Blog #053 - Let Me Take You On A Magical Unicorn Adventure

Let me start out by thanking LordXavierBritish, the asshole who gave me this game after I 'won' his Photoshop competition. My prize? A wonderful game by the name of Secret of the Magic Crystals, available on Steam now.

We are about to embark on a magical adventure full of unicorns, elves, and low resolution textures. I wasn't sure what I was in for, but the startup screen gives me a great indication. You know you're in for a good time when graphics options range from 'Fastest' to 'Fantastic'.

I am going in to this game with no previous knowledge about the gameplay, the story or characters. What awaits us in Secret of the Magic Crystals? Wonder? Childhood innocence? Let us take a look...

Backstory

The game starts off with a slideshow describing the backstory behind the narrative, similar to other stellar games like Super Mario Galaxy.

Giant Meteors suck

Much like other modern games, Secret of the Magic Crystals initially deals with what seems like the apocolypse. As in post-apocalyptic FPS Rage, a giant meteor is set to collide with the earth, except the people in this world have escaped John Carmack blessing the land with Megatextures, and are instead spared the impact of the meteor. Which is the better of the two fates? You decide.

The meteor shatters in the Earth's atmosphere, and rains down magical crystals... if you believe the name of this game. In our world, astronomers might have noticed a giant meteor heading towards the earth. But this isn't your regular Earth with 'SCIENCE', this is MAGIC! Instead, these magic crystals are discovered by one old man, a university professor. Wait, professor? I guess in this world scientists are the quacks instead of mystics and psychics.

He believes the crystals have a profound effect on... wait for it... horses! Yes, of all the applications of magic crystals, horses are the only benefit of this incredible discovery. Hang on a second... nobody believes him? Impossible. Screw these students, what do they know?

Oh no! Ben Franklin here is cast out!

The old man is then kicked out of the University for spreading his lies (we believe him though, right guys?) and retreats back to his home farm. There he grafts 2 pieces of jewellery for his grandchildren to raise horses on the farm, and that is where our grand adventure begins.

OMG... Unicorns!

With the important stuff out of the way, we now have control over the farm. In case you were already aware of the stellar translation this game has received, my fist click on the screen results in finding an elf guarding treasure (where you ask? Let's see if you can find it in this screenshot... cos I sure can't). "You have found the Rainbow! You have found the elf guarding the treasure at the Rainbow!" declares the game. Great...?

RAINBOWS!!!!!!!

Well, nothing happened. Moving on, pop up tutorials inform me that I am able to click on various elements on the farm and upgrade them or enter them. Surprisingly upgrading them actually changes the look of the structure. The farm is quite desolate and drab at the start so hopefully once I start earning money (there are coins in the corner of the screen) I can turn this place in to a palace.

The game instructs me to go to the stable, and inside I am greeted with my starting animal. A Unicorn! Morisa the Unicorn. Still a baby, it seems. On the left are some grooming tools so I take a brush and brush the furry unicorn to make it pretty. What? Don't judge me. After a minute or so of brushing my Unicorn explodes! What did I do!?

My Unicorn is a bit... 'special'

OK, disaster averted. The explosion was pixie dust or something, and my Unicorn is now an extra 6ft taller, muscular and has a giant head. It grew up? I guess the game is telling me now I can train my horse... or magic horse unicorn. Off to the corral.

Pony Traning

Sparkly Unicorns aren't my thing, I swear

At this point I have realised this game is a horse training simulator. Except MAGICAL. Considering you've been gifted with a magical unicorn beast and some magic crystals, you sure do some non-magical shit with it. Starting off by taking my Unicorn on a forest track which involves such mind blowing, MAGICAL feats such as jumping over twigs and branches.

The actually gameplay portion is similar to that of Rockband or Guitar hero, except here it is just arrow keys. When the horse passes under a giant floating arrow you have a 1 - 2 second window in which to press the arrow key. The the horse jumps over a trickle of water and some leaves. What happens if you don't press it in time? I don't know. The difficulty in this game is so forgiving that I got a perfect on every button press. At the end of the course it tallies up your score and with all perfects... 98%? Fuck you, game!

