Mystic Wand was an early action platformer style game programmed by Alpha Denshi within the
first year of the NEOGEO's lifespan. It is considered to be the most ubiquitous of all the proto
games. Very little is known about Mystic Wand. The play mechanics used by the game are similar to
those found in Tecmo's Solomon's Key. The player controls a magical character that uses a wand to
form & shoot blocks on the screen in order to progress through several levels of a fortress. A
final confrontation with Satan awaits the player at the top of the tower.
This game would have been a welcome addition to the NEOGEO's game library because the system
was almost completely devoid of non-fighting action games. It was most likely dropped from SNK's
game lineup in favor of the trending fighting game phase that was taking over the revenues at the
video arcades. Alpha's 46 meg Ray Guy / Blue's Journey did see an official release in 1991 and
became their final effort at an action genre game.
-- June 1991 -- Mystic Wand is shown by SNK in their booth at the 1991 Summer CES (Consumer Electronics Show)
-- August 1991 -- Joystick Magazine #18, a European video game publication, publishes a short article with a screenshot of Mystic Wand.
-- September 1991 -- Mystic Wand is shown by SNK in their booth at the 1991 AMOA (Amusement Machine & Manufacturer's Association) show.
-- November 1991 -- EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) magazine includes a supplement from SNK with an article about Mystic Wand.
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