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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Magic Pockets



Fancy a game of pocket pool?

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


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


Short arms, deep pockets

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.

Joystick controls are spritely with responsive action and movement. I have always liked the mechanics because it feels less like a computer platformer and more like something a console would knock out. Neither is better than the other, it's just how Magic Pockets feels to me and I like it today as much as I did back in the 90s.


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


Aesthetics

Visually, this has a Godly appearance with lovely colours splashed throughout every level. The scrolling is fast and fluent and always manages to keep up the pace. However, it's the sprites that are something else; so many incredibly cute critters all of which are nicely animated too. Why can't all games look this beautiful?

The sound effects are fantastic but I would have preferred an option for a background tune. Famously, the title music is by Betty Boo but now, I'm kinda meh about that. I guess it's nice to have and the quality is pretty good...

Hey, I've found a bike? Weeee, come on, there aren't many games like this!!


The CryptO'pinion?

Well, I'm new (again) to Magic Pockets so haven't gotten very far. But, what a gem this platformer is and it's wonderful to play it once again and I feel it hasn't aged badly whatsoever. In fact, it's still just as much fun and as entertaining as it ever was. You could say that I'm feeling like a big kid on Christmas Day here!!

Magic Pockets is an outstanding platformer and very easy to get into. This article might be a preview but, anything from the Bitmap Brothers is top-notch. So I know I'll be enjoying this for many moons. Highly recommended.

Downloaded for floppy and hard disk.

7 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  5. Don't forget the betty boo sound track.

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