The other events are the exact same minigame just in a different environment. After a certain amount of activity however, your horse becomes exhausted and you must allow it to rest which is a great excuse to go feed it back in the stable or groom it. That, my friends is where my first day of adventure ends in this game.

More incredible translation

Like what you've read? Let me know if you want to see more episodes in my Unicorn training diary.

Giveaway

As a thank you for reading this magical adventure I would like to give you the opportunity to win a prize. I have a number of steam vouchers to give away. Exciting, no? No? Oh, OK. But still, discounts off games. Even Skyrim! Feel free to give something in return if you like but otherwise just post your steam name and what you want, and it is yours for the taking.

Here is what's up for grabs...

Prize:Taken By:
-33% off Skyrim
-33% off Skyrim
-50% off Valve
-50% off Valve
-33% off Valve
-50% off Hacker Evolution: Duality
-25% off Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
-50% off VVVVVV
-50% off Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
-50% off Xotic
-50% off Frozenbyte Collection
Any of my Spiral Knights crap
11 Comments
12 Comments
Edited by AlisterCat

Let me start out by thanking LordXavierBritish, the asshole who gave me this game after I 'won' his Photoshop competition. My prize? A wonderful game by the name of Secret of the Magic Crystals, available on Steam now.

We are about to embark on a magical adventure full of unicorns, elves, and low resolution textures. I wasn't sure what I was in for, but the startup screen gives me a great indication. You know you're in for a good time when graphics options range from 'Fastest' to 'Fantastic'.

I am going in to this game with no previous knowledge about the gameplay, the story or characters. What awaits us in Secret of the Magic Crystals? Wonder? Childhood innocence? Let us take a look...

Backstory

The game starts off with a slideshow describing the backstory behind the narrative, similar to other stellar games like Super Mario Galaxy.

Giant Meteors suck

Much like other modern games, Secret of the Magic Crystals initially deals with what seems like the apocolypse. As in post-apocalyptic FPS Rage, a giant meteor is set to collide with the earth, except the people in this world have escaped John Carmack blessing the land with Megatextures, and are instead spared the impact of the meteor. Which is the better of the two fates? You decide.

The meteor shatters in the Earth's atmosphere, and rains down magical crystals... if you believe the name of this game. In our world, astronomers might have noticed a giant meteor heading towards the earth. But this isn't your regular Earth with 'SCIENCE', this is MAGIC! Instead, these magic crystals are discovered by one old man, a university professor. Wait, professor? I guess in this world scientists are the quacks instead of mystics and psychics.

He believes the crystals have a profound effect on... wait for it... horses! Yes, of all the applications of magic crystals, horses are the only benefit of this incredible discovery. Hang on a second... nobody believes him? Impossible. Screw these students, what do they know?

Oh no! Ben Franklin here is cast out!

The old man is then kicked out of the University for spreading his lies (we believe him though, right guys?) and retreats back to his home farm. There he grafts 2 pieces of jewellery for his grandchildren to raise horses on the farm, and that is where our grand adventure begins.

OMG... Unicorns!

With the important stuff out of the way, we now have control over the farm. In case you were already aware of the stellar translation this game has received, my fist click on the screen results in finding an elf guarding treasure (where you ask? Let's see if you can find it in this screenshot... cos I sure can't). "You have found the Rainbow! You have found the elf guarding the treasure at the Rainbow!" declares the game. Great...?

RAINBOWS!!!!!!!

Well, nothing happened. Moving on, pop up tutorials inform me that I am able to click on various elements on the farm and upgrade them or enter them. Surprisingly upgrading them actually changes the look of the structure. The farm is quite desolate and drab at the start so hopefully once I start earning money (there are coins in the corner of the screen) I can turn this place in to a palace.

The game instructs me to go to the stable, and inside I am greeted with my starting animal. A Unicorn! Morisa the Unicorn. Still a baby, it seems. On the left are some grooming tools so I take a brush and brush the furry unicorn to make it pretty. What? Don't judge me. After a minute or so of brushing my Unicorn explodes! What did I do!?

