Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Magic Pockets (Atari ST)

There was always something about Rebegade's games that made them special.  (For those who don't know, Renegade was the label set up by the Bitmap Brothers to publish their games after they parted ways with ImageWorks.)  Magic Pockets was a platform game featuring a boy who could create whirlwinds to destroy or trap enemies... probably best not to ask why.

The typically shiny Renegade graphics, decent enough music and sound effects, always fun and often challenging gameplay made this one a winner.  Though platformers are not exactly my favourite genre, this one retained a charm and playability far beyond most others.  Your whirlwinds could be small to attack enemies or large to trap them, and there were power-ups aplenty.  I still remember Speedball 2 and Xenon 2 with more fondness, but I'll never forget those gusty games of Magic Pockets!