More like Magical Plop
There are thousands, if not millions, of games out there, begging to be played but last summer there was only one that mattered to me: Magical Drop 3.
Whether I was practicing at home or showing off at my local arcade, Magical Drop became my obsession. Like Bust-a-Move, Magical Drop is a timeless puzzle series that perfectly displays that throwing balls at other colored balls is all it takes to make a good game, sometimes. It all comes down to how the game feels: The swift character movement, the sounds of clearing a row of icons, and the sight of crushing an enemy with a combo.
Bruce comes from Ghostlop, an unreleased-yet-finished Data East game that shares a similar mechanic of clearing out balls. Instead of sucking and throwing balls, Bruce throws a baseball that he can change from red-to-blue, correlating with the round ghost balls above. It’s a completely different game, but you can play Ghostlop anywhere in Magical Drop V. This feels like an odd compromise. While it’s cool that Golgoth added Bruce to the roster, it would have been a lot cooler if they included Ghostlop’s Story Mode. Admittedly, I’m not very good at Ghostlop, but I can’t see many people winning matches as Bruce. It just feels odd to have him in there at all. It’d be easy to ignore if this were some kind of bonus, but it’s part of the main game. It’s also not explained at all, so I imagine some new players will be confused when they play as Bruce for the first time.
The rest of Magical Drop V is far less ambitious. Gone are the puzzle and adventure modes of previous entries, leaving only a very dull story mode that is basically pointless dialog exchanges that leads to a forgettable character specific ending. This is how it’s always been, but the visuals and sound of Magical Drop V lack the charm of the original. The drawn artwork looks far too clean and lacks personality. I couldn’t stand to look at any of the characters. I’ve never been a fan of the series' roster, all named after Tarot cards, but something about Magical Drop V’s visuals turned me off more than before.
THE VERDICT - Magical Drop V
Reviewed by Allistair Pinsof
|3:06 PM on 06.08.2011|
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