MAGICAL CHASE
マジカルチェイス

MAKER: PALSOFT / QUEST
RELEASE DATE: 15 NOVEMBER 1991 / 1993
STYLE: HORIZONTAL SHOOT 'EM UP
FORMAT: HUCARD
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Overview
Cute witch-on-a-broomstick shoot 'em up. It was released twice in Japan (the latter with a newer style box is called the 'Fan Edition' as it was released with PC Engine Fan magazine). The US version features some significant graphical changes.

You say...
Magical Chase.  In TurboGrafx format, it's regarded as the holy grail of that system.  The Japanese version also rose to be quite pricey about a decade ago, presumably from people who wanted to lie to themselves that they technically had a complete US collection, or just a fear that the train was leaving the station.  What we have is subject to debate.  Some claim it's one of the best games on the system, some claim that it's overpriced trash, but honestly, the truth is somewhere in the middle.  It's clearly not a game that you'd drop £300 on a whim, you could buy far superior games for that money.  But if you just wanted to play it on your everdrive?  Well it's a really good game. The plot involves a witch who needs to send demons back to the book she accidentally released them from. It's largely unimportant (this is a shooter after all), but it's a nice change from the usual "aliens are attacking/save humanity" plot you usually see.  The first thing you'll notice, is that the game is visually very impressive.  Bright, bold colours, detailed backgrounds, and multi layer scrolling.  But how does it play?

The game controls very well, and it has a fairly unique option control system that's key to mastering the game.  The two stars that trail you can be maneuvered very precisely to shoot in different directions, and can lock in place.  This has the unfortunate side effect of making the last boss very easy, but I think that's kind of a nice payoff.  The enemies you kill drop gems that you can use in a shop to upgrade your firepower - another touch I love, and the last thing to note is that you have a generous health meter that can be topped up via power ups.
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Images
Front Cover (Fan Edition)Back Cover (Fan Edition)HuCARD Front (Fan Edition)HuCARD Back (Fan Edition)

 

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