[Nintendo Switch] The Magister Review

by EdEN, Owner

The Magister from Nerdook Productions and Digerati is a card-based whodunit RPG on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our The Magister review!

The Magister from Nerdook Productions and Digerati is a card-based whodunit RPG on Nintendo Switch. After your predecessor is murdered, you must visit the town off Silverhurst to find out what has really happened and try to locate the culprit. You have 14 days to wander around Silverhurst and visit its surrounding areas. To make the most of this, you could add a feline or canine companion to fight by your side, or perhaps you’d be better off hiring the services of a mercenary.

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Your journey will begin once you have selected a Magister between the three available options. If you don’t like the options you get, you can always reroll characters. To give you an idea of what to expect, allow me to discuss the trio I received for my first run: Aquilia, Sergius, and Julia. Each character has its pros and cons. For example, Aquilia is good at fighting, can buy physique skills, and has a starting bonus of 15 extra HP. Unfortunately, he has a drinking problem, so he needs alcohol to carry on. Sergius is good at thinking, can purchase intellect skills, and can redraw cards in battle. Sergius cannot sleep well, so he’s always tired, which is certainly bad for someone on an adventure such as this one. And then, there’s Julia. She’s good at tricks, can buy guile skills, and starts with tactical diplomacy unlocked. She’s very loyal to the church, so she needs to visit the temple on a daily basis.

There are many perks to unlock during your many runs, perks that can then be added to your character of choice during subsequent runs. These include, for example, archery, which will give you an arrow shot card. Play the arrow show card from your hand, and it will be banished, allowing you to perform a ranged attack that deals 15 to 18 damage. You might also unlock the intimidation perk, which grants you a terrify card that will lower the damage of your enemy’s next attack by 25%, as well as a threaten card, which you banish after playing and roll a die to either increase or reduce the rage level.

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Once you’re ready to go, you’ll use the left analog stick to walk around, interacting with characters or any highlighted objects by pressing the A button. As you perform a variety of tasks and interact with characters, your relationship with them will improve, eventually increasing your reputation with them by one star, up to a maximum of three stars. The better your relationship with someone, the better the odds of them helping you out as you try and solver the murder at hand. The game can also be controlled by using the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode or when playing The Magister on a Nintendo Switch Lite.

As you progress through your run, you should make it a habit to check out your board. This is a representation of your mental map, where new clues and discoveries will be placed so that you can keep in mind where you need to go and what you’ve managed to learn so far. The characters you meet, the locations you visit will all be added to the board. If you find something important from one of them, then said information will be added to the board so that you can quickly review it.

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When combat starts, your Magister and enemies will attack based on their initiative. Check the combat timer on the upper right corner of the screen to let you know how much time there is left before each character activates by reaching the left side of the gauge. Once it’s your turn, you can select a card to play from your hand. You’ll draw four cards during your turn. While you can play as many cards as you need, most of them will have a time cost associated with them, which will end up delaying your next action. You can discard cards to gain charges, which will activate extra effects as you play some cards.

Complete main story quests, take on some additional sidequests, talk to people and observe them learn more about what makes them tick, and you’ll gain experience points. Obtain enough experience points to fill up the gauge at the upper right corner of the screen, and you’ll get to level up your character. Whenever you level up, you’ll be offered the chance to add one extra perk for your current playthrough. Choose wisely so that you can complement your character’s abilities or add a perk that helps to lower the handicap from one of its issues – such as, you know, the whole drinking problem.

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The Magister is a fun card-based whodunit RPG on Nintendo Switch. I enjoyed the studio’s previous game – the also card-based roguelike Monster Slayers on PlayStation 4 – so I was looking forward to checking out this one. It mixes things up by having you explore each location from a top-down perspective, interacting with new characters as you try to improve your relationship and earn their trust in an effort to uncover all the clues you need to solve the murder mystery at hand. The Magister is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 price.

This The Magister review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Digerati.

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