(Sung to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song:)
Who makes games of quality that sweep the in-dus-try?
C-A-P-C-O-M and Disney, natural-ly!
Prick up your ears, Mouseketeers, The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse is ready to work its magic on your SNES. The story begins with Pluto, Mickey, Goofy, and Donald playing catch at a cliff- side park. A little less than coordinated, Goofy overthrows the ball, and Pluto chases it right off the cliff! He falls into a land of magic and mystery. As his master, Mickey Mouse, you must search this enchanted land for your faithful dog Pluto.
Making Walt Proud
The Magical Quest does for video game graphics what Walt Disney did for animated films. The pix are some of the finest we've ever seen, utilizing the seemingly limitless SNES color palette to create vibrant foreground characters and subtly elegant backgrounds that make other games look like Mickey's ancient black and white debut cartoon, Steamboat Willie. The animation is smooth and playful, showing detailed expressions on the faces of Mickey and the bad guys. Because of this attention to detail, you really get a feel for the personalities of the characters.
The Wonder of Disney's World
The animated Disney classics have always been a big hit with kids. But, let's face it, adults love 'em too. This broad appeal also applies to Magical Quest. At its easiest Difficulty level, inexperienced gamers can explore the vast levels. With the Difficulty set to Hard, even the most seasoned gamer will find completing levels a challenge.
In this action/adventure game, Mickey's a mouse under control. He can perform the usual Mario-type moves like running, jumping, and ducking. His more unique moves include an action button that grabs objects and spins them to take out an enemy with a twist. The most unusual option in this game is Mickey's ability to change his costume. As you progress through the game, you'll acquire a Wizard's robes, a Fireman's uniform, and a Mountaineer's gear. Each outfit imbues Mickey with special powers, which are the key to mastering levels and defeating level bosses.
- On Level 1-1, after you meet the kind wizard, go outside and jump from the windowsill onto the Gold Magical Block. Then, continue jumping from block to block until you're on the roof. There you can uncover a hidden doorway to a heavenly bonus room.
- When obstacles in your path are too hot to handle, don your Fireman's uniform and use your fire hose to create a safe path by moving blocks around.
Choose a Path
A game does not survive on beauty alone; it must have depth to keep gamers interested. If it's depth you want, The Magical Quest game is a bottomless pit! By far, the coolest part of the game is its seemingly unlimited area of exploration. The five stages, with at least three levels in each stage, make this instant classic a quest of epic proportions.
However, if you wish to quickly speed through each level and receive a time bonus, you can. But, for the more adventurous, there's the opportunity to uncover secret passages to bonus rooms and General Stores, where you can purchase special items.
- To defeat the first boss, stand in the middle of the screen and wait for him to swoop down. Just before he reaches the lowest point in his circular path, jump in place and you'll bonk him on the head.
- To defeat the bird boss at the end of Level 3, you've gotta be ready to change faster than a runway model. First, wear your Mountaineer's costume and use your grappling hook to hang on to one of the two floating knobs. While you're hanging out, use the L or R button to highlight the Wizard's costume. As soon as the bird makes his flying pass, swing down to the nest and press A to change into the Wizard's costume. Then, use L or R to highlight the Mountaineer's costume, and after you've zapped the bird with magic, press A to change and quickly grapple one of the knobs. Repeat this process until the goose is cooked.
This mouse game has a lot going for it, but one area that could stand some improvement is the sound. Perhaps it was a memory trade-off for the cool graphics, but the repetitive soundtrack and predictable sound effects are a little cheesy. They aren't so goofy that you'll want to turn the sound off, but they just aren't up to par with the rest of the game's attributes.
To make the magic flying carpet unroll, use your Wizard's costume and zap the rug.
Why? Because We Like it
With the help of Disney, Capcorn has created an irresistible game. The graphics and animation are outstanding. There's enough playability and depth to keep gamers of all skill levels entertained. After defeating the final boss in this game, there's only one thing to say, "I'm going to Disneyland!"