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The Magic Candle: Volume 1

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Apple II - Commodore 64

Alt name マジックキャンドル
Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Turn-based
Publisher Mindcraft Software, Inc.
Developer Mindcraft Software, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.71
4.56 / 5 - 16 votes

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One of the best RPGs ever made, The Magic Candle is an incredible, highly underrated masterpiece that put Mindcraft on the map. Ater producing a few respectable RPGs for SSI (e.g. Rings of Zilfin), Ali Atabek's first release for his new company Mindcraft rivals Wizardry in addictiveness and sheer size.

The Magic Candle boasts a very complex story, non-linear gameplay, and a huge game world to explore in addition to innumerable neat touches. The plot revolves around you (Lukas) and your party of intrepid adventurers who have been tasked to seal the demon Dreax within the Magic Candle which was rapidly burning down. The game has 3 difficulty levels, toggled by changing the number of "days" you want to complete the game in (easy mode gives you 999 days, hard mode is less than 400 days).

The Magic Candle is a great example of an "epic RPG" in every sense of the word. The game has so many mini quests (hundreds, in fact) that it's impossible to do them all, so you will have to be selective and take copious notes lest you forget your main objective. Similar to Ultima IV, you will have to do a lot of talking to NPC's to glean information. What makes The Magic Candle a revolutionary RPG instead of merely a great game, though, is the abundance of nice little touches of realism. For example, when you are trecking through the mountains, the bird's eye view perspective will change a side view of your party standing at a washed-out bridge or ravine where you have to throw a rope to cross to the other side.

Similar to Wasteland, The Magic Candle also implements a complex skill system, which is used to good effect to enhance realism and as solutions to many puzzles. Among its numerous innovations, the most celebrated feature of the game is the ability to split up your four-member party at any time. Some puzzles (again similar to Wasteland) require you to be in different places at once, so you must split your party up. Different members can also do different things as time passes in real time. What this means is that you can leave some mages in a town rest and the rest can go off hunting. This is the kind of efficiency required to win the game.

Overall, The Magic Candle is a masterpiece RPG that will keep you engrossed for months. The only weak point about the game is the combat system, which is a little too simplistic, as well as the lack of on-line notebook to record immense amount of information). Still, the game offers a good balance of combat, puzzle-solving, and character interaction. A definite must-have for all RPG fans, and a much better game than its two sequels. Two thumbs up!

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brian 2024-01-01 0 point

played this religiosy loved it

RetroGamer 2023-01-11 0 point

Get better PDF manuals from:

Dreax 2021-02-04 0 point Commodore 64 version

Still have my original C64 disks and hand written notes when I was a kid. An amazing game. Did anyone else ever encounter the glitch in the Knight's Rm where if you mashed the joystick up and down it would spit out a generic halfling character that would join you with 50str a lot of hp, and two spell books? It was even repeatable.

admin 2020-09-22 2 points

Replace the buggy 1.40 version with the one from, thanks pete

pete 2020-09-18 2 points DOS version

@PatrickG, yes, the version of the game here crashes when entering dermagud. As a workaround, you can download the game from here:
then if you want to recover your saved game from the buggy copy:
1. delete the MCSAVE.MCI file from the download.
2. copy the MCSAVE.MCI file from the buggy version into the
3. copy your saved files (LUKAS*.MCS) from the buggy version files into the old-games version.
This will at least get you into Dermagud. No idea if there are later bugs.

PatrickG 2020-09-12 0 point DOS version

DOS-version is buggy! Game crashes when your party enters the dungeon of Dermagud. Complete waste of time ...

dfortae - Game Reviews 2019-09-15 1 point DOS version

For those that may want a detailed synopsis of this game, I do a review here:

Alacarte 2018-06-14 1 point DOS version

Great early RPG were even the magic users could wear plate armor. I loved this game and it really has it's own very unique atmosphere.

Harrison 2017-12-19 3 points Commodore 64 version

This was my very first RPG, which in turn got me into others & tabletop RPGs. I still have the original box for the C64 version. I really dug the Dwarven alphabet & that you needed the proper chants to get into the dungeons.

If there was ever a game I wish the powers that be would remake it's this one, with the original Wasteland as 2nd.

Joligula 2015-10-18 4 points

Man I remember this. Me and dad played this and we must have filled 20 50 subject notebooks up with notes and used hundreds of pages of graph paper to get all the info.

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-21 2 points DOS version

This was a fairly decent attempt to combine the better aspects of Wizardry and Ultima I-III. As stated above, the only real weak point was the combat system, which for a *lot* of games in this genre was a common fallacy. But then again, when you're dealing with essentially the same layout as a boardgame, about the only things you could do in a combat between two tiles was A)ttack, P)arry, C)ast (Spell), U)se (Item) or R)un.

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