So we have a solid platformer here that is going to push your skills to their limit with tough bosses, and enemy filled levels. So what makes it different? What actually separates Mickey’s adventure from others is the ability to change into numerous costumes throughout the journey. At the press of a button you can become a magician, fire fighter, Robin Hood lookalike or just play as regular Mickey. The outfits aren’t simply just for cosmetic purposes either, each bringing new abilities to the table allowing interesting puzzles and obstacles. Magician Mickey for example can breathe underwater, fire fighter Mickey move unbreakable blocks with his hose pipe and Robin Hood Mickey can use a grapple hook to swing from hanging ledges. These outfits are introduced one stage at a time so you can get a good feel for them ready for the later levels when things become even tougher. Don’t be surprised to find yourself picking and choosing from the four outfits, the best one to tackle the upcoming obstacles ahead. Whatsmore puzzles can be undertaken in multiple ways. For example if you feel like swinging from icicles with your grappling hook you can, but if you’d rather shoot water at it to freeze a small platform onto it then you can do that also. Sure costumes have been done before in a Mario title, but not like this with the ability to call on them whenever you like. And plus they just look so awesome too.
The game is split into up into several stages each shown on a world map. Each stage is split into smaller acts that in themselves are fairly long, often throwing in a midway boss and a final one at the end. Each of these are very creative and definitely provide some of the adventure’s more demanding challenges. A giant spider, ugly bird and a weird looking worm thing are just some of the nasty bosses that await.
Visually the game looks very nice. Mickey animates well as do the enemies. Environments too are nicely varied and look great too - especially the icy level later on in the game. The music too is a treat to listen to rounding off a game with top notch presentation.
There is the option of going through the main adventure with another person but this is simply taking it in turns to complete levels. While it’s fun to compete and see who can be quicker or gain the highest score, stages can go on a little long so you will be left waiting a while before you get your next chance to progress further. Also the game is fairly short at around seven stages in all. Granted each of these are split into smaller acts, but still it isn’t the lengthiest game on the SNES. However it definitely gives you that feeling of wanting to play through again, perhaps on a tougher difficulty if you’re up to the challenge.
It just goes to show that if you put a well known cartoon character in the hands of a great developer like Capcom then the outcome doesn’t always have to be so bad. Disney’s Magical Quest is fun-filled adventure and while it is quite short, that hasn’t stopped me wanting to replay it over and over again all these years.
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