Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Magical Guy is a school boy with an attitude, and now he's wreaking havoc in every school yard in town! The game is the standard horizontally scrolling shoot'em-up, with the emphasis on being sickeningly cute.
The little wizard begins with a single, magic beam with which to destroy the enemy. Instead of gaining the usual power-ups from shooting the baddies, a small girl flaps along and, if kissed, offers a selection of weapons to choose from. These range from a single-use smart bomb to homing bullets.
The basic gist of the game is, if it moves - shoot it. Fire extinguishers jump up and down,t giving you a hosing if you step too near, paper aeroplanes float around the corridors and giant pianos dance about, lobbing threatening, musical notes In your direction!
At the end of each lengthy level, you will have to defeat a guardian, each one taking on a different attack pattern and requiring more and more hits to destroy it than the last. The game is fairly playable, but has nothing new to offer in terms of big aliens or massive power-ups, which is a shame.
Magical Guy is extremely cute and visually OK, but as we all know, great graphics don't make a game - it's the playability that counts. The difficulty set just right and there are numerous opponents to keep you busy. However, Magical Guy lacks that certain addictive quality to keep you hooked.
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