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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.