Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World

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Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World Description

After the events of Might and Magic 1, the adventurers who helped Corak defeat Sheltem on VARN take the "Gates to Another World" located in VARN to the land of CRON (Central Research Observational Nacelle). The land of CRON is facing many problems brought on by the encroachment of Sheltem and once again the adventurers must travel through CRON, the four elemental planes and even through time to help Corak stop Sheltem from flinging CRON into its sun.

While in many ways Might and Magic 2 is an updated version of the original, the improved graphics help greatly with navigation, and the interface added several functions that facilitated gameplay, such as a "delay" selector which allowed for faster or slower response times, and a spinning cursor when input was required- all features lacking in Might and Magic 1.

As with Might and Magic 1, the player used up to six player-generated characters at a time, and a total of twenty-six characters could be created, who thereafter stayed at the various inns across CRON. To continue game continuity it was possible to "import" the characters developed from the first game. Additionally, Might and Magic 2 became the first game in the series to utilize hirelings, predefined characters which could extend the party to eight active characters. Hirelings were controlled like regular characters but required payment each day; pay increased with level.

To the old classes of Knight, Paladin, Archer, Cleric, Sorcerer and Robber; Barbarian and Ninja classes were added.
The available spells increased.
Class "upgrade" quests were introduced.
The number of mini-quests was more than doubled.
Characters now could also acquire two secondary skills such as mountaineering (travel through mountains) and linguist (bonus to intelligence), among others.

Perhaps the most peculiar development in this game was the numeric scope. Character levels could reach 255 ((28)-1), at which point they could train without limit, provided they had enough gold. Hit points could be extended as high as 65535 ((216)-1) and magic points up to 9999. To nearly any item, a "+" bonus could be added via an enchantment. This "+" bonus increased the weapon's damage or attribute bonus, as in Dungeons & Dragons, but unlike D&D the ceiling on "+" bonuses was 63.

Might and Magic 2 pitted the player's party against any one of 255 monsters varying from 5 hit points to 64000. Battles could consist of up to 255 opponents.

While Might and Magic 2 remained a battle-focused game, there were many puzzles to be solved, and curiosities to be discovered. There is a cave with a sex-change device, for instance, and scattered about the land are the seemingly nonsensical colored messages (as in the first game). Most of the quests in the game require the player to solve puzzles than look for the next hack and slash battle.

Time travel was added, though its ramifications were practically nil with the exception of being necessary to fight the final boss. The taverns feature humorous culinary selections and there are various absurdities strewn about, such as the ability to get drunk off of too much ale, which would result in reduced abilities of the character. Stats can be increased at the annual circus, which requires a collection of kewpie dolls to play the games

Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World - additional information

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Also known as
"魔法門 II" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
"Might and Magic: Gates to Another World" -- Genesis title
"Might and Magic Book Two: Gates to Another World!" -- PC-88/98 in-game title
"Might and Magic Book Two: Gates to Another World" -- Full in-game title
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Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World   - Cover Art DOS