Friday, July 21, 2017

Mystical



The French with their unique style of humour?

Infogrames has done it again and released what I think is something rather quirky and special. In Mystical, we get to play with magic and spells to battle against the strangest creatures. We are a novice magician for the Grand Wizard and are eager to learn the ropes but quick to make silly mistakes! Like losing the precious scrolls and phials so now we must travel parallel worlds to retrieve them. Get ready for the oddest journey ever...

We'll be battling against all sorts of whacky characters: Buzzards, Sheppards, faithless Monks, reptiles, sea creatures, farmers, little girls, Vikings, walking trees, funny faces, and most throw something or will chase you. Sounds mad, right? It certainly is and I'm sure everyone will love its silliness.

I must say that the palettes used are pastel perfect and with lovely artistic tones too.


Magically weird!

The big man has granted permission to use his magic which means the ability to cast the spells that provide a variety of unique ways to dispose of our foe. For example, the ring of fire scorches anyone who dares to get too close whereas the blue ring deflects enemy attacks. Another will open up the ground and swallow our victims whilst we can summon cages to trap those nearby. Possibly the best of all is shouting "Boo" to shoo off anything nasty!

Each spell activates immediately but, if you are quick, slap that Spacebar to stockpile it for later to use in combination with the Return key. Yes, it's quite a cumbersome design but it works well for those moments you're struggling. Each level ends when you reach the pentagram and must do battle with an end-of-level boss - the first throw babies at you! Once defeated, a very large sphere appears and whisks you off to the next level.

Yes, I'm sure you're thinking this is weird? And you're right, it is!! But it's brilliantly weird!!

Collect the funky power-ups and use all magic spells to the best of your ability!


Aesthetics!

The visuals are gorgeous with smooth scrolling across detailed landscapes using a very impressive and pleasing palette, I might add. However, it's the tremendous quality of all the characters which steal the limelight, never have I seen such beautiful sprites and their humour and animation are always so fantastic.

I must take off my hat and commend Olivier Roge and Jocelyn Valais for such amazing work. Take a look at these screenshots and tell me you're not impressed by the gorgeous sprites and even the artwork as a whole? Possibly one of the best examples of 16-bit pixel art I've seen in any game.

Sadly, the audio is a mixed bag. The sound effects are ace using samples for each character and other things like the spells. It's great and I adore the "Bla Bla Bla", which reminded me of the speech in Donkey Island. However, the title music is not good and I cannot see the point of low-quality sampled music over the option of a crisp chiptune...


Hey, what's that? I've got a doppelganger to help me out so let's cage the beasts!


The CryptO'pinion?

As much as it might try to hide behind the storyline, Mystical is a generic shoot 'em up albeit with cool power-ups and silly humour. It's obvious a lot of time and effort has gone into the production as it oozes so much lush artistic quality. Sadly, it can be repetitive and the end-of-level bosses are very frustrating, to say the least!!

Overall, I have enjoyed playing Mystical and I'm sure most gamers will love its unique style & personality.


Grab a magic wand and help out our magician?
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2 comments:

  1. I had this when the St was just about finished. Wouldn't run on my TV, kept flickering as if in the wrong resolution .

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  2. Yes, it appears u may have had this at 60hz.?

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