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magic ipad gameAbout a year ago, I was hardcore into Magic: The Gathering. I have amassed a large collection of cards over the years of playing, but in time, I found myself not having enough time to keep up with the Magic scene. I won’t lie; I miss playing a great deal. The subtle intricacies of the card game are like nothing else. The skill and strategy involved in a game of Magic is enough to flex the brain muscles of even the smartest players.

The problem with Magic is that it’s not easy to get into. You have to learn a lot, and collecting the cards required can be rather expensive. However, if you own an iPad you can get into playing Magic for no money, and the game, called Magic 2013, will teach you everything you need to know about playing the card game. It removes the large barrier to entry, and it does it in the single most fun and well-made game I’ve ever played on the iPad.


The first thing I need to mention about Magic 2013 is that you can actually grab the app from the App Store for free. There is a $10 in-app purchase if you want the full game, but you can have a lot of fun playing just the free version. A game of this quality for free is something you don’t see everyday, and it’s a game every iPad owner should install.

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The game features a single player campaign where you play against various characters from the Magic universe. There are standard games of Magic, and a new mode called Encounters. In these Encounters, you play against an AI opponent who does specific things in each game. This is designed to test your skills in certain situations.

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For new Magic: The Gathering players, the game features a fantastic tutorial designed to show you all the basic gameplay mechanics. If you are new to the game, you absolutely must play through this, or you will be lost. The developers do a great job of making the tutorial fun by having you play as you learn. If you’ve always wanted to get into the collectible card game, this iPad game is the way to do it.

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The game also features online, one-on-one multiplayer. This allows you to get together with a friend and go head-to-head in an intense game of Magic. Playing Magic against the computer is good; playing with your friends is absolutely incredible.


As I said in the opening, Magic 2013 is by far my favorite game on the iPad. I looks absolutely beautiful. Both the cards and play backgrounds look stunning on the iPad, especially on the newer iPad models with Retina screens.

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The controls for the game are incredibly intuitive. To play a card from your hand, simply drag it to the play surface. It just makes sense, and it fits in perfectly on the iPad. Navigating the menus is easy and quite simply, they just make sense. Even if you’ve never played the game before, you can easily pick up the iPad version and know exactly what each menu option of the game does.

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There is plenty of gameplay to keep you busy for hours on end. Even if you only get the free version, you will still have a couple of hours of gameplay to keep you happy for a good while. If you do purchase the full game, be prepared for almost limitless gameplay. Between the campaign, multiplayer, challenge modes and everything else this game has to offer, you will be busy for a while.


Stop reading this review, go to the App Store, and download Magic 2013. I promise you will not be disappointed. It is about as good as an iPad game can get.

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  1. Dominic Chang
    November 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Make this available for android!!!

    • Dave LeClair
      November 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Agreed, hopefully for next year they make it!

  2. Easton Wiki
    November 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Such a fun great game! Ive been playing it for a long time now.

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Collectible card game is always fun. I stopped buying the cards altogether several years ago, so I still use my old deck.

  4. Stoyan Deckoff
    November 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I do recommend this game, too! I am hard-core MTG player (read: ten years of non-stop playing and dozens of folders filled with cards, etc) and still enjoyed the game, even though I get my daily fix of Magic every day for a few hours at least :) It is the best place to start learning to play magic + you can battle online in multi-player

    • Dave LeClair
      November 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Glad to see another hardcore Magic player who appreciates the relative simplicity and fun of the iPad game

  5. Bishal Mahat
    November 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    surely gonna try it looks awesome !!1

  6. Martin Herrera
    November 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Looks interesting I'm going to have to play it

  7. Ahmed Khalil
    November 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    first comment, good article thanks for it