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July 8, 2017 / Jett

Magical Drop II Review

While we continue to anxiously await for Nintendo to reveal their full plans for the Virtual Console on the Nintendo Switch, Neo Geo continues to release their extended catalogue on the eShop. One such game is Magical Drop II. This puzzle game from the 90s is akin to a mash-up of Bust-a-Move and Puyo Puyo. In a world where Puyo Puyo Tetris is available, is there merit in grabbing this retro puzzler?

In Magical Drop II, gems of different colours push downward from the top of the board. Your character at the bottom of the screen will pick up gems of the same colour and drop them on other parts of the board. Create a vertical line of three or more gems and all of the gems matching that colour that are connected vertically or horizontally will disappear. If the gems cross the floor, it’s game over.

The core gameplay is really fun. It’s very easy to pick up and once you get a hang of clearing gems, you can get creative by building Rube Goldberg structures that will combo into oblivion. There are also power-ups on the board that will knock out additional gems if you’re able to clear them from the board.

While its price for entry is low, so too is the feature set. There are only two modes in the game. One is a single player endless mode, where you try and earn the high score. The other is two-player versus against another human or AI opponent. Playing through all of the game’s content alone can be done in a matter of minutes.

Magical Drop II is a fun puzzle game that you may have missed from the past. The gameplay is as good as it’s ever been. However, its limited feature set may cause the game it to wear out its welcome very quickly, particularly if you don’t have regular access to a local human opponent. Relative to buying credits at the arcade, buying this game outright is a much better value. For those looking for a more robust experience, Puyo Puyo Tetris better fits the bill.







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