Supermagical (universal) from Gala Pocket Inc. is a mix of RPG and puzzler that takes place in a magical world full of mystical people and creatures. Take control of the little witch Nina, and help her save her family and world from the evils lurking within the lush landscapes and action-filled levels of
When the magic-loving Minix creatures mysteriously invade Nina’s world, capturing her seven sisters in the process, she embarks on a journey to save them. It’s an adventure that will take her across three continents and 71 levels, meeting friends along the way, finding treasure and buying important items along the way.
Each level is essentially a horizontal version of Bust-A-Move: players control Nina as she flings different-colored Minix towards the right side of the screen, where an ever-advancing group of Minix await. Players remove them by creating groups of the same color, and different special abilities along the way will help clear out enemies in different ways along the way. Clearing them awards coins, which are collected with taps on the screen, and used in the various stores throughout the game to purchase important items.
At times, the game does feel like a bit of a money grind, requiring certain pricey items and upgrades for players to succeed and advance. For the most part, however, the pacing of the gameplay is handled very well, giving players unlimited opportunites to return to levels they’ve already beaten for more gold – some of which appears in the form of hidden treasures that only appear after a level’s been completed once.
I thought the game’s semi-linear puzzle structures worked well, but I did think the boss battles with the different sisters were a little lacking. They’re built around text-based conversations and choices, which right or wrong, inevitably lead to a battle identical to the other levels of the game. It would be nice to see something that raised the stakes or changed the game formula a bit for these battles, even something as simple as larger rewards or level-specific restrictions and abilities.
One thing is very clear about Supermagical: from its beautiful Retina visuals to the intricate shop and item systems, this is a very well-thought out and designed mobile game. A planned co-op multiplayer mode that wasn’t ready in time for launch will be included in an update, and will add a lot of replayability to the game’s different puzzles. As it stands, this is a must-buy for just about any puzzle fan, perfect for young gamers and old with its accessible gameplay and inviting aesthetics.