Thursday, August 18, 2016

Magic Boy

Empire released Magic Boy late in 1993 and is one of the cutest platformers there is. Personally, it reminds me a little of Rainbow Islands in both its quality and a ravishingly cute style. We are little Hewlett, a young boy with a magic wand who accidentally turned all the animals into freakishly cute monsters. Seems plausible to me...

How do these things keep happening? Not to worry, it's our task to restore everything back to normal, so that means venturing forth through many beautiful worlds to tag and bag all of the nasties. Sounds boring, you say?

Magic Boy isn't one of those games that looks beautiful yet plays dreadful. No, sir!!

There are four huge worlds to explore (Sand Land, Wet World, Plastic Place, Future Zone) and each offer eight levels. Things begin relatively easy before introducing lots of cunning tricks and traps that certainly keeps things interesting - and the player on their toes. The mild learning curve is nothing as this is such an easy game to pick up and play, so you're instantly leaping your way through in no time. Make sure you collect all the power-ups which will aid your progress. Just watch out for anything that looks oddly cute - but nasty - and shoot it. Then bag it.

This is literally one of the most stunning 16-Bit games I have ever played. Such gorgeous bright, radiant visuals and so many comical characters and with ultra-smooth vertical scrolling. Sound effects are brilliant and best experienced using an Atari STe. Accompanying music is so perfect with a fun-themed high-quality tune that remains in your head all day. Yes, Magic Boy is most definitely one of the sexiest Atari ST games I have ever played. Stunning.

Future Zone has some incredible levels to hop through as does the quirky Plastic Place.

It's not often I say this, but Magic Boy is perfection. Yup, it's perfect and has been a genuine pleasure to play because it's so much fun plus it's a joy to feature something that proves just what the Atari ST is capable of when in the hands of talented people. Personally, I cannot find any faults with this fascinating platformer which plays as good as it looks and sounds. So stop what you're doing and load it up right now. 10/10 and possibly the best 16-bit platformer!
Grab yourself either the floppy disk or a nifty new version to install onto a hard drive/Ultrasatan thanks to Peter over on 8BitChip. For those who wanna flick through directly to the later levels then you will enjoy these codes. Firstly, on the menu screen, press and hold down the desired keys before pressing fire to begin:

     -> Sand Land......(part 1)  =  S + 1

     -> Sand Land......(part 2)  =  S + 2
     -> Future Zone....(part 1)  =  F + 1
     -> Future Zone....(part 2)  =  F + 2
     -> Plastic Place..(part 1)  =  P + 1
     -> Plastic Place..(part 2)  =  P + 2
     -> Wet World......(part 1)  =  W + 1
     -> Wet World......(part 2)  =  W + 2


  1. I completed magic boy in a single run. I could maybe try a longplay of it at sometime.

    1. Honestly, you must be a gaming God! Or you cheated? :D I'd need to cheat!