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The Magister (2020) is a roleplaying adventure where you play a detective sent to investigate the murder of a fellow Magister. You explore the point-and-click adventure to find clues, follow leads and befriend villagers. But then there's a card game to uncover their secrets before confronting the suspects and sending in your report. It's unusual because you can approach the investigation in different ways: rely on your wits and keen eye, utilize stealth and charm, be tough and intimidating, or come up with your own combination of tactics.

Play consists of exploring the area to examine clues and interview people. To solve the case you need to find someone with a motive, means, and opportunity to have committed the crime. You can keep track of the web of information on your visual investigation board and your journal.

Obtaining the information you need often requires “tactical diplomacy” encounters, which are battles where you play cards to gain empathy and convince the other person to cooperate before they get fed up and refuse to negotiate further. When diplomacy doesn't work (or isn’t an option) "combat battles" are fought with a different set of cards.

There's also a real-time element to play, so that time passes as you move around and some people or places are only available at certain times of the day (or night). This is accentuated by the many distractions on your quest that can eat up time. Other murders to puzzle out, cults to investigate, people to please, locks to pick. Everywhere you turn there is someone or something interesting to investigate or spend your money on. However you only have 14 days to solve the murder of the Magister, so managing your time, money, and relationships is one of the fun challenges of the game.

The result is a unique point-and-click style adventure with unusual card-battle-and-diplomacy interactions. There's a real tensions because of the limited time and the difficulty of getting the information you need from the people you meet. With a new procedurally generated story each time you start again, no two murder mysteries are the same.

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked The Magister 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Fighting game with Communication, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play and Strategy elements. You can play with 0 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 12 hours to complete. Play time for each mystery varies widely because they are procedurally generated. It will also depend on how many side quests you pursue, how soon your find the clues you need to confront the suspects, and when you decide you have enough evidence to end the investigation.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence.

In the US, ESRB state: Suggestive themes.


The Magister usually costs £11.39.

The Magister

Steam Store PC £11.39
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Fighting (Communication, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play and Strategy)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night

Developer: Nerdook (@Nerdook)

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