Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color Image
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  • Summary: Take the adventure game role of a lifetime as a Doodler -- a special person capable of drawing your own cast of characters and watch them come alive as active 3D cast members in one of the most original games of all time. Your Doodles are granted awesome powers so you can compete in arenasTake the adventure game role of a lifetime as a Doodler -- a special person capable of drawing your own cast of characters and watch them come alive as active 3D cast members in one of the most original games of all time. Your Doodles are granted awesome powers so you can compete in arenas all across the realm. All the characters you draw become automatically animated as 3D interactive Doodles. As you progress in the adventure you'll earn new colors and parts for your Doodles! Your imagination is the only limit to the style or type of Doodle you create. Save up to 200 individual Doodles on one Memory Card (8MB). Battle it out against a friend in 2-Player Matches to see who can make the greatest Doodle of them all! [Agetec] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. One of the year's best surprises, offering a wonderful mixture of strategic gameplay, imagination, and colorful story telling.
  2. 85
    The only title in recent memory that successfully combines adventure, role-playing, arena battle, and paint programming into one huge amalgamation of entertainment. Come to think of it, it's probably the only game to create such an arrangement.
  3. 83
    The drawing system is brilliant - simple sketches transform with ease into wonderfully animated creatures. [June 2003, p.50]
  4. As a game, it's merely OK, but as a creative toolbox, it's exceptional. [June 2003, p.121]
  5. 70
    It's a flawed-but-fascinating curiosity and addictive despite itself thanks to the truly awesome monster generation. [June 2003, p.113]
  6. 70
    While many aspects of it are excellent, the gameplay is flawed enough to occasionally frustrate and sometimes make Magic Pengel feel less like a game and more like a chore.
  7. The painting is cool and the characters are likeable, but this is more about your own imagination than your own fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JoeW.
    Sep 7, 2003
    10
    GOOD STUFF.
  2. DanB.
    Jul 2, 2003
    10
    Brilliant.
  3. Mar 21, 2015
    8
    Hidden gem.
    A unique, turn-based RPG where you create 'doodles' to fight in a very simple rock-paper-scissors style combat system, similar to
    Hidden gem.
    A unique, turn-based RPG where you create 'doodles' to fight in a very simple rock-paper-scissors style combat system, similar to Pokemon. You fight battles to earn color to draw more doodles. Different colors give different elemental powers and strengths. You can buy doodles from some of the people in town, or make them all yourself. The doodling system is simple and very flexible, if you have the resources to draw something, it can be drawn. The plot is very simple, but something about the locations, the art style, and the simple plot work very well together. The innocence of the entire game gives it a very nice charm, and the conclusion to the plot was satisfying. The game is short for an RPG, about 15 or so hours to beat the main plot. However, there's a fun 2-player mode where you can battle doodles from two separate save files, and post-game you can still create doodles and enter tournaments, giving the game some longevity.

    If you can track this game down, you should definitely give it a try, it is by far one of the most unique experiences you could have on any console. Also yes you can draw a giant dick monster and fight with it.
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  4. Apr 29, 2012
    2
    This game is just terrible. I mean, the first few minutes of the game is just plain stupid and boring. The gameplay is as stale as anything.This game is just terrible. I mean, the first few minutes of the game is just plain stupid and boring. The gameplay is as stale as anything. It's basically an over-glorified rock paper system, and the customization is cool, but if you have no interest in the game then customization is bad. I don't understand this game at all, and it's terrible, just plain TERRIBLE Expand