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About the product
- 32 huge levels
- Awesome 256-color VGA animated graphics
- Incredible music with 12 theme songs
- Exciting puzzles
- Save / Restore option
A side-scrolling action game similar to Super Mario Bros.
Top customer reviews
Though the game showcases 256 colors, the graphics were considered dated even for their time. The background is sort of static, the levels are blocky and repetitive. I found some amusement in the ancient Egypt levels where the background had a building that was clearly Persian architecture. Though it was a step forward for Apogee games, it was far behind other games like the ones made by Epic Megagames.
Gameplay is amusing though a bit boring. Movement is stiff and blocky and animation is slightly choppy like most Apogee games at the time (like Duke Nukem 1). You run around zapping enemies that spawn a short distance as you try not to crash into them but at least Hocus Pocus has life meter (unlike Commander Keen). There are a few 'power ups' spread throughout the levels but they don't feel as powerful as they should. There are locked doors, keys, secret areas, and teleporters to help break the mundane but "It's not very effective".
The sound is somewhat bland and unspectacular, while the music sound cool (like the main theme) but a bit simplistic.
Bottom line Hocus Pocus is a cute game that was popular for a time but grew stale quickly when other better games showed up. Not to say Hocus Pocus is a bad game, rather it is a good game that uses the same old Apogee platform game formula with VGA graphics but it did not raise the bar much above that.
If you loves Apogee games, Hocus Pocus is a fine addition to the game collection. However if you are a gamer who expects something like 'Jazz Jackrabbit' then you will be sorely disappointed.