Kombo writes: "What the Game's About
There is little doubt that Nintendo's Animal Crossing is an odd success. Much like an episode of Seinfeld, it is a game about nothing. You live your life and go about your mundane business of pulling weeds and talking with neighbors you don't always like. The most bizarre part is that the formula is both addicting and enchanting. That formula has been often duplicated but never been the same. Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times is Konami's take on the Animal Crossing style game and brings in some new elements to differentiate itself from being an exact clone. Playing through the game, it sure gives the reigning champ in this genre a run for its money.
The globe based world is reminiscent of Animal Crossing. It scrolls by with all sorts of magical creatures odd and not. Part of the appeal of these types of game is the quaint charm of living and contributing to a small town. Mysterious Times nails that feeling and adds a dash of Harry Potter like magic to give off its own unique flavor. You'll meet talking pumpkins and skeletons and interact with them as if their last name was Smith. With all the sugary cute critters, it is hard not to fall for the charm..."