Shane Rogers | Nov 12 2012 04:35 PM
, sure it sounds like someone might be talking with something of a speech impediment but it is in reality the newest game in the realm of path drawing/finding games. It’s almost two games in one, really, with a drawing aspect and a world building aspect, and they are both done pretty well. It’s also a game that I really wanted to like, but for one major massive bug which we’ll get to in a moment.
There have been previous path drawing games that I’ve tried and liked, though they almost always inevitably have something to do with airplanes and ensuring that they don’t crash into one another. So it’s nice to see one come out that deals with farming and chickens. Yeah, you read that right - chickens. Chicken eggs, to be precise.
The main part of Magic Wingdom deals with trying to keep eggs from crashing into each other as they steadily make their way onto your screen. This is easily enough accomplished by way of tracing a path from one egg to another like colored egg. You can make this path as straight or as curvy as you want, just so long as it doesn’t hit a different colored egg. You can get more points and special items by running your path through three or more like colored eggs. Just make sure that you collect the items by tapping on them, otherwise they’ll be lost forever. Some of the items that I’ve encountered while playing are bombs (tap on them to destroy all the eggs that in the blast radius), egg-shaped avatars (for lack of a better term, when collected these will destroy all the on screen eggs that are the same color as the avatar), light bursts (spinning rays of death and destruction, when collected these shoot off four rays of light that destroy whatever is in their path) and last but not least coins.
Coins are used to make purchases for one of the four farmyards that you can get access to in this game. You can purchase chickens, veggies, feeders, plants and various other decorative items for your chickens to mess around with. These areas are also where you can complete mini quests, which can help you gain more points and more things over in the actual game portion of Magic Wingdom. As you procure more and more things to put in your yard, you get stars for your yard and open up more areas to put things. Naturally, Magic Wingdom does have in app purchases and offers for more coins, should you feel the need to do such a thing. You can also link your Facebook account to the game and spam your friends timelines with requests to give you gifts and coins and other stuff like that, if that's your thing.
Graphically speaking, the puzzle part of Magic Wingdom looks really good. The effects that are set off whenever you collect some of the items are really cool and the eggs roll smoothly across the screen. The game can get challenging once things get moving along and more and more eggs begin to show up, finding paths that don’t cross into other eggs can get interesting. The game sounds aren’t bad either, though the music does get a bit tedious so it was the first thing to go with me.
Finally, you might recall that I said I really wanted to like this game. There is one slight problem with it, at least for me, in that it is completely unable to save any of my progress. Every time I start the game after exiting, I’m required to re-enter my name and lose all level progress and mini quest progress that I’ve made. There is one saving grace to this, in that while most everything is lost it does somehow manage to keep any items that I’ve purchased for my farm in tact - all I need to do is just sell everything back and then make that purchase again. It’s quite an annoyance and is definitely a detractor from playing this game.
While Magic Wingdom is an interesting twist on a good puzzle game, I can’t say that I would currently recommend anyone play it - unless they don’t care that their progress isn’t saved. Although I will say that there are a few reviews in the Google Play store from people who don’t seem to have any issues at all, but there are just as many like me who are experiencing some kind of game save problems - it’s rather hit or miss.
Magic Wingdom is available for free on the Google Play Store