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  Magical Drop III - ©Data East 1997





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Game Stats
Other:
Players:
1 or 2 player

Type:
Puzzle Game

Size:
174 Megs
Japanese Name:

Magical Drop 3

Released On:

Home/MVS


Reviewed By:
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Introduction:

I loved Magical Drop 2 and this is a good improvement over it, which means that this is a very good puzzle game. For those who don't know what this game is about, read my review of Magical Drop 2 (link below). There are quite a few new options and improvements in this game.


Graphics & Sound:

The first thing that becomes apparent is that the graphics and overall presentation are way better than they were before (although they were decent to begin with). The game kicks off with a nice intro and once you get into the actual game itself you will see that all the artwork has been redone and it looks even cooler than in Magical Drop 2. The sound has been improved quite a lot too. The sound effects are almost the same as before, but there are lots of different pieces of music in the game and most of them are quite good. I think that they suit the game well, and although they are a little cutesy, they aren't overly cute like in other similar games.


Gameplay:

The game itself has improved too. There are now 16 characters that you can choose from (including hidden characters) and there are also three game play options instead of two. There is still a Puzzle mode, which is where you just have to keep bursting bubbles for as long as you can without them reaching the bottom of the screen and you still get VS CPU mode where you have to fight all the other characters to complete the game. However, there is also another new option called “Adventure Mode” which is kind of like a board game. In this you have to collect certain bubbles, which have a flame inside them. The more of them that you collect, the further you can move across the board. You only have a limited time to do it and you have to collect at least a couple of them on each stage or else its game over! To make things harder, these flame bubbles fade after a few seconds and turn into normal bubbles if you don't pick them up quickly. Speed is the key here!

Each square on the board can be different too. On some squares you may have to fight another one of the characters to pass on to the next and sometimes you can collect power ups that let you move forward a couple of spaces.


Overall:

If you liked Magical Drop 2 or if you like puzzle games at all, then you should enjoy this game a lot. It is more addictive than the first game because you have the new Adventure mode to keep you occupied and the CPU is also just as challenging to beat as it was in Magical Drop 2 when you get a little way into the game. The two player mode is where it's REALLY at though, and this is one of my most played games in vs mode of all time!

Put simply, MD3 is even more highly recommended to puzzle fans than the first game!


Graphics: 8.5/10
Sound: 8/10
Game play: 9/10
Replay Value: 9/10

Overall Rating: 9/10



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Review by Dan Elektro

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Magical Drop II
The prequel. Magical Drop 3 is superior but it's still worth a try as it's a great game.


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