What happens when a small French indie studio gets their hands on one of Data East's best franchises?
I played a ton of Magical Drop 3 back in the day. It's probably best game made by Data East. Sorry Windjammers and Street Hoop. However Data East died in the early 2000s, so I was a bit surprised to see a new Magical Drop pop up in Steam. I bought it for five euros when it was released.
What I expected: Magical Drop HD
What I got: Magical Drop for Tablets
Full of bugs and questionable design choices, this was a major letdown for me. Even though the game is sharper and higher resolution, the art and effects used look a lot worse than in the original arcade games. it really gives you the "cheap mobile game" feeling. The game also has characters from another game called ghostlop, which doesn't fit into the game at all. Could have spent that time making more MagiDrop characters as there are only eleven in the game while MD3 had over twenty.
Worst part is that the Developer Golgoth Studio promised a patch that would fix the issues in the game. It was supposed to be released somewhere during 2013, but right now is 2015 and I'm still waiting for that patch. Well, not seriously waiting for it, but still. Same studio has also a Toki remake in the works. Or had. It was greenlit in 2013 and there has been no word about it after that, so it's probably vaporware now.
If you liked Magical Drop, don't buy this game. If you are just looking for a cheap puzzle game, then don't buy this game. It's not worth it and there are better alternatives available.