|Release||EU: January 4, 2003 |
NA: September 18, 2004
Charmed is a platform video game based on the fourth season of the television series of the same name. The game was developed by DC Studios in Glasgow, and released in January 2003 in Europe, and September 2004 in North America by In-Fusio for mobile phones.
The Source of All Evil, the ruler of the Underworld, has managed to kidnap two of the Charmed Ones and imprisoned them in his treacherous tower with many traps and dangers, and guarded by a host of demons. The third Halliwell must use her unique powers to save her two sisters by fighting the demons and eventually rescuing the remaining Charmed Ones from the Source's grasp.
Tie-in with TV series
The game is a spin-off of the popular fantasy drama Charmed. The game is set in the first half of the series' fourth season, featuring the three main characters from the season, with Paige Matthews as an active Charmed One, as opposed to Prudence Halliwell who was killed at the end of the third season. Also featured is the first on-screen incarnation of The Source, the principle villain of the series' third and fourth seasons (and referenced to in the first two seasons). As such, the game's storyline occurs before the Source was vanquished midway through the fourth season in episode "Charmed and Dangerous". Leo Wyatt, the protagonists' whitelighter, also appears on the game splashscreen.
Charmed is an action platform game with side scrolling where the goal is to climb at the top of each level vanquishing demons, using special powers and bonuses placed along the path. The games places the player in control of one of three main characters: (Piper Halliwell, Phoebe Halliwell or Paige Matthews). The player must defeat a variety of enemies using the chosen character's unique powers, using a combination of fast reactions and strategic thinking to get to the top of the tower and rescue the Charmed Ones. The time is limited to increase the stress of the player. The player must jump from platforms to platforms to reach the final door of each level. There are three parts of the tower, each with 10 levels, resulting in a global gameplay of 30 levels with a dozen of monster types.