Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sega Genesis Essential Imports: Magical Taruruuto-Kun

Console: Sega Mega Drive
Genre(s): Platformer
Players: 1
Developer: Game Freak


History: Magical Taruruuto-Kun is based on the comical anime series called Magical Taluluto. The original story was published in Shonen Jump from 1988-1992 and amassed 21 volumes. The anime was produced by Toei Animation and was released from 1990-1992 and consisted of 87 episodes and 3 full-length movies. During this same time, Game Freak released multiple games across a variety of different consoles including Famicom, Super Famicom, Game Boy, Game Gear and Mega Drive.

Story: The anime series is based around a 5th grade boy named Edojou Honmaru. Edojou is a loser who is constantly getting into trouble with either bullies, girls, or just life in general. One day he mistakenly summoned Taluluto from a children's book that his father had possessed, who was a writer of children's books. Taluluto refers to himself as “a great magician”, however, he often muddles up his magic which leads to very peculiar and comical situations.


Gameplay: You take control as Taruruuto-Kun, the “Great Magician”, that has a few capabilities that will help you through your journey. There are a variety of different lands that happen to be occupied by a handful of different creatures that all have malicious intent towards Taruruuto. Not to worry, Taruruuto comes equipped with a wand that has the ability to levitate and bring life to inanimate objects and then hurl these newly born objects into your enemies and destroying them both. You also have the ability to expand a pair of wings and glide for a short period of time. This is accomplished using a type of double jump method and will be useful throughout the game for getting into tight areas or reaching different objects. As you would expect from a magician, Taruruuto also has magical capabilities. As you progress through the game you will acquire different magical abilities that will help you along the way. Amongst your travels, you will meet up with some anime style characters that will have some words of dialogue to exchange with you that, I assume, hold some additional information about the story and the overall objective. An English translation does not exist for this game, yet, so a bit of the story will be missed when playing. This does not take away from the overall enjoyment of playing the game. There are a total of 4 stages in this game. Each stage has its own set of sub-stages that contain different challenges and enemies. Throughout these different stages you will come across multiple mini-bosses before you reach the stages' big boss. You will see everything from flipping anime chicks that throw daggers at you to a vampire that summon bats or drops fruit from above (don't try to eat the fruit).

Graphics: This is a gorgeous game. The levels are vibrant and lively with many different layouts and backdrops. The characters all have a cutesy, kodomomuke look and have a decent amount of animation to them.

Music/Sound: The music is great in this game. As you would expect, it's light and upbeat which matches the tone of the game completely. The overall sound FX in the game are decent, but not mind blowing.

Controls: The controls are pretty decent for this game. Movement and attacks are responsive to your input. Jumping can sometimes feel a little floaty and the gliding can take some time getting used to, but after a few minutes it becomes a none issue. The 'A' button controls your magic spells, which you must collect small tokens throughout the game to be able to use. The 'B' button is your wand attack that you can either hit your enemy with or pick up an object. The 'C' button is your jump. In the middle of a jump if you press and hold the 'C' button again, you will spread your wings and perform a dive/glide type of movement.

Final Impressions: Overall this game is a lot of fun to play. Sure, the game is pretty short and the overall design is geared towards a younger audience, but that does not take away anything from the actual game. In fact, I would say it adds to the overall appeal. If you take your time playing this game and enjoy it for what it is, you will have a great time. It is a basic side-scrolling platformer with only a handful of variations, but there are a number of “hidden” objects throughout that aren't necessarily on the beaten path. Explore a bit, and you will find a few side routes that will lead you to some more character dialogues or even some extra magic tokens and lives. Thanks for reading and I hope you all find some time for this awesome title.

Side Note: You will find this game/anime listed under multiple different titles including: Magical Taluluto, Magical Taruruuto, Magical Taruruuto-Kun and probably a few more I haven't seen.

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