Friday, July 21, 2017

Mystical


Being the Grand Wizard's novice magician, we are eager to learn the ropes but quick to make silly mistakes, like losing his precious scrolls and phials! Now we must travel parallel worlds and retrieve as many as possible, so have your trusty magic wand at the ready because this is going to be a unique adventure you're unlikely to forget battling against all sorts of whacky characters: Buzzards, Sheppards, faithless Monks, reptiles, sea creatures, farmers, little girls, Vikings, walking trees, funny faces, and so much more. Most throw something whilst all will chase you!

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

The big man has granted permission to use his magic with the ability to cast the spells that provide a variety of unique ways to dispose of our foe. The ring of fire scorches anyone who dares to get too close whereas the blue ring deflects enemy fire. Another will open up the ground and swallow our victims and cages will trap those nearby. Possibly the best of all is shouting "Boo" to shoo off anyone nasty! Each spell activates straight away but, if you are quick, slap that Spacebar to stockpile it for later and use in combination with the Return key, quite a cumbersome design but it works. The level ends when you reach the pentagram and must do battle with an end-of-level boss, the first throws little babies at you! Once defeated, the Wizard's sphere appears and whisks you off to the next level.

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

The visuals are gorgeous with smooth scrolling across detailed landscapes using a 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. Audio is a mixed bag with each sound effect made from individual samples to suit their visual counterparts when casting spells. I adore the "Bla Bla Bla", this reminds me of the speech in Donkey Island. Sadly, the title music isn't as 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!

As much as it may try to hide behind its storyline, this is a generic shoot 'em up albeit with lots of cool power-ups and humour. It's obvious a lot of time and effort has gone into Mystical's production because it oozes so much fun and artistic quality. Sadly, it can be a little repetitive and it also has end-of-level bosses which are so frustrating, to say the least!! However, I have really enjoyed playing and I'm sure most gamers will enjoy its unique personality.

Pick up your magic wand and help out our poor magician using either a floppy or your hard disk.

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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