The nineties were a time when the PC was filled with classic adventure games such as Broken Sword, Simon the Sorcerer and The Secret of Monkey Island. As time went on, the genre faded in popularity, until the advent of digital distribution brought it back into focus. After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2013, Himalaya Studios have at last completed their development of Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements, a traditional point and click Sierra styled adventure game, taking inspiration from several of their fondly remembered titles.
The main character is a young mage in training by the name of D’arc, who is on the cusp of completing his training. In a throwback to the original King’s Quest, in order to graduate, he will need to train himself in the ways of elemental magic, and then fetch three items of immense magical power. At the beginning of the game, you are asked to choose your elemental speciality for D’arc’s magical powers. Each distinct choice will determine which spells you will learn and the way in which certain characters will interact with you. For example, becoming a fire mage will make some characters warier of your presence, whereas an earth or water mage will not cause you be treated with the same hostility. You can opt to collect the items in whichever you choose, allowing for the player to craft their own destiny, instead of sticking to a linear narrative.