PAX Prime 2013 Impressions: Major Magnet Arcade

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

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Major Magnet Arcade logo

Sometimes, you see a game that just looks too adorable not to play. Such was the case with Major Magnet Arcade, a follow-up to the original Major Magnet by the good people at PagodaWest Games. Filled to the brim with colorful, cartoony graphics, Major Magnet Arcade is a simple-to-learn, hard-to-master puzzle/physics game coming to iOS and Android devices.

Everything I experienced involved basic yet precise touch controls. Touch a magnetic bumper, and Major Magnet instantly gets magnetically attracted to it and starts floating around and around. He will do this until you tap another nearby bumper. Things get more complicated with the dash technique, executed by swiping left to right when the good Major is airborne. Furthermore, your momentum dictates how fast you will fly to the next bumper, so timing is everything.

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It’s a simple premise, but a good one that reminds me of games I used to love in the Super NES era. My only complaint is that Major Magnet Arcade isn’t coming to the 3DS. But for those of you with smartphones or tablets, give Major Magnet Arcade a look!

About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!