Magifact...your green worm of a logo is hardly ever seen, but I will ensure
that it is not completely forgotten. This is one of few games I probably overpaid for, but when I see a game
as colorful and quirky as Gan Gan Ganchan, it's totally worth it for me. While the plot is almost nonexistant, that hardly
matters when it comes to games like this.
The game dubs itself a "Super Comical Action Game" and has very colorful graphics and some cool special effects. The graphics are simple and get the job done. Good job Magifact!
The game has a partial overhead view giving the game a slightly more dynamic feel. The backgrounds could have been a little better, and the stages are a bit compact but it works in the long haul.
The game also has some good audio. I'm totally addicted to the game's title screen music. What is it about certain games taking the extra effort to make awesome title screen BGMs? What the game has in terms of graphics and sound is good,
especially coming from an underdog company like Magifact (who also helped with other Super Famicom games like Bishin Densetsu Zoku).
The gameplay is very rudimentary. You must take different color jellies to an exit gate as well as collect keys. You collect a key
whenever you take four of the same color jelly to the gate. It doesn't have to be four at one time. Instead of taking four red ones to the gate, you can take two with you, go
grab yellow and blue ones, then take two more red ones to the gate. Depending on the order you take the jellies to the exit, you can utilize different powers, such as stopping
time, getting a bubble shield, to even ridding all of the enemies on a level! You must travel through different levels clearing dirty foes and evading things like sharks, ninja heads, and more. Ganchan also has the power to shoot the jellies to blow enemies away (Gan Gan Shoot), dash (Gan Gan Dash), and guard (Gan Gan Guard) himself by turning
into what appears to be steel! Finally, clear enough levels and you get to go to a bonus level in outer space!
Some of the problems with the game...where to begin? Well, for starters, it can be quite tricky to get the awesome abilities from taking jellies to the gate due to how cramped the stages are.
The final ability to rid yourself of all the enemies requires that you get two red, two yellow, two green, and two blue...in that order. The game also has a two player mode. It doesn't do anything revolutionary (Actually, it only has four stages).
Still, things can get frantic in the 2 player mode and you don't need to clear the level of all enemies. It just looks and feels really cool. Use quick thinking, a jelly shooting
trigger finger, and a body of steel to accomplish...um...er...whatever it is Ganchan and that girl are trying to accomplish.
- Written by Vyse the determined -