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Sleeper Hit Magicka Sells 30,000 in 24 Hours

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Paradox Interactive's new action-adventure PC game has become a sudden hit just two days after its initial release.

Paradox Interactive said on Wednesday that its just-released action-adventure PC game Magicka had sold over 30,000 units across all digital download platforms in less than twenty-four hours. Currently it's the #1 bestselling game on Valve Software's Steam service.

Paradox's new low-profile PC game seemed to come out of nowhere, with players taking to forums and Twitter to spread the word about the humorous-yet-addicting gameplay immediately after its initial launch on Tuesday.

"The reception for Magicka has been better than we dared to hope, watching the numerous YouTube clips of gamers and editors worldwide laughing themselves senseless as they misfire spells left and right as well as the comments on twitter and forums show us people really get the humor and the idea behind Magicka." said Shams Jorjani, Producer at Paradox Interactive.

The sudden sensation can be blamed on Magicka's slapstick approach to spell casting and its cliched fantasy world full of parodies and satire. Thus, spell casting can result in comical misfires and failures or produce unpredictable results that seemingly have gamers rolling on the floor.

Outside the comical aspect, the official features include thousands of possible combinations, up to four-player co-op in all game modes, a single-player option, thirteen different levels in the campaign, an expansive realm, achievements and more.

"Singleplayer and LAN is what most people are currently playing but updating the multiplayer lobby and continuously improving the game is our top priority," he added.

Magicka is currently selling for $9.99 over on Steam. Gamers can get a taste of the new hit PC game by checking out the demo here.

Magicka Launch Trailer

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    Darkerson , January 27, 2011 11:28 PM
    Its a pretty fun little game.
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    borisof007 , January 27, 2011 11:38 PM
    looks awesome, I'll buy that when I get home! Keep spreading the word everyone!
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    aznguy0028 , January 27, 2011 11:47 PM
    there's a demo on steam as well, awesome game :D 
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    Travis Beane , January 28, 2011 12:03 AM
    I didn't even know this existed. 0.o
    aznguy0028there's a demo on steam as well, awesome game

    I thank you very much for that.
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    nukemaster , January 28, 2011 12:15 AM
    Off i go to try this too. thanks
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    Supertrek32 , January 28, 2011 12:46 AM
    First line of the game:

    "Stay a while and listen."

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    maestintaolius , January 28, 2011 1:16 AM
    That's interesting that people here seem to like it. The review on Ars made it sound like its unplayably riddled with bugs and glitches causing me to avoid it. Maybe I will take a closer look at it.
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    woshitudou , January 28, 2011 1:35 AM
    shameless plug
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    bystander , January 28, 2011 1:42 AM
    The spellcasting system is one of the most innovative system I've seen. Although it sometimes feels a little frantic trying to get the spell combination in the heat of battle.

    For $10 it's well worth it.
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    ProDigit10 , January 28, 2011 2:45 AM
    is this an offline game?
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    turbolover22 , January 28, 2011 3:17 PM
    aznguy0028there's a demo on steam as well, awesome game

    Recently reinstalled steam. I may go try out this demo.
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    Niva , January 28, 2011 5:02 PM
    That looks like a throwback to original FF style game, the mages, the airships. Wish more games looked and played like that.

    I'm definitely going to try this game, $10 is a great price for some fun.
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    bystander , January 28, 2011 5:02 PM
    is this an offline game?

    It is a single player game with a co-op mode from what I see.
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    mediv42 , January 28, 2011 8:50 PM
    Don't be misled, its not super-polished or balanced, there are bugs, its probably not very long either.

    That being said, it's really fun and innovative. If you rate it as a $10 game, it's A+.
    Even if you rate it as a $59.99 game, it's still way better than the vast majority of crap that gets pushed out of bighouse publishers rear doors these days.
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    bluekoala , January 29, 2011 5:54 AM
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    drowned , January 31, 2011 8:31 PM
    So like a goofy version of Diablo...pass.