YMMV / Magical Drop

  • Author's Saving Throw: Magical Drop V underwent a massive price drop (from $15 to $10 to $1). Another is Patch 1.5, which included balance changes, tweaked AI, better art, modified dialog, and a different single-player structure that prevents Magical Drop characters from having to deal with Ghostlop gameplay. Both came far too late to do any sort of good.
    • Three English-language Magical Drop games were released after Data East had retreated from the gaming industry; they were likely a last-ditch effort to save not just Magical Drop, but the entire company.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Most people who know anything about this game remember it for The World, her ribbon, and her energetic win animation.
  • Character Tiers: III, being the only Magical Drop game to really have a Metagame, has a tier list. Characters are generally placed based on how disruptive their attack patterns are. For example, a character who drops extra balloons on the opposite sides of the field is considered better than characters whose extra balloons are bunched together due to the opponent being unable to cover both ends quickly enough.
  • Game Breaker:
  • Memetic Mutation: The World has a distinctive bouncy animation that has become very, very widespread on the Internet.
  • Needs More Love: The series' fame is microscopic compared to even Puyo Puyo (which also Needs More Love in the west, but that's for another page), much less more popular puzzle games like Tetris and Dr. Mario.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • This game was one of the first games Tony Taka, a famous eroge illustrator, worked as a character designer when he worked for Data East before going bankrupt.
    • The JPN voice cast include people like Nobuyuki Hiyama (Chariot in II), Takehito Koyasu (Chariot, Hanged Man and Hierophant in III), Yuichi Nagashima (Magician in III), Haruna Ikezawa (Death and Lovers in III), Mina Tominaga (Judgement, Temperance and Wheel of Fortune in III), Yuko Mizutani (Justice in in F), Satomi Koorogi (Lovers in F), etc.
  • Sequelitis: Magical Drop F and V are generally seen as vastly inferior sequels to II and especially III: the former for its overpowered character abilities, and the latter for (among other things) launching with a variety of Game Breaking Bugs and only having a few of them fixed before the plug was pulled on support.
  • That One Boss:
    • Father Strength in II is notorious for having particularly strong AI, resulting in many runs getting cut short right before confronting Empress.
    • Hermit in III has a drop pattern that forces the edges down further than the center, forcing players to move across their board from one edge to the other to try and even out the field, often to no avail.
  • Too Good to Last: The vast majority of the series was released between 1995-1999, a mere four years. The series, for all intents and purposes, went down with Data East themselves.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Yup, Strength looks and acts like a boy in Magical Drop III but is a young girl.
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