Genre: Action, Adventure, Casual, Indie
Developer: Toolkitz Games
Publisher: Toolkitz Games
Release Date: Apr 25, 2018
Edited by KnightAvenger
Magical Star Pillars is a recent simplistic, indie, puzzle, platformer game with interesting visuals, multiple characters and a lot of levels spread over multiple hubs.
Let’s start with the visual aesthetic; it is interesting in how basic it is. This game genuinely looks like it was made as a flash game in 2006. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for those who are nostalgic for that kind of look and who like it. I, personally, found it nice, but it could bother some people. It’s pretty colorful and the colors themselves are pretty bright, so it’s rather easy to distinguish between different objects, which is pretty important for a platformer. Even if not very modern-looking, the visuals are, at the very least, functional.
Music is also basic in that there isn’t a lot of it, and, as such, I don’t really think there is a lot to talk about on that front. Again, just like with the graphics, what little music there is, is functional and does the job, but it does not really do anything more beyond that. There is no voice acting for the characters.
Writing is, once again, basic. The story itself is pretty basic, and the characters aren’t all that deep. While it’s neither that bad of a story nor is any dialogue or anything badly written and everything is pretty much serviceable, there is also nothing exceptional about it. It’s just a simple story of a girl having to find allies on her mission to recover a bunch of stars in order to save the world and the obstacles towards that goal are represented in the levels themselves.
Gameplay is probably this game’s most complicated and interesting part. It consists of the player choosing one of the four islands in the game and doing levels on each of them. There is also the fifth island, but that is the starting, tutorial island, so it doesn’t really count. On each island, there is a bunch of levels to be done. The game itself advertises over 100 levels in the game, and although I haven’t counted the exact number of them, there is, at least, 100 of them.
In each level, the goal is to get to the end and pick up a star. On the way there, your character will face many different obstacles, from a couple of different types of robots that each do their own thing to natural phenomena, such as wind and spikes. Although you start with a single character, as you progress your way through the game, you meet new people who join you and you can use them to clear the levels with different characters having different powers and be able to overcome different difficulties based on those powers. There is also a bird that you have as the original character which lets you scout out the level before trying to do it, so you can prepare yourself for what you will find and such.
There are different difficulties for these levels represented by a five star rating. The more stars that the level is given, the harder it is, with some levels being very easy and then some others being absolute hell to overcome. Although not the primary point of the game, there are some good ragey levels. It’s not really my kind of thing, though, so the constant raging at those levels made me want to rage quit more than it made me want to complete, but, still, if you like games that make you rage, you should be able to have (at least) some fun with the game.
All in all, I think the word that can represent this game the best would be: simple. This game’s graphics are simple, its music is simple, the story is simple. Again, that may not be a necessarily bad thing, as we all (sometimes) need something to relax to that doesn’t have incredible story or audiovisuals, but I, personally, would have liked a little bit more, at least in terms of music, if not visuals or story since that was out of all three the most lackluster aspect. Still, the gameplay definitely makes up for it by a large margin and that is why I still recommend the game to those who like platformers, especially due to how low the regular price seems to be.
- It’s a competently made game
- Has a certain charm to it
Mileage May Vary:
- It is a flash game-looking visuals
- Everything aside from the game is pretty basic
Faris gives Magical Star Pillars a Drastik Measure of 6.9 out of 10(69)
Magical Star Pillars is available on Steam for $6.99 (USD).