Pluto will become the subject of magical testing. This certainly gives a sense of urgency to the game, but feels rather at odds with the happy joyous feeling that permeates the game. Unsurprisingly 'Magical Quest' looks beautiful, especially considering that it was a game released so early in the Snes' life cycle, back in 1992. Reviewers certainly appreciated the visuals, unanimously praising the detailed sprites, rich colourful backgrounds and the smooth animation. Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine even thought 'Magical Quest' offered “the best graphics on any system” up to that point, eclipsing Nintendo's own games. “Make no mistake, this is a gorgeous game” reiterates Jason Brookes in his review for Super Play Magazine. “Some of the greatest sprite designs on any system, an exceptionally well crafted game”.
shops sell upgrades and routes through levels are opened by pulling switches. If it all sounds familiar it's because it's following a generic template that's tried and tested. Like Mario before him, Mickey’s collectable suits give him different skills and once found they can be used on any level. At the press of a button Disney’s most famous mouse can become a magician, a fire fighter and a mountaineer, with their unique abilities allowing progression through stages easier.
It’s a clever dynamic and one that echoes the publisher’s 'Mega Man' games. Bosses are easier to tackle when Mickey is wearing the right suit, and the few difficult parts of the game become less of a challenge when the powers they offer are used. Once all of Mickey’s suits have been unlocked it's even worth searching levels to find all the secrets they contain. There's little reward for making the effort of course, except the smug satisfaction that only comes from knowing you have got everything you can from a game.
Even the impressive screen filling boss battles can be finished easily provided the right suit is equipped and their attack patterns are memorised. Copious extra lives litter levels and continues are infinite. If you have grown up pulling your hair out after failing to complete a level filled with vanishing platforms, 'Magical Quest : Staring Mickey Mouse' will offer little challenge at all. “Great graphics are all well and good but you also need consistent challenging game play” remarked Jason Brookes. “This stuff’s fun but you’ll romp through it.” For skills to be tested “hard mode” must be selected and you'll have to impose your own limits on the number of continues you use. However, as Total! Magazine whimsically said in their review "that's not something you're gonna do is it?"
It's doubtful many saw level three, let alone very young children who just wanted to have fun with their favourite cartoon mouse. Though deaths in 'Magical Quest' are almost too infrequent, at least the few difficult parts can be overcome with practice.