selwood (Hero-U).
'¢ A magical musical soundtrack by Brandon Blume (King's Quest 3 Redux)
'¢ Decision points that will resonate across (already planned) sequels!