A moment many of us have been eagerly anticipating has finally arrived as Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 [Free (HD)] has hit the App Store. We were pretty blown away when we went hands-on with Magic 2013 at E3 a couple of weeks back, and were further teased with a set of gorgeous screenshots a couple of days later which truly showed the high quality artwork in the game.

Those high quality game assets and card illustrations look simply incredible and the cards themselves take advantage of the new iPad's Retina Display, but this also comes at a bit of a cost: the app is a full 1GB download. On the bright side, if you've got the room to spare, Magic 2013 is totally free to download and check out for yourself, and actually comes with a fair bit of content. For a $9.99 IAP you can unlock the full game which has even more decks, unlockable cards, access to online multiplayer, and tons more.

Our resident Magic fanatic Eli Hodapp will I'm sure be putting Magic 2013 through its paces, so expect a review soon. In my brief time with the game I've been having a blast, and for free it's definitely worth checking out whether you're old hat at Magic or a complete noob. You can also dive into some discussion and early impressions of Magic 2013 in our forums.

  • Maniacfive

    For a second I thought this meant it was freemium. Glad to hear its not. Woo!

    Although. As someone who still has 90's consoles around, Personally prefer separate apps for demo versions, what happens in 20 years when the app store doesn't exist to reauthorise my purchase. But meh, what are ya gonna do.

  • http://twitter.com/truescience True Science

    1 GB!

  • ConraDargo

    Excellent, a must download for me! I only wish that they would one day provide us with the full Magic experience, with booster and starter packs as IAP purchases. I for one wouldn't mind playing Magic in a digital form.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      Never played MTGO?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Labas/1478644459 Richard Labaš

        Never on the iPad :) I love Magic, I would love to play MTGO, but I rarely use PC, most of the time its iPad or iPhone. And for the real card game, its bit of a problem to find player with cards anywhere you are (like in car, train, bus station etc.), iPad+3G is ideal for this: play anywhere, anytime. And since there is no MTGO for iPad, we miss the booster packs :)

      • http://twitter.com/offSwitch87 Travis Hernandez

        I wonder if MTGO is coming to mobile sometime in the future. Seems like it would make a boatload of money. I mean, I spent close to 40 bucks on Assassin's Creed: Recollection on iPad, and many people spent much more than that. Card games just work so well with the touch interface. All the fun of playing tabletop and none of the cleanup. 

  • http://twitter.com/Maltbrew Malte Andersen

    Well that's weird.. It's not in the Danish app store :( 

  • Frank Hopewell-Smith

    Speaking of iPad apps - where is the toucharcade iPad app?!??!

    It was 'sposed to be "sooner rather than later" - hmmmmm... 

  • tonyunreal

    This is indeed the perfect game for my new iPad. :P

  • http://twitter.com/NichBoy Nich Richardson

    I don't think it's actually out yet... can't find it on the Aus or US store.

  • http://twitter.com/NichBoy Nich Richardson

    Actually, I lied. Search 'Magic 2013' and it's there. Not magic the gathering or planeswalkers or anything. That's... weird :)

  • http://www.chaosphoenix.de Philipp

    I bought the premium version via IAP, but I can access only 2 decks. Is that normal?

    • Claudio Ambrosini

      Me too... only 2 decks, i don't know if this normal...

      • http://www.chaosphoenix.de Philipp

        Just unlocked anotherone for an ingame achievement. So I think it's normal

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IMPWGG25OM3ICOZODPSNUFZ6EQ ROBERT

        Decks are unlocked as you progress and beat each of the planeswalkers. Cards for the deck you are using are also given out when you beat an opponent

    • Rirath

      As Robert said, yes it is normal as the decks are then unlocked during gameplay.  The further $0.99 purchase I believe not only unlocks it right away, but unlocks all the "extra" cards that you normally get by winning with the deck.

      It is, unfortunately, a very confusing method.  I had expected this and was STILL left wondering "Did it work?" until I actually saw a deck unlock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000550362553 Klas Segeljakt

    2013 game released in 2012, that doesn't make any logical fucking sense

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IMPWGG25OM3ICOZODPSNUFZ6EQ ROBERT

      Most software releases that mention a year go almost a full year ahead, for example you have been able to buy Autodesk Maya 2013 since April this year.
      Microsoft Office 2011 was released in 2010 etc.

    • http://twitter.com/RobotsVsWizards James

      How does that not make any sense, clearly you have never heard of a time machine!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.walsh.334 Sarah Walsh

      Ever heard of the auto industry?

  • Heath Newton

    Super stoked about this one!

  • heretikeen

    Bug: A creature who's been enchanted to be Defender only can't use abilities any more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juanma.hernayes Juanma Hernayes

    Dude, where's my car?

  • 9uclear

    Crap. Can't I have any planeswalkers in my deck? If the game is called Duels of PLANESWALKERS. Shit

  • wim

    Pleas help me i play the game and wen i win a multy match my score wil stay the same.. 1592 and it wont change dus somwhon now if this is normal???

    • http://kooztop5.blogspot.com Kooz

      I have the same problem. For me it is because every time I'm about to beat a real person, they quit and I end up playing the last round against the computer. This doesn't get tagged as a victory, so my core doesn't improve. Huge bug if you ask me.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDW445ZSKRMGYBXSXYWEBYZH5Y KevinM

        Is still true? Are the scoring rules published?

      • http://kooztop5.blogspot.com Kooz

        I couldn't find them published 3 months ago--they might be now.  That all might have changed too.

  • Andy Nguyen

    At least this crap is free so people would give a fuck.

  • Andy Nguyen

    at least this crap is free so people would give a fuck ... why do they bother to make craps like this ???? God!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.toledo.94 Joshua Toledo

    no ipod version ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.toledo.94 Joshua Toledo

    no ipod version ???

  • Tim Wadleigh

    Why arent you coming out for an android version? Dont you know that Android Holds more than half of the mobileverse with apple in a close second?

  • Charles Richards

    im upset first of all ive played magic since 1994 an disappointed there is no android version