Ever seen Fantasia? That timeless Disney classic. Well, ask anyone their favourite part of the film and 10 to a dollar it'll be the scene where Mickey Mouse, the Sorcerer's apprentice, is left alone for the day and gets right up to his neck in the deep stuff. With Slightly Magic, CodeMasters take you as close to being in that rodent's shoes as you could possibly be, without having to grow big black ears and developing breath that would stop a charging antelope.
Bigwiz the wizard has left his castle in a hurry. He's even forgotten to pack his magic wand and spell book. But worse than that, much worse, he's left them alone with you, his nephew. Being as inquisitive as an income tax inspector in Arthur Scargil's bank account, you decide that the best course of action to take is to try every spell that your uncle had warned you about. It's here that the fun begins. As you journey through the strange corridors and lands you'll be amazed at what you see. Not just at the landscapes but the sheer size and quality of the game that's been squeezed into your Spectrum. Multi-coloured backdrops dowsed with detail, cute sprites of all descriptions, puzzling game play that win have you scratching your noggin for weeks and a main character sprite with a personality that would strip Jonathan Woss down to his Y-fronts. Not content with all this, CodeMasters have even added some speech!
My one bug bear, and you might have noticed already, is that there's just no point to it all. Dodge the ghosts, extinguish the fire breathing dragons, turn yourself into a fish and solve every problem thrown at you for what? Just for the hell of it I suppose and that's fine by me. This game retails at 2.99 and I'd pay three times as much for it! Anyone lend me a tenner?
Label: Code masters
Price: £2.99 Tape
Reviewer: Steve Keen
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