Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Magic Pockets

I thought it was time for more cool BoxArt from my own collection. Well, I finally re/bought Magic Pockets by the awesome Bitmap Bros. These guys sure knew how to program our Atari ST and never once settled for a lame Amiga port. The cover art is quite simple, especially when compared to other games I've already featured. Anyhow, I'm proud to own what is nothing less than another belting piece of hiSTory from the Bitmaps!!

The Bitmap Kid (BK to his burger friends) has been given a brand new pair of magical trousers from an old man he met in the park one evening. No, not really lol!! Anyhow, he loves these trousers but then finds out that his toys have somehow disappeared into a fantasy world: PocketLand. Of course, this cool Kid is determined to get his toys back so enters via a black hole he conjured!! Boy, if there was ever a whackier storyline...

Magic Pockets has some freak-cool sprites! Amazing artwork.

There are lots of crazy monsters to kill but... hang on... what's that TV doing there?

PocketLand is split over four enormous levels and BK is armed with different powers depending on the world he's currently in. There are so many awesome enemies, bonuses, and he even has extra abilities like the whirlwind to jump higher. Sometimes the route through can feel like a wild goose chase, but often you're lead onto secret areas which contain lots of goodies. I admire their overall design because most levels never feel linear.

Visually, this has a Godly design with lovely colours, but the sprites are something else. So many incredibly cute critters all of which are nicely animated. Sound effects are fantastic but I would still have loved the option for a background tune. The title music is by Betty Boo of course... I'm meh but I guess it's nice.

The first level nicely introduces various aspects of the game with its trippy mechanics.

Hey, I've found a bike!! Wee, come on there are not many games like this.

So far, I've played the first couple of levels from Caves and it's like Christmas Day here. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this platformer and hoping I'll enjoy it just as much as I did back in the day. This might be a preview but, like anything from the Bitmap Brothers, Magic Pockets is top-notch and highly recommended. Wish me luck...

This funky game can be downloaded for floppy and hard disk.


  1. This was one of my fav. games growing up! It was amazing!

  2. Love that game! Got off level 2 once!!!

  3. Love that game! Got off level 2 once!!!

  4. Will be released soon for Sega Mega Drive and Dreamcast!!