[PlayStation 5] Mighty Mage Review

by Ceidz, Owner

Mighty Mage from Afil Games is an action-arcade adventure in which you’ll have to get rid of wave after wave of enemies using your magic. Check our Mighty Mage review!

Introducing Mighty Mage, the top-down arena shooter rogue-lite where you play as a cute mage on a journey to become a master magician. Armed with up to 5 elemental spells at a time, you’ll take on hordes of enemies and choose from a variety of upgrades and spells to create unique builds.


In Mighty Mage from Afil Games, every wave presents a new challenge that you must overcome by choosing an upgrade or skill before taking on the enemies. From slow but tough Slimes to fast but weak Bats, you’ll face a variety of foes on your journey to become the ultimate mage.

Mighty Mage is an adventure in which you’ll be drawn right into the action with no backstory. As soon as you press start from the main menu, you’ll immediately be drawn into a dungeon and will get a quick tutorial about the base mechanics of this game. As you begin, you’ll have to select your elemental affinity from Fire, Water, Earth, or Electricity.

You’ll cast spells using the R2 button and press the Square button to dodge. You are always auto-targeting the closest enemy, so you’ll have to walk around them while holding the R2 button to fire at them as fast as possible. I didn’t like the auto-targeting mechanic because the right analog stick could have been used to aim like in every other twin-stick shooter, which would have added some depth to an otherwise very shallow gameplay loop.

Mighty Mage Review

After each wave, you’ll get three or four random bonuses, and you’ll be able to select one of them for your next wave. You’ll also unlock new spells that will be cast automatically as soon as they are reloaded (each spell has its own timer). There isn’t much in the gameplay area as the game mostly plays itself automatically and thus quickly becomes repetitive. Luckily, changing elemental class offers some variety, as some elemental spells behave differently than depending on your selected affinity, but it does end up being the same experience over and over again.

Another mention would be about the lacking enemy variety: with slimes, bats and elemental mages, I’ve listed the complete rooster of uninspired enemies. Additionally, this game offers only a single screen map, a single battle theme, and below-average sound effects. There even isn’t a boss at the end of the game which would have added variety and a potential fourth enemy to fight.

Mighty Mage Review

This game offers a Platinum trophy that can be achieved within one hour and requires you to complete the game four times, one with each of the elements offered at the start of the game. You’ll likely have achieved all the miscellaneous trophies in a single run – which takes about 15 minutes if your character does not die – and you’ll have to replay the game in each of the elements to achieve the Platinum trophy. If you want some extra help, you can check out this Mighty Mage Trophy Guide.

Mighty Mage is an adventure game, but one that is mostly “what you see is what you get.” The game loop is highly repetitive; the single map and background music and the too-simplistic gameplay eventually got in the way of the fun factor. Mighty Mage is available as a Cross-Buy title with a $3.99 price tag.

This Mighty Mage review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Afil Games.

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