MagiCats Builder PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on MagiCats Builder by Dreamz Studio.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for review purposes. Like all of my reviews this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
MagiCats Builder is the latest iteration in the MagiCats series of 2D platformers. It adds in a number of new features including multiplayer and an improved drag and drop level development suite.
The game has a number of gameplay options including a campaign, level editor and the ability to play any level created by other players.
This series has always prided itself in getting it’s players into game development. The majority of the game revolves around the community and their creations.
Adventure mode merely acts as a tutorial to the game itself. It walks you through the creation and playing of levels. I recommend playing through the campaign to learn the basics if you wish to create your own levels.
In play mode you’ll be able to find everything that other players have created. There’s a daily list of levels and if you play through all of them you’ll be awarded with a booster pack full of items. You can search for levels under 3 categories, Newest, Top Rated and Hardest. Each level awards you with gold coins upon completion which can be spent on booster packs.
Build mode is where you can use the items you acquire in booster packs to construct various types of levels. I had a bit of trouble with building levels but I’m also not too familiar with game development (I prefer writing about them rather than making them). It’s interface is very simple to use and it’s easy to learn how to build levels. With practice, you’ll be able to create some pretty impressive levels with full stories.
You can add , enemies, environment items, and numerous other types of items to your level. In order to add items you’ll first need to have them unlocked. You start the game with only a few items but through playing the game (Or spending real money) you can acquire more items through booster packs. IF you don’t want to wait around and unlock each item manually, you can purchase the infinite pack which unlocks everything in the game. This pack costs $14.99.
Gameplay tends to depend on the level you’re playing. It can be your standard jumping platformer, a metroidvania, puzzle platformer or anything in between. There’s lots of possibilities and it’s all up to your imagination. I will admit that the controls do feel really loose so jumping from platform to platform can be a bit tricky if you aren’t careful. I had trouble with the character jumping too far and ultimately hitting an enemy in the process, or I fell off a platform.
Overall, MagiCats Builder is a great game if you’re looking to get into game development and want to practice with designing a level. I will admit that I had a lot of trouble getting into the game. I’m not too interested in making my own games and the platforming elements were pretty irksome for me. I will say that the game isn’t all that bad, it’s just not really my thing so don’t let me discourage you from giving it a shot. It’s also free to play too so you can try it out at any time.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my review folks, I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Features of Interest
- Easy to Use/Learn Level Editor
- Lots of Player Created Levels To Play
- Seems to Have a Pretty Active Community
- It's Free to Play
- The Music is a Bit Annoying
- Not For Everyone (I Couldn't Really Get Into It)
- Unlocking Everything Manually Will Take A Really Long Time
- The Controls Feel A Bit Wonky/Loose