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Magic Boy

Magic Boy
GenreArcade Platform
Developer / PublisherBlue Turtle / Empire Interactive
Released1993
Media1 x disk
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:6.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
Magic Boy is a platform video game developed by Blue Turtle and published for the Amiga, Atari ST and MS-DOS by Empire Interactive and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America and Europe by JVC.
 
Review
Magic BoyStory /Gameplay:
A little wizard, named Hewlett is trapped into the basement where the grand wizards' assortment of the magic creatures are kept and they all escape into the grounds surroundings the Sorcery School. As Hewlett you must scour the landscape and return all of the creatures to the basement.
The different worlds that you need to conquer are Sand Land, Wet World, Plastic Place and Future Zone, each of which becomes progressively more difficult as you proceed. Each level is divided to several stages, giving a total of 64 different sections!
To complete a level you must successfully stun all of the creatures, collect them in your bag and banish them to the basement. You have to do this quickly though, as each creature will only remain stunned for a few seconds before recovering its composure and starling off after you again! Most of the levels are upwardly scrolling affairs, and much of the time the vest tactic is to work your way from the bottom to the top, collecting the creatures as you go. In some later levels though, you have to plan your route more carefully, as certain platforms disappear making it impossible to reach certain areas. Fortunately, you can restart a level at any time without losing a life, which is a pretty innovative feature of the game.
Apart of the creatures which will instantly kill you, there are several another hazards such as ice platforms (cause you to slide around uncontrollably), sticky blocks (slows you down preventing you from jumping), toxic pools etc.
Magic boy is an ordinary platform game, offering a rather simple (but addictive) gameplay in a colorful and smoothly scrolled 2D world.

Graphically, Magic Boy is very sweet and sugary. The PC version support EGA, Tandy and VGA graphics hardware, but all screens offer up to 16 colors (even the VGA mode), in contrast to the Amiga and ST versions which offer way more colors! The differences are found mainly at the background coloring. Screen scrolling and animation are really rather nice here., backgrounds are well drawn, and all the monsters are imaginatively created in a cartoonish style.
Soundwise, the game is fine, offering a few cute (and rather irritating) tunes and SFX (via AdLib/Soundblaster hardware) but of low quality instruments and samples here.
 
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Comparable platforms



102 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS



63 colors
Atari ST



16 colors
PC MS-DOS
 
Hardware information

PC (ms-dos based)

PC (ms-dos based)CPU: Various processors from Intel,AMD, Cyrix, varying from 4.77Mhz (Intel 8088) to 200Mhz (Pentium MMX) and up to 1995 (available on this site)
MEMORY: 640Kb to 32MB RAM (typical up to 1996)
GRAPHICS: VGA standard palette has 256 colors and supports: 640x480 (16 colors or monochrome), 640x350 in 16 colors (EGA compatability mode), 320x200 (16 or 256 colors). Later models (SVGA) featured 18bit color palette (262,144-color) or 24bit (16Milion colors), various graphics chips supporting hardware acceleration mainly for 3D-based graphics routines.
SOUND: 8 to 16 bit sound cards: Ad-Lib featuring Yamaha YMF262 supporting FM synthesis and (OPL3) and 12-bit digital PCM stereo, Sound Blaster and compatibles supporting Dynamic Wavetable Synthesis, 16-bit CD-quality digital audio sampling, internal memory up to 4MB audio channels varying from 8 to 64! etc. Other notable sound hardware is the release of Gravis Ultrasound with outstanding features!
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The PC (ms-dos based) (default) color palette
CGA: 16-color palette (4 on-screen)
EGA: 64-color palette (16 on-screen)
VGA: 256-color palette (256 on-screen)
 
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