Magellan 1: Race into the Great Unknown

Player Rating5.55/8

"#143 overall, #9 for 2016"
based on 106 ratings since 02/23/2016
played 1,136 times (finished 136)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a SnickersĀ®"

Maturity Level2/8

"choking hazard for children under 4"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 6. To compare to the movie rating system, this would be G.

For hundreds of years your people have lived on The Three Islands completely surrounded by a vast impenetrable reef. Scientific advances and large amounts of gunpowder has finally allowed your people to breach this reef in two places, making accessible for the first time a vast unexplored world beyond your country's borders. The ten greatest sea captains of The Three Islands have been summoned by the King to take part in a great race: to be the first to sail around an unexplored world!
You are one of these Captains and an exciting adventure into the unknown awaits you!

Author's Note: My first foray into Fantasy for teenage readers! Inspired by the incredible first voyage around the world by Ferdinand Magellan if this story isn't universally detested it will be the first of a five-part series of adventures! I hope you enjoy it and as always, thank you for taking the time to read the semi-literate scribbles I like to call my writing :)

Player Comments

I enjoyed it, and it was a fun game.

It definitely felt more like a game than a story. My personal bias favors more of a story feel, but the map-able in-game-universe was a cool feature, even more so if you've incorporated it into the sequels.

Something like a subplot that focuses on your interactions, relationships, dynamics, etc. with your crew would be a nice addition for a storygame like this. Anything to make me care about them. Because from this framework, they're just a number that I can't let hit zero. Unless I'm mistaken, it makes no difference if I arrive with 30 happy crewmen or just me and one Mr. No Name that went through living hell.

I was a little confused about how I circumnavigated the globe on a north/south route without ever sailing south, though. I'll just picture it as a flat world that teleports you to the bottom of the map once you hit a certain point.

Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience.
-- Bucky on 5/18/2016 10:04:23 PM with a score of 2
Pretty good adventure with interesting stops along the way. Would journey Magellan again !
-- Nick on 7/1/2017 2:58:06 AM with a score of 2
-- tq on 4/30/2017 10:04:43 AM with a score of 2
Nice game!
-- Percival7 on 4/27/2017 3:50:01 AM with a score of 2
Really fun to play, and a interesting story.
-- Soldja Boi on 4/25/2017 1:17:33 PM with a score of 2
Nice storygame~
-- LOLiHAVEnoFACE on 4/25/2017 9:31:00 AM with a score of 2
-- Frostberg on 4/19/2017 9:29:01 AM with a score of 2
I could have sworn I'd already reviewed this one but apparently not! It popped up on the front page as needing more ratings, so here you go.

The first of the series and the most game-like of them, it's still a lot of fun approached as a game of time and resource management. Though the path to technically squeak by with a win isn't too difficult - I remember died a lot the first few times through while exploring and poking around at every plot hook, while apparently the winning solution (or at least the most obvious one) is just to rush full steam ahead like a crazy person without any regard for what your guys are going to eat until you're on the last biscuit.

Anyway, a very enjoyable game/story hybrid. The others were gradually expanded quite a bit, with more emphasis on story, but I still appreciate the strategy elements of this one.

-- mizal on 4/18/2017 10:58:33 PM with a score of 2
Well this was interesting; I have mixed feelings about it. The concept was good and so was most of the writing but the story and character interaction was bad. You do not interact with your sailors and I did not feel like a captain at all.
-- jcury on 2/23/2017 3:45:22 PM with a score of 2
I keep dying of hunger! It really annoys me, as I was always able to complete the journey before!
-- EndDragon on 2/10/2017 2:03:22 PM with a score of 0
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