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Two wizards square off in a magical battle based on the popular trading card game. Each wizard can summon creatures or deal direct damage to their opponent. The last wizard standing wins.

Magic The Gathering: Armageddon was produced by Acclaim in 1997.

Acclaim released 5 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1996. Acclaim was based in United States.

Other machines made by Acclaim during the time period Magic The Gathering: Armageddon was produced include: Batman Forever, NBA Jam Extreme, Judge Dredd, and ReVolt


Name Magic The Gathering: Armageddon
Developer Acclaim (United States)
Year 1997
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8498
Class Wide Release
Genre Other
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Buttons: 3 - Attack|Defend|Summon
  • Trackball: Optical
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Magic The Gathering: Armageddon Control Panel Image
PCB Magic The Gathering: Armageddon PCB Image

Game Introduction

Players choose one of five colors/magical disciplines: Red (fire magic, mountain creatures) White (healing/curative magic, knights/soldiers), Blue (water elements/creatures, counter magic) Green (elves, forest creatures) and Black (death magic, undead creatures) and fight another wizard on a magical playfield. Each player can summon magical creatures to do their bidding, but they can also directly attack another wizard, or they can use their magical energy for defense. Players can move around the playfield, occupying one of five spots.

Game Play

Targeting is achieved through a trackball; move the cursor to the opponent you wish to attack or to an area on the playfield where you would like to make a creature appear. The longer you hold the summon button, the more powerful the resulting creature will be, so there's a trade-off in speed for power.

The gameplay can be particulary difficult. In addition to becoming skilled with a trackball, there are lots of buttons to press as you try to create creatures to fight for you. Shifting your strategy on the fly is often necessary. You may want to create big creatures, but if your opponent is swarming you with tons of little enemies, you will have to go on the defensive.

This is an unusual game in many respects -- a mix between a strategy game and a fighting game.

Magic The Gathering: Armageddon KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Acclaim's Mountain View, California-based coin-op division went out of business shortly after creating this game. It never went into full production, which is a shame, since the title had both an innovative, complex gameplay and a hot license going for it. Only a handful of units shipped (one was spotted in the Tomorrowland arcade at Walt Disney World in 1998; another showed up at Namco's WonderPark in San Jose, CA the same year), but few people even know this game exists. Multiple previews of the game appeared in GamePro magazine, as well as other enthustiast publications.

This was Acclaim's third coin-op, joining its previous titles of NBA Jam Extreme and Batman Forever. The game was not released for any home systems, and has no relation to Acclaim's "Magic The Gathering" titles for the Sony PlayStation.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Magic The Gathering: Armageddon Census

There are 14,755 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,475 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,460 machines (6,896 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 4 known instances of this machine owned by Magic The Gathering: Armageddon collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Magic The Gathering: Armageddon machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Magic The Gathering: Armageddon.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Acclaim's arcade chipset is called Epidemic. The 3-D polygonal graphics are powered by a dual-processor Obsidian 3Dfx board.

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