Behold the 2D side-scrolling platformer: staple diet of 16-bit gaming, majestically dumped at the first sight of 3D gaming technology, and now forgivingly reborn thanks to the plethora of Game Boy Advance SNES ports. A prime example of this is Magical Quest 2 - originally a big hit on the SNES back in the nineties and now shrunk down and re-boxed for the GBA.
As the story goes, the long-awaited circus has finally come to town, but, thanks largely to the local nasty piece of work, Baron Pete, it has been ruined. The evil Baron and three of his closest henchmen, the three Mice Brothers, have taken control of the house of Mickey's old friend, the lonely ghost - if he succeeds in his plan, the whole cartoon world will fall into his greedy hands.
And so who does one turn to in times of peril and dismay? That's right, a grinning, camp rodent and his equally unsuitable girlfriend. This is Disney, after all, so it's Mickey and Minnie who are charged with the task of putting a stop to the madness and saving the planet from Baron Pete and his monstrous plans.
Taking control of either Mickey or Minnie, players enter into the fantastical, cartoon world, full of platforms, jumps, switches and collectable stuff, and traverse their way across a variety of themed levels. With each of the themed levels comes an appropriate costume that must be used and taken advantage of accordingly. For example, it's possible to scale cliffs and reach previously inaccessible locations when donning the Ranger costume, as it comes complete with a hook and rope. Similarly, the Cowboy/girl costume allows you to mount a wooden horse and go riding, as well as shoot enemies with the included toy gun.
No Disney game would be complete without the inclusion of a host of other favourite characters and Magical Quest 2 is no exception here - along the adventure, the likes of Donald and Goofy will be on hand to help you out. And you can also enjoy the company of one of your mates too by linking two GBAs together and taking advantage of the game's multiplayer feature.
Magical Quest 2 didn't exactly offer anything new when it was first released for the SNES so there's certainly no points for originality here. However, it is a fun and well made platformer, as well as one of the stronger titles within such an overcrowded genre.