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      18.04.2009 23:05
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      "Magical Drop" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2000 by Classified Games. It is based on the earlier NeoGeo Pocket title of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Magical Drop is often described as a clone of Taito's popular "Bust a Move" puzzle title. The two games play very similarly but Magical Drop offers a unique take on the puzzle. In each round, the player will be presented with numerous coloured spheres which occupy the top of the screen. The player must retrieve these objects in a sort of vacuum effect and re-release them in to play to create combinations of three or more. For example, a player must first retrieve a green sphere and then move and place it near a section of other green spheres to create a series. The gameplay is very fast and the player will continually be presented with new coloured items to play with at regular intervals. The objective of the game is to remove all items from play through matching. For head to head play, the game offers a second player option through use of an optional game link cable.

      The graphics of this title are average to what one might expect from a puzzle title. There is little attention given to actual detail as the crux of the game depends on in-game performance and doesn't require fanciful colouring. That's not to say such colouring isn't present, it is but is not nearly as luminous as it could have been. The soundtrack is also of a comparable standard featuring sounds and effects which do not interfere with gameplay but accent it.

      Magical Drop is a good puzzle game overall and offers some extended play to the user. The majority of its appeal could more likely be seen by use of the second player option, though I would recommend this game to prospective buyers as a single player title nonetheless.

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