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Magical Chase

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Released: 1991

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16

Publisher: Palsoft

Developer: Quest

Submitted by: Alley Kat

Magical Chase is one of the rarer Hucards availible for the PC Engine, with the US version, in particular, commanding high prices.

Very reminscent of Winds/Lords of Thunder, the player controls a cute Witch, Ripple, as she battles legions of cute, but aggressive, nasties.

In a similar fashion to Winds of Thunder, downed enemies drop gems of varying sizes and values. These are accumulated and spent in shops, which pop up midway through each level and prior to the end-of-level boss confrontations.

The various purchasable desirables include different types of firepower, health, speed-ups, satellites and various one-shot special weapons, sold to you by the grinning pumpkin-headed shopkeeper.

Magical Chase is a delightful little game. Although it could be fairly described as a cutsey take on Winds of Thunder, it has a huge amount of charm and personality.

The graphics are gorgeous, particularly for a Hucard, with some very impressive sprite effects and very imaginative design. The music too, is superb with some wonderfully catchy and well composed tunes.

A great game, its a shame the prices demanded for it are so high, as its not really worth the sometimes extortionate cost.