My Unicorn is a bit... 'special'

OK, disaster averted. The explosion was pixie dust or something, and my Unicorn is now an extra 6ft taller, muscular and has a giant head. It grew up? I guess the game is telling me now I can train my horse... or magic horse unicorn. Off to the corral.

Pony Traning

Sparkly Unicorns aren't my thing, I swear

At this point I have realised this game is a horse training simulator. Except MAGICAL. Considering you've been gifted with a magical unicorn beast and some magic crystals, you sure do some non-magical shit with it. Starting off by taking my Unicorn on a forest track which involves such mind blowing, MAGICAL feats such as jumping over twigs and branches.

The actually gameplay portion is similar to that of Rockband or Guitar hero, except here it is just arrow keys. When the horse passes under a giant floating arrow you have a 1 - 2 second window in which to press the arrow key. The the horse jumps over a trickle of water and some leaves. What happens if you don't press it in time? I don't know. The difficulty in this game is so forgiving that I got a perfect on every button press. At the end of the course it tallies up your score and with all perfects... 98%? Fuck you, game!

The other events are the exact same minigame just in a different environment. After a certain amount of activity however, your horse becomes exhausted and you must allow it to rest which is a great excuse to go feed it back in the stable or groom it. That, my friends is where my first day of adventure ends in this game.

More incredible translation

Like what you've read? Let me know if you want to see more episodes in my Unicorn training diary.

Giveaway

As a thank you for reading this magical adventure I would like to give you the opportunity to win a prize. I have a number of steam vouchers to give away. Exciting, no? No? Oh, OK. But still, discounts off games. Even Skyrim! Feel free to give something in return if you like but otherwise just post your steam name and what you want, and it is yours for the taking.

Here is what's up for grabs...

Prize:Taken By:
-33% off Skyrim
-33% off Skyrim
-50% off Valve
-50% off Valve
-33% off Valve
-50% off Hacker Evolution: Duality
-25% off Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
-50% off VVVVVV
-50% off Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
-50% off Xotic
-50% off Frozenbyte Collection
Any of my Spiral Knights crap
Posted by Xpgamer7

After seeing the first pic I knew this blog would be worth reading. Tell us more of your adventures in Unicorn land, and if you eventually lead a group of unicorns in a guerilla attack on the scientists.

Edited by Vegetable_Side_Dish

I think I'm some kind of eco-sim whore. That screen of your little hamlet and stables and the money counter actually made me consider looking at a gameplay video of this. Just for a split-second though. 

Posted by AlisterCat

@Xpgamer7: @Vegetable_Side_Dish: Something I forgot to mention is that there are zero sound effects in this game. It is just one looping song.

It's only a very stripped down sim. There's barely anything to it so I doubt it would satisfy that need.

Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish
@AlisterCat said:

@Xpgamer7: @Vegetable_Side_Dish: Something I forgot to mention is that there are zero sound effects in this game. It is just one looping song.

It's only a very stripped down sim. There's barely anything to it so I doubt it would satisfy that need.

Good, I need this sort of anti-motivational talk to make me stay away. 
Posted by Atary77

This is just one of those games where I can't help but vehemently ask "Who the hell is responsible for this?!"

Posted by AlisterCat

@Atary77: The game was developed & published by Artery Studios, who have made 3 games and worked on Witcher 2 assets. I'm adding their page now.

Posted by Atary77

@AlisterCat: So if I understand you correctly, this was made by people who are really more suited for making digital art than making a game. That would explain a number of things.

Posted by AlisterCat
Edited by Little_Socrates

I don't own a PC copy of Skyrim and would love to have one... steam id little_socrates1. Any of the other prizes are for games I already own or don't care about, so if I win something else, DROP ME OFF THE LIST.

Please, give us more entries into your Magical Unicorn Adventure Journal. That, or start addressing your posts directly to Princess Celestia.

Posted by AlisterCat

@Little_Socrates: Well, it's just 33% off. I'll send it your way. It's less winning something, more you say you want it and I'll give it to you.

Posted by Little_Socrates

@AlisterCat: Even better! Thanks for the discount!