Mage Drops Preview (Steam Early Access)

 Our Mage Drops Preview has us trying to master the elements, Harness ancient powers. Mage Drops is a whimsical golf-like platformer with a fantasy twist. Use magic to bend physics, influence the environment, and make impossible shots, as you puzzle your way through a strange & mythic multiverse.

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Mage Drops Preview Pros:

  • Beautiful bright graphics.
  • 2.48MB Download size.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics – resolution.
  • Golf gameplay.
  • You can add brakes to a shot in order to stop it mid-air and land.
  • Basic tutorial help.
  • Handy restart course button.
  • You have an aiming arc/line.
  • End of a level breakdown showing your stroke count, time bonus, and if you got Bronze, Silver, or Gold award.
  • Roll on – opposite of braking as this will allow the ball to move forward slowly.
  • Tranquil soundtrack.
  • Really nice hole locations.
  • You can zoom out on the course.
  • Excellent level design as it adds in layered mechanics and has an almost puzzle element.
  • Rings will trigger a special ability and you can cancel it at any time.
  • Double rings mean it’s an obstacle or object that can be manipulated.
  • Boasts 8 tournaments/courses you can unlock and play.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Separate tutorial course.
  • Drops – you collect these in courses and they are used to unlock further tournaments.
  • Feels like a Harry Potter crazy golf game.
  • Precise easy to control aiming model as you can be as broad or as precise as needed.
  • Hearts – you have 3 and losing all 3 means a course restart. You lose hearts from obstacles and traps like spikes.

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Mage Drops Preview Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • The menu to show the controls is messy.
  • You cannot zoom out very far.
  • No penalty for abusing the brakes and roll-on abilities.
  • No graphics settings.
  • Doesn’t have any customisation.
  • No Steam achievements yet.
  • The guide/aim line needs to be clearer or darker as it’s hard to see.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is an obstacle in the course or in the fore/background.
  • Feels a bit flat in terms of atmosphere.

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Mage Drops:

Official website.

Developer: Orchid of Redemption

Publisher: Lamplight Forest Games

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Summary

Imagine what a Harry Potter golf game would look like and you have Mage Drop. It’s a golf game with magical elements where you can stop and propel the ball around a course with devious and sometimes helpful obstacles. You get a brief tutorial on controls with 8 practice holes (repayable) and then get chucked straight into a course cup with obstacles and crazy mechanics you have no idea how to deal with. It’s that sentence there that encapsulated my time with Mage Drop. You never K ow what is going to happen, what this bubble might do, or how this fan will affect the ball, it means you get a lot of frustrated shots and restarting the hole. You would like to be able to pan around the hole so you can think about it all before it happens but that isn’t great with the camera feeling like it’s stuck in position and you jockey it to move ever so slightly. Now I may sound down on the game but the thing is that’s just the niggles I have for everything else that can be added and refined from the aiming line needing work for visibility and some life injected into the world as it’s all a bit flat. The controls in terms of controlling the shot are some of the best I have seen, the puzzle element type approach to holes makes the game a little different from the rest bit it needs a better camera. Mage Drops atm is OK but it could be something special with a few meaningful updates and additions. I shall be keeping my eye on this one as it could be a game-changer.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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