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  • Magical Chase (TurboGrafx-16)

    ‘Magical Chase’

    • GamePro, August 1993 (#49)

      • Scanned by Phillyman, via RetroMags

    Magical Chase is another one of those quirky, but in this case excellent, games released for the TurboGrafx-16. The game is basically a side-scrolling shooter but it is a bit unconventional in that you take the roll of a young witch in training riding a broomstick instead of the typical spaceship, jet fighter or other aircraft. You must catch the demons you accidentally released or your mentor will turn you into a frog.

    The game plays like a fairly typical horizontal shooter but the theme is unique and the graphics well done. If you like shooters you should love this game. The only problem is that this game was released in late 1993, very late in the life of the TurboGrafx-16 / Duo. It is one of the rarest and therefore most expensive games for that system. And while there is a slightly more common Japanese version of the game, there are some fairly significant differences. Many of the sprites and most of the first level were changed for the North American release. It’s a good game but I don’t know that it is good enough to warrant the premium price you would have to pay for an original copy.

    The TG-16 version of Magical Chase has not been re-released but there were a couple of other ports over the years. Apparently, there was a version released for Windows 95 in 1998 but I believe this was a Japan only release. There was also a pretty good port for the Game Boy Color in 2000 if you want to play it on a small screen but this was also a Japan only release. Cotton, an unrelated but similarly themed (and also relatively rare) game was released the same year as Magical Chase for the TurboGrafx-16. However, if you want to play the TurboGrafx-16 version of Magical Chase, you’ll probably want to do it via emulation unless you want to shell out the big bucks.

  • Tricky Kick (TurboGrafx-16)

    Tricky Kick – Developed by Alfa System in 1991 for TurboGrafx-16


    Tricky Kick is one of a seemingly long line of odd choices for games to release on the TurboGrafx-16. Don’t get me wrong, as puzzle games go it is a pretty decent game and puzzle fans should enjoy this one. It’s just that given the relatively small quantity of games released for this system in North America, I’m not sure that this one really did much to draw new people to the system.

    The game consists of six scenarios. However, regardless of scenario, the basic gameplay is the same. It’s just the theme and level layouts that differ. Your goal is to kick various creatures through a landscape littered with obstacles until you match up its pair. It is a single-player game but the amusement factor increases greatly with an audience. It is a great sort of party game even if it is only single-player.

    The game’s flaw isn’t being a bad game. It’s being an obscure title on a relatively obscure system with simplistic and odd artwork on the box. There were lots of these sort of titles on the TG-16. There are various reasons but the biggest reason was Nintendo’s draconian hold on its licensees. You weren’t likely to see the same game on the TG-16 as you would see on the NES or SNES or even games by the same company in many cases. Nintendo’s licensing rules were too strict for that. The TG-16 did much better in Japan though where it was a shooter fan’s dream.

    Puzzle fans should definitely give this one a try. You will have to track down an original copy (they are relatively inexpensive) or use emulation though as it has not had a re-release on any newer system.

  • Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu (TurboGrafx-16)

    Fruit medley from Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu, by NOW/Hudson.

    Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu was first released for the NES in 1990 but is probably better known for its 1991 TurboGrafx-16 release. As an NES game it was kind of lost in the shuffle of the large number of games on that system but it stood out more among the TurboGrafx-16’s fewer releases. Also, the graphics were greatly improved on that system.

    Jackie Chan wasn’t really a household name in North America until the release of Rush Hour in 1998 (looks like they are working on a Rush Hour 4 now!). Fans of the martial arts films he was known for may have been familiar with him but I don’t know how much the use of his name really helped sell this game. The large sprites used in this game were kind of unique and I think people tended to love it or hate it. Having said that, the game itself is surprisingly good.

    Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu is a fairly typical side-scrolling beat-em-up. The graphics were better than anything available on the NES at the time and the game play was pretty good too. Action was fairly simply with just one button for jumping and another for attack that could be combined for more complex moves. Special moves could also be collected through the course of the game.

    The story involves Jackie Chan’s sister being kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. As Jackie Chan, you must battle your way through his minions until finally battling the sorcerer himself and rescuing your (Jackie’s) sister. If you have a TurboGrafx-16, this is definitely a title that you may have overlooked and should pick up if you did. It came out for the NES also but it really shines on the TG-16. But holy crap it’s expensive on eBay! I seem to remember this being one of the more common games once upon a time…It might be best to stick with emulation for this one unless you are a serious collector and want to shell out the big bucks. I don’t think this one has had any official re-releases or any sequels.