Magic: The Gathering – Battlegrounds is a real-time strategy game developed by Secret Level and published by Atari. It is a video game adaptation of the card game called Magic: The Gathering. Players of this game create various heroes and mages that call forth powerful creatures, fearsome monsters, enchantments, and spells to defeat the opponent in a duel. New magical spells are discovered by duelists and they also unlock new spell books as they advance in the game. Every spell falls under one of five color categories, which come with their own strengths and weaknesses. A duelist starts off with 20 life and s/he must strive to reduce the opponent’s life to zero. Since duelists can bring their spell books to combat, they can modify certain aspects of it in the editor mode. During an actual duel, players can view the status of their life and mana at the top of the screen.
To gain mana, duelists must collect crystal pieces that can be found all over the battlefield at timed increments. Mana crystals regenerate quicker when the mana bar is filled up with as much mana as possible. Duelists can also gather mana by destroying creatures, but they must do it ahead of the opposing duelist.