Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 (a.k.a. Magic 2012 or DotP 2012) is a video game based on the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. The game adapts the rules of the collective card game, wherein each player holds a deck of cards comprising of spells and lands. Spell cards are the primary “armor” of the player in combating against other players while the land cards are used to produce “mana”. “Mana” is the primary resource needed to perform a spell. It comes in five different colors. Some of the spells require a specific color while other spells do not. Players take turn casting spells, playing land cards and attacking the enemy. The goal is to reduce all the opponents’ life to zero.
The game features three different campaigns – Challenge, Initial and Archenemy mode. All campaigns feature eleven missions each. In the Archenemy mode, players can team up with other players to defeat a boss enemy. The “puzzle” feature is also present in this game. These puzzles are integrated in the campaigns as side missions that can be unlocked. The game can also be played in multiplayer mode. An expansion pack has also been released entitled, “Ascend into Darkness”. This expansion offers three additional decks, an Archenemy Challenge Content and an Archenemy Single-Player Mode.