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Magicka

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Magicka
Magicka cover
Developers
Arrowhead Game Studios
Publishers
Paradox Interactive
Engines
XNA
Release dates
Windows January 25, 2011
Magicka guide at StrategyWiki
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General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums
Magickapedia

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Gamesplanet Collection.
Games Republic
Humble Store
Steam
All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Mods And utilities[edit]

Magicka AutoHotkey Script Generator
Resized HUD for low resolutions
Savegame Editor
Challenge Editor
Level Editor

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveData
Configuration file is binary format.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveData

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

The Decal Limit value sets the decal's decay rate before disappearing. It should be set to Off for the best effect.
General settings.
General settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
Controller rebinding. Prompted when opening game and DirectInput is detected.
Controller rebinding. Prompted when opening game and DirectInput is detected.

Controller support[edit]

The game has built in support for controllers, but the default controls for spellcasting are so obtuse (right stick to any four main directions and 1/4 to either side) that use of the keyboard is recommended.
Third party scripts have been created to apply a much more sane control scheme for use with controllers, and can be found here.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.
French
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.
German
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.
Italian
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.
Polish
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.
Russian
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.
Spanish
Language spoken in-game is gibberish.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Only one keyboard usable at once, other players must use controllers.
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 7331, 27016
UDP (outbound) 7331, 27016
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game Won't Start On Laptop[edit]

ATI/NVidia Graphics Cards[edit]

ATI/NVidia Graphics Cards

On newer laptops with an i3/5/7 processor and some form of ATI/Nvidia graphics card, the laptop usually has the option of running a program on either on the integrated graphics or discreet graphics. Sometimes, the graphics driver incorrectly runs Magicka on the integrated intel graphics.

  • Force your system to run Magicka on the ATI or NVidia card will greatly increase performance.

Windows Event - Exception code: c0000374 Crash[edit]

Windows Event - Exception code: c0000374 Crash
  • When experiencing this error code and Office 2010 is running, try changing the system language from Japanese to English. This error has something to do with Office 2010's Microsoft IME.

Crash to Desktop with SoundBlaster Card[edit]

Crash to Desktop with SoundBlaster Card

If you have a soundblaster sound card and are experiencing a crash to desktop:

  1. Open the windows control panel and navigate to Sound.
  2. Highlight the speaker then click properties.
  3. Go to the Sound Blaster panel.
  4. Check the Disable Sound Blaster enhancements.
  5. Click apply.

FRAPS, OC Guru, EVGA precision, MSI Afterburner, RivaTuner[edit]

FRAPS, OC Guru, EVGA precision, MSI Afterburner, RivaTuner
  • All of the above programs are known to cause crashes with Magicka. Disable or uninstall those programs.

Exception Code: e0434f4d or e0434f4d crash[edit]

Exception Code: e0434f4d or e0434f4d crash

When experiencing either of these crash codes

Game won't start[edit]

Game won't start
If the game won't start, try the following:

Mumble Incompatibility[edit]

Mumble Incompatibility
Some people have had issues running the game while mumble is open.
Most likely related to Mumbles overlay.
  1. Close Mumble
  2. Start Magicka
  3. Alt-tabbing back to desktop
  4. Start Mumble again seems to get around this issue.

Game Freezes[edit]

XP and AMD Dual Core CPU[edit]

XP and AMD Dual Core CPU

When experiencing some freezes and are running Windows XP on a dual core AMD CPU, make sure to install this CPU driver and the AMD Dual Core Optimizer.

Dual Core Systems[edit]

Dual Core Systems
Magicka can occasionally freeze if it is run on a dual core system. Setting Magicka to run on only one core may solve this.[citation needed]
To make Magicka run on a single core, perform the following:
  1. Run Magicka.
  2. Open the task manager.
  3. In the processes tab, right click "Magicka.exe" process and select "Set Affinity"
  4. Uncheck "CPU 1" so that ONLY "CPU 0" is checked.
  5. Select OK.

Graphics issues[edit]

Screen Tearing/Shuttering[edit]

Screen Tearing/Shuttering
  • For Nvidia cards, use the Nvidia control panel to force triple buffering and V-sync.
  • For ATI/AMD cards use the AMD VISION Engine Control Center to create a profile for Magicka that forces triple buffering and V-sync.

Random Graphics Glitches[edit]

Random Graphics Glitches
  • Update your graphics drivers.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game Won't Start On Laptop[edit]

Intel Graphics Cards[edit]

Intel Graphics Cards

Intel integrated graphics cards are not recommended for playing Magicka. Playing on an Intel 2000 is neigh unplayable, while playing on an Intel 3000 is possible with reduced resolution and noticeable frame rate drops. Arrowhead Game Studios recommends avoiding integrated graphics cards.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900

References