In Magic Pockets, players control the cool Bitmap Kid who has deep pockets that can store virtually anything. Bitmap Kid's mission is to get back his toys that were stolen by some creatures.
The game is a side-scrolling shooter that plays out across four worlds inhabited by a variety of enemies. Players can cause more damage to these enemies by charging their shots before firing. The player's weapon also changes its shape and features according to the requirements of each world.
The Bitmap Kid has special athletic abilities. He can jump high by stepping on whirlwinds, and can even destroy all the creatures he hits after falling down from a high place. In addition, players can drive a bike, dive, and even fly through the use of special items.
In Magic Pockets you control a small boy that has infinitely big pockets. He can throw all kinds of stuff from them, and also collect anything inside.
There are 4 different terrain types. You start in the caves, where enemies aren't very dangerous yet, but the difficulty will increase with each level! Later, when you arrive at the jungle, lake and mountains, it will, at times, become nearly impossible. Luckily, the game features a code, which will appear after you complete each level and which you can enter anytime in the game by pressing the F2 key. This allows you to resume each level with full lives, should you run out of them (you have 3).
The stuff which you throw from your pockets is used for attacking enemies and varies on each terrain type. In the caves, it looks like blueberries, whereas in the jungle its sugar wool which melts after a short period of time. Since it melts into sweet water, at some places it can be used to make plants grow into a tree. At the lake its an ice cube, and in the mountains its a snowball.
There're various attack techniques at your disposal. The default one is throwing stuff from your pockets. You can do this simply by pressing the attack key. If you press and hold the attack-key, the targeted enemy will get caught and and you can destroy it by simply walking over. It leaves a candy or toy behind, which brings you bonus points. You can also fully charge your fist, and then jump over the released charge in order to jump high and spin. While you are spinning, you can destroy any enemy instantly by touching it.
There are also some bonus weapons which can be found, like laser helmet, which allows you to shoot laser beams at your enemies, or steel helmet, wearing which allows you to kill enemies by walking over them.
The graphics are very pretty, but the sound isn't that impressive, limited only to some hit and jump sounds. Also music is only available in the intro and in the main menu, while in the game itself there's none at all. Because of this, I'll give the game a mark of 4.
Otherwise, it's definitely fun and addictive and you should try in case you like Jump'n'Run games.
In this game you go on a 'quest' to get back your stolen toys. To do this you walk around platform levels where you have to kill the enemies. Nice good looking game, with some extra's you'll find out playing.
A decent platform game from Bitmap Brothers featuring a strange, kid-in-fantasy-land plot. From the manual: "The Bitmap Kid was pretty much like every other kid on the block until the day when a Strange Old Man gave to Kid his pair of Trousers. These Mystical Trousers bestowed upon the wearer the power of the Magic Pockets. Now Kid kicks and is in the house. When a Kid's got bottomless pockets in which to keep his toys and boy's things, he's so cool it hurts."
Magic Pockets is probably the least liked of all Bitmap Brothers games, but it's still a very enjoyable platform game with many cute details, extras, cool music and sounds. The intro music is by Betty Boo (Doin' the Do), and is quite memorable although it's (of course) much inferior to the Amiga version. It's overall a pretty good conversion of the Amiga classic, although the level layout seems to be different, for some reason. Still better than an average platform game, although if you're a Bitmap Brothers fan who expects another Gods -style classic, you'll be disappointed.
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