There’s one arcade puzzler we love that hasn’t quite been remade into oblivion yet, and we thought it might be lost forever: Data East’s Magical Drop. Unlike its brethren (notably Taito/Square Enix’s Bust-a-Move), it hasn’t really gotten the chance to have a modern renaissance. Leave it to Ignition to save our beloved Magical Drop V and let it find its way safely onto PC and consoles in the near future.
If you haven’t played a game in the series before, you pull and move colored balls in a slowly-descending formation, trying to form lines of three or more of the same color. There are several selectable characters (though the difference is largely aesthetic), and in the versus mode, large combos send nasty things your opponents’ way.
This version of the game, developed by Golgoth and Arkedo, features 4-player online and (our favorite) offline multiplayer, full-HD graphics (a first for the series) and even the ability to play unreleased cult-favorite Ghostlop. We’re waiting to hear more, but the game should hit PC first sometime in October.