How to get Magic the Gathering (MTG) on your Android Mobile Phone or Tablet
A little history now-
Magic the Gathering (MTG) hit the playing fields in 1993 as the brainchild of Richard Garfield and the production of Wizards of the Coast game company run by Peter Adkison.
In 1996, Magic the Gathering set up the "Pro Tour" circuit, allowing players to "up their game" and compete for cash prizes.
In 2002, Magic the Gathering released an official online version of the game.
Today, you can play Magic the Gathering on gaming consoles like the Xbox 360 as well in a single or dual campaign mode, situational challenges, and online matchmaking.
Magic the Gathering has an increasing presence in the Android App Marketplace.
You can download life counters, deck constructors, price checkers, and multi-tools at the touch of a button.
If you are a MTG gamer and if you have an Android, you might want to try a few of these Android apps.
Let's explore a few and their QR Codes.
Magic the Gathering - The Game
The first app, of course, should be the game itself. It needs a fast phone to run on or you will be disapointed. It takes the experience many of us have been introduced to on Xbox and Playstation and converts it down to being used by a phone or tablet.
I would recommend for sure using it on a tablet as everything is so small on a phone. Its a start in the right direction, but it can use some improvements like running more smoothly, for example.
Download the app on Google Play - just search for Magic 2015.
Perhaps one of the more versatile Magic the Gathering tools on the Android Marketplace is "MTG Utilities".
As with most MTG apps, it is far from "perfect"- so add some input and donate if you're willing to make it a better tool.
- Turn Time counter
- Life Counters
- Export History to SD-card
- Editable Player names
- Deck Manager
- Play Statistics
- Card Lookup
- d20/coin flip
- EDH Mode
- Emperor Mode
MTGPhoto-FreeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Although certainly not useful for standard MTG play, MTGPhoto is a fun app for you are your family.
Your son or daughter can have their own magic card or perhaps your cat or dog.
Use your camera to take a photo of whatever you like and then customize all other card details.
It is still in early stages of development too with lots of reported bugs in most reviews, but nonetheless, if you play the game, your family may enjoy this lighthearted touch.
MTG Deck Forge-$2.50Click thumbnail to view full-size
MTG Deck Forge
This is a paid app, costing $2.50 USD.
You can see why this is a paid app just by looking at the screenshots and the demonstration video.
I cannot personally endorse this as I have not downloaded and tried it myself, but the community of players and users seem to hold this app above all others for the Android using MTG player.
This app has over 1,000 downloads and counting and has managed to maintain an over four star rating.
Features as listed on "Official Page":
- Add cards quickly and efficiently
- Included database of cards autocompletes after entering as few as 3 characters of a card's name
- Use preferences to set the format you're building for and only see those cards in the completion list
- Pick the default number of cards to be added
- Selecting 4 makes it easy to build constructed decks
- Selecting 1 makes for quick entry into your limited or EDH decks
- Gives card counts for the basic types (Lands/Creatures/Spells/Sideboard)
- Visual build information, in bargraph form with Color distribution & CMC curve
- Show sample hands: new hand, mulligan, draw cards
- Easily view card images and oracle rulings, without going to a browser - longpress the card name in the deck viewer
- Check prices
MTG Deck Forge Video Demonstration
Magic TG Tracker-Free
Magic TG Tracker
For the grand finale, the most downloaded Magic the Gathering app on the Android Marketplace, "Magic TG Tracker".
Magic TG Tracker has over 50,000 downloads and over 1300 user reviews/ratings.
- -Life/poison counter
- -2HG / EDH modes
- -Card search (in app)
- -Stats recording
- -Deck Manager
- -Tournament mode
- -Mana tracker
According to Magic TG Tracker's official blog, 2011 will see a freemium version (like it is now) and a full ad-free pay-for version
And as a final word.....
These are just a few examples of the near 30 apps you can find at this very moment on the Android Market having to do with MTG.
If you are a Magic the Gathering player, support the Android app development by downloading, installing, reporting bugs, rating, reviewing, and donating.
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