Mystic Marathon
Another of the many games that I completely forgot about. This game lasted at my local arcade for less than a month, a testament that gamers had no idea what a good game is. This little gem is another game that would have been nothing but a footnote, if MAME wasn't around to give it a second lease on life.

The game is pretty much what the title would suggest, a mystical race. You are a little gremlin like creature and you have to race a bunch of other ones to the finish line. Very simple as there are two commands, move with the joystick and jump with the fire button. That's it! But there are a variety of obstacles to impede your progress from rocks you can trip over to trees that throw apples at you and they all add to the quirkiness of this little game.

While the static obstacles keep the game fun, the best part are the devious little creatures you are racing. These buggers will bump you into a hazard and slow you down. Cheating is actually encouraged in this game, so make sure to dish it back to them.

The race track is a series of islands that you must get across. Being islands, there is water between them and you have to swim it. As you can guess, swimming will slow you down, so look for the shortest route to improve your time. This adds a little strategy to the game and keeps things interesting. There are also some shortcuts that can speed the game up for you. In order to progress, you need to be ranked in the top three, so you better hurry. If you don't make the top three, the game is over and you have to start over.

Another example of the fun and bizarre games that littered our arcades in the 80's. But like many fun games, it was overlooked and soon forgotten to the general public. But with MAME, you can enjoy the game once more or experience it for the first time. It is a fun little game and one that is worthy of some of your time!

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.

 

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