Magic Arrows Review—Magical Indeed

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As of this writing, there is an update for Magic Arrows, but this review covers the initial release version, as opposed to the revised version. You should buy this one immediately, because aside from the core gameplay being highly addictive, HAMSTER Corporation is releasing updates for the game. Yehey!

Magic Arrows is an arcade puzzler, and it is one of the few Vita games strictly meant to be played vertically. You can always play Magic Arrows using a normal perspective, but the game won’t adjust the screen orientation for you, unlike Treasures of Montezuma Blitz.

The core gameplay is simple; this is a match-3 game. You just have to string up blocks of the same color in order to wipe them out of the board. Aside from colors, the blocks are differentiated by the arrows engraved on them. A block can only move in the direction in which its arrow is pointing. It swaps its position with the adjacent block in that direction.

At first, there are only a few colors available. As you progress to higher levels, more colors get introduced, and this makes the game harder than ever. Not only that, but there are various blockages that will affect gameplay, like bubbles that can only be burst if you are able to push blocks into their positions. Also, the blocks will “petrify” over time, and the petrification process is swifter in the higher levels. When the blocks are petrified, they can’t be moved since the engraved arrow disappears. Such blocks can still get displaced by normal blocks.

Don’t be afraid, though, as there are events that can help you survive the game. There is this special arrow that wipes out blocks. It follows the directions of the arrows it “contaminates” until it loops back into itself, and then all of the contaminated blocks get exploded into oblivion. This particular power-up will only appear on the board if you are able to string combos. Petrified blocks can still get contaminated by this one.

There is also a progress bar that will give you an idea of when the next level will arrive. Jumping to the next level wipes the entire board of impurities like the bubbles and the petrified blocks. Incidentally, the local scoreboard is implemented well; when you play the game, there is a number shown above the level progress bar, interpreting your current score as a percentage of the current high score.

And I have so far just been talking about the Endless Mode. There is also a Puzzle Mode that is very different. The main idea is the same, you can only move blocks in their arrows’ directions, but the board is already predefined, and you are to remove all of the blocks within the move limits. There are a total of 10 sets in each level, and there are a total of six levels. That gives you sixty sets. Once you complete 8 sets in a level, you can access the sets of the next level, and so on and so forth.

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Magic Arrows is a highly addictive game, with few flaws in it. There is no online scoreboard, unfortunately, but as it stands, on its own, as the vanilla version, it is pretty much perfect.

10/10

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3 Responses to “Magic Arrows Review—Magical Indeed”
  1. Takao says:

    Is that actually the menu opening on PSM? lol

  2. Huicho says:

    Wow, a 10/10! Good job!

  3. that guy says:

    Howdy…can we use the back touch pad with this game….also, is there a way to use custom soundtrack?

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