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Underrated Bitmap Bros platformer

The Bitmap Bros were one of the most exciting developers of the 1980s and 1990s, with titles like Xenon, Speedball, Gods and the Chaos Engine cementing their reputation as inventive and stylish designers. Magic Pockets is perhaps one of their lesser known efforts and might not be up the standards of their other classics, but it retains their unique visuals and certainly provides some solid platforming fun. The star of the game is the Bitmap Kid, a young hero with trousers that have infinite pockets and where he stores his toys. However, these toys are stolen by a creature who lives in the pockets, the Bitmap Kid must embark on an epic journey to get them back. What this means is that the game is a fairly traditional 2D side scrolling platformer that sees the Kid exploring four themed levels which are broken down into sub-stages. Gameplay is largely familiar to anyone who has played Rayman, Earthworm Jim or Zool, and requires players to run, jump and hurl objects at the various enemies who populate the levels. The different areas each open a new move for the Kid, while bonus stages are also accessible and which are related to the toy that is being sought. While nothing overly original in concept, Magic Pockets does include enough neat features to make it worth playing for fans of the genre or the Bitmap Bros. The graphics are a major draw here and there really is nothing quite like a Bitmap Bros game in terms of visuals but fortunately the action is fast, varied and enjoyable too, making this more than just a feast for the eyes and meaning that Magic Pockets is well worth playing.

A good take for platform game lovers

It's a platform game from bitmap which has some fairly decent features to excite lovers of platform games. Though it's not as good as the Amiga version but has many fine details that make it worth playing. The plot features a strange boy who is present in a fantasy land. The kid was ordinary before he got trousers from an old man. The trousers gave the boy the true power of Magic Pockets. The kid can now kick and run and has many wonderful tools to play with. Many cute details have been added along with great music. The graphics of the game are fine for a classic conversion of a simple Amiga game. It is by no means a great edition from Bitmap brothers but has the element of addictiveness which is normally liked by platform game lovers. The stages or the levels have their own distinctive features which bring variety to the gameplay. Throughout the complete course of the game, you won't feel bore because it does not catch on your nerves to exhaust you. I have also found Elf as a wonderful fantasy platform game.
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Magic Pockets (pc game)
5 out of 5 (6 votes)

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  • Now they are cool
  • I am if you are!
  • Oooh, sparkly!
  • Tasty!
  • I don't think I want to land on top of that thing
  • Why, thank you!
  • Like a rubber ball, I come bouncing back to you
  • Those are some freaky snails
  • I'm just going to stay here. It's quiet.
  • Boing!
  • Two worst words in gaming
  • I can jump too!
  • Shooting everywhere like crazy
  • Game title screen
  • I'm too cool for this game
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