MYSTIC WAND

by ALPHA DENSHI / SNK

NEO GEO MVS NGM-035

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

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 elusive 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. Luckily, Alpha's earlier effort, the 46 meg Raguy / Blue's Journey from 1990 did get released, giving us some insight into their creative abilities.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- June 1991 -- Mystic Wand is exhibited by SNK at the 1991 (CES) Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago, Illinois. During the show, someone with a handheld video camera was able to record the games attract mode.

-- August 1991 -- Joystick Magazine #18, a European video game publication, publishes a short article on the show, with a screenshot of Mystic Wand.

-- September 1991 -- Mystic Wand is exhibited by SNK at the 1991 AMOA (Amusement Machine & Manufacturer's Association) show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

-- November 1991 -- EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) magazine includes a supplement from SNK with an article about Mystic Wand.

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