Magicka cast on PC digital retail today, demo summoned on Steam

Paradox Interactive has narrowly upheld its promise to release the PC version of Magicka this month, as the publisher's "self-deprecating" action-misadventure -- "which pokes fun of other games just to feel better about itself" -- is today available from digital distribution retailers, including Steam, GamersGate and Amazon Digital Services, for $10. (A demo version is also available through Steam.)

Developed by Swedish outfit Arrowhead Game Studios, Magicka features "the parody and satire of a clichéd fantasy world," one-upping the similarly irreverent DeathSpank with support for up to 4-player co-op. Of course, there's no sign of unicorn poop in the launch trailer (after the break) -- so definitely a missed opportunity there.

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Magicka Officially Released, Launch Trailer and Demo Now Available

The World is Depending on a Wizard to Save it. Namely, Because Everyone Else Has Better Things to Do.

NEW YORK - January 25, 2010 -
Calling all wizards, the time has come for you and up to three others to save the world! The mages of Paradox Interactive today announced that action-adventure game Magicka is now available for download on all major digital distribution channels. The self-deprecating title, which pokes fun of other games just to feel better about itself, is available for the modest price of two newt legs and a vial of unicorn blood. Or $9.99 Actually, thinking about it now, just $9.99 will do.

Developed by Arrowhead studios, Magicka throws players into a realm filled with hordes of ogres, goblins, and other monsters you've seen countless times in games and movies throughout the last 50 years. Explore the land alone or cooperatively as you and your "friends" battle through the masses to save the world and be mocked incessantly by the entire population when you perish trying to do so. Put your robe on and get ready to do lots of prancing around in the forest!

A launch trailer for Magicka has been conjured and can be viewed through your closest crystal ball, pool of shimmering water, or by clicking on the following link:

Or, just play the demo

The developers of Magicka, after being hounded for narrowly making deadlines, have included the following features:

* Innovative and dynamic spellcasting system with thousands of possible combinations
* Up to four-player co-op in all game modes, as well as a single-player option
* Fight your way through 13 different levels in the campaign
* Explore an expansive realm of adventure to defeat the evil wizard
* Find and unlock achievements, items, and powerful Magicks
* Experience the parody and satire of a clichéd fantasy world

For more information, join the community on visit or you can also follow the game on Twitter at

About Paradox Interactive
Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading global developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy catalog, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe. Its steadily-growing portfolio includes originally developed titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Victoria and the Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as publishing titles such as the Mount&Blade series, The Kings' Crusade, Majesty 2, Cities in Motion and Magicka. Paradox made an explosive entry onto consoles during 2010 with the release of Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West. For more information, please visit and follow and

About Arrowhead Game Studios
Based out of Skellefteå, Sweden, Arrowhead Game Studios is an award winning game development company focusing on making games that are intuitive and innovative for creative gamers. The company philosophy is based on these simple guiding principles - entertainment, innovation and quality. Magicka, the action/adventure game developed by the company has won the title "Game of the Year" at the Swedish Game Awards 2008, Sweden's largest game development competition. For more information, visit

This article was originally published on Joystiq.