Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
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On February 22, 2012, Walt Disney World opened Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a free interactive game at Magic Kingdom.
The backstory is that Hades wants Magic Kingdom to be his summer home. The only problem? Merlin has a crystal ball the keeps Magic Kingdom at peace. Hades sends his minions out to steal the crystal ball, but it breaks, leaving 8 pieces of the crystal ball in the hands of 8 Disney villans: Scar, Ursala, Dr. Facilier, Maleficent, Yzma, Cruella, Govener Ratcliffe, and Jafar. You must defeat them, then battle Hades to save tha Magic Kingdom.
How do you play? Go to the Main Street Firehouse (right next to City Hall) with your admission ticket. Each ticket can get five free spell cards, a key card (required to open a portal), and a special portal map per day. After training, you will be directed to defeat a villian. The villians are in Main Street (Cruella), Adventureland (Scar, Jafar, and Yzma), Frontierland/Liberty Square (Dr. Facilier and Govener Ratcliffe), and Fantasyland (Ursala, Maleficent, and Hades).
There are 70 spell cards to collect (an an exclusive one for Cast Members!), and you can trade with fellow guests. Another advantage is that as long as you have your key card, you can continue the game as you please (in a day, week, or month). When you complete Easy mode (where you are invincible), you advance to a Medium version of the game (you might be defeated), then Hard. Imagineers say Hard is very difficult, and you will be defeated several times.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom has already proven to be quite a divisive game. Some people, who haven’t even played the game, don’t like it on principle. They argue that it encroaches upon the careful theming of the Magic Kingdom, or dismiss it as another screen-based form of entertainment. Others have lauded the game, calling it brilliant or totally awesome without much additional explanation. I don’t think it’s either totally awesome or totally terrible. It's just great fun but only worth it if you have the time. Best of all, I could see this game becoming a huge success for guests of all ages and interests. 8/10
This game is great fun. It takes a while to collect all the regular cards and then there are additional cards you can collect from special events and of course trade for them. What makes this game stand out is it's amazingly interactive element. Not only is it fun (and frustrating) collecting all 60 free cards and then the 10 you can get from the paid packs, but playing through the game on multiple difficulty levels. Easy is fun for all ages and doesn't need any sort of expertise of the game. I'm currently playing the game through on medium which is a little more difficult and I have only heard that hard is actually quite a challenge and you really have to watch for the details. I try to make it a point to visit the Magic Kingdom more regularly just to play through a little through the game and get my free pack of cards. Great game for all ages.