MYSTIC FORMULA (MICROCABIN)

SUPER CD-ROM 2 (JAPANESE VERSION)

Known for achieve a near perfect balance between RPG and action on its games, Microcabin decided to release a 100% action game as its first PC-ENGINE CD production. From this decision came Mystic Formula.

Taking Microcabin MSX's games as a reference point, it was supposed that Mystic Formula would, at least, kicks ass. Just like in other Microcabin games, the musics are great and the animated cinemas are simply astounding, with tons of comedy and full of details. The characters are truly eyepopping, and the spoken dialogs fits like a glove on each one. It's just a shame that the game itself doesn't keep the high level.

 

Mystic Formula starts well, a stage full of robots, bunches of telecharged bats and spitting-fire towers. The graphics are nothing uncommon, but still well done and catching. From the second stage on, the graphic quality decreases a lot, for there are no changes at all throughout the stages...there's a strange feeling that only 3 or 4 bitmap blocks repeat themselves over and over. The characters control is nice, but the game dynamic is TOO DAMN linear and robotic, far from great vertical shooters such as Final Soldier or Spriggan. Musics and anime sequences are the only attractives on Mystic Formula.

I must confess that Mystic Formula was one of the games I most wanted, because I played all the awesome games created by Microcabin on MSX2, a neat computer with lower specs than PC-ENGINE. I won't say I'm regret to have acquired it, I have even played it till the end (it worths the effort!), but the sad point is that the game could have been MUCH better if Microcabin staff have put on Mystic Formula the half they've made on Fray, its second CD-game...for the latter, hats-off!

          

Depending on point of view, Mystic Formula can be a valid acquisition (musics and animes) or not (interest and playability). 

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

68%

Playablility

72%

Musics and Sound Effects

90%

Interest

61%

OVERALL

73%

 

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