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FAQ by Tails3

Version: 0.4 | Updated: 05/22/2002

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                                              ********************
                                        A General FAQ for Magical Drop 2
                                        Platform: Neo-Geo
                                        Designed by: SNK/Data East
                                        Release Date: 1996
                                        FAQ By: Clinton "Tails3" Nicholls III
                                        Known on GameFAQs as: Tails3
                                        This FAQ ©2002 by Clinton "Tails3" Nicholls III
                                        Version 0.4, Written on 5-22-2002
                                        E-Mail: DarkStorm_Tails@yahoo.com
                                              ********************




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0. Table of Contents
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	1: Revision History
	2: To Do List
	3: General Explaination
	4: Game Modes
	5: Characters
	6: Secrets
	7: Credits/Closing/Disclaimer


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1. Revision History
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Version 0.4
Written on: 5-22-2002
   *Added the tree of enemies in 1P Vs.
    mode.
   *Updated my high scores.

Version 0.3
Written on: 5-19-2002
   *Added the Water Bubble, Frozen Balloon,
    and Arrow balloon types.
   *Finally finished 1P Vs. Mode!

Version 0.1
Written on: 5-6-2002
   *Formed the frame of the FAQ.
   *Listed the Game Modes(Little Description)
    and Secrets.


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2. To Do List
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Things for me To Do:
   *Write down the enemy tree in 1P Vs. Mode.
   *Write descriptions for each Character, including Tarot #, etc.
   *Make this thing look better!!!


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3. General Explanation
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Magical Drop II is a puzzle game where the object is to pop colored balloons
by arranging them in sets of 3 or more vertically. When that happens, all
balloons of that color that are touching the original 3. To do that, use
these controls:

*****
Controls
*****

	Left/Right: Move your clown across the board.
	Down 2x: Bring down a new layer of ballons.
	A: Grab the balloon(s) above your clown.
	B: Release the balloon(s) your clown has.
	C & D: NOT USED!

*****
Popping Balloons
*****

Here is an example of popping balloons.
(R,B,G,Y=Color of Balloon, C=Clown.)

|RB    R |
|RB    B |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|    C   | (Clown has Nothing)
----------

Clown grabs a Blue Balloon, giving us:

|RB    R |
|RB      |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|      C | (Clown has 1 Blue Balloon)
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Move the clown under the Blue Balloons...

|RB    R |
|RB      |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
| C      | (Clown has 1 Blue Balloon)
----------

Then release!

|RB    R |
|RB      |
| B      |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
| C      | (Clown has Nothing)
----------

The balloons then vanish!

|R     R |
|R       |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
| C      | (Clown has Nothing)
----------


To make Chains, you have to clear balloons while another set is vanishing.
Take the scenario above. Once you've gotten here:

|R     R |
|R       |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
|        |
| C      | (Clown has Nothing)
----------

Run quickly to the Red ones, grab them, then release them onto the last
balloon. If done fast enough, this will make a Chain.

There are several types of balloons in MD2, which include:

*****
Balloon Types
*****

	Normal Balloons(Grabable, Throwable)
	   These balloons come in 4 colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. When put
           in groups of 3 vertically, they disappear.
	Super Balloons(Grabable, Throwable)
	   These balloons look like the normal ones, but have the "shell" cut
           off, revealing the inner design. When popped, they take out ALL
           balloons of that color.
	Ice Block(Grabable, Throwable)
	   These chunks of ice can't be eliminated, unless you pop a set of balloons
           next to them. When that happens, ALL ice blocks on screen turn into
           balloons of that color.
        Frozen Balloons(Grabbable, Throwable)
           These blocks of ice are actually balloons that are frozen. When any
           balloons are popped near these, they will turn into a balloon of whatever
           color shown in the ice.
	Crystal(Grabable, Throwable)
	   This block is akin to the Super Balloon, but instead of being for one
           color, this will work for ANY color. When put against 2 balloons of
           a color, they will pop and ALL balloons of that color will vanish.
        Water Balloon(Not Grabable, Not Throwable)
           This is a balloon meant to be in your way. It will not vanish until
           you throw a balloon against it. This will count as a balloon, and if one
           goes below the bottom of the screen, you die...
        Arrow Balloons(Grabbable, Throwable)
           These balloons function somewhat like the crystals. But, rather than
           taking out a color of balloons, these take out ALL balloons in the
           direction that they point. So, if you have this...


|RRBYBGBR|
|R»RYYBB*|
| YYGGYGG|
|        |
|        | (*=Crystal, »=Arrow)
|        |
|        |
|C       | (Clown has 1 Red)
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When the clown releases his red, it will pop the reds. This will set off the arrow.
The arrow will hit the crystal, which will eliminate Reds, which was what set it off.
You will end up with this:

| YBYBGBG|
|  YGGYG |
|        |
|        |
|        | (*=Crystal, »=Arrow)
|        |
|        |
|C       | (Clown has 1 Red)
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This would be classified as a 3x Chain(Popping reds, setting off the arrow, reds
vanishing).


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4. Game Modes
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Magical Drop 2 has 3 modes, 2 Single-Player modes and a 2 Player Vs. Mode.

*****
1P Mode: Puzzle
*****

In this mode, you play either as the High Priestess or the Devil. Your goal
is to keep yourself alive as long as possible. As you play longer, the game
gets progressively harder, throwing in Ice Chunks, and giving you less
Crystals and Super Balloons. I've lasted until Level 27 on High
Priestess(Hard) Mode with a score of 48981. On Devil(Medium) Mode, I
scored 42302 and lasted to Level 15. (Devil starts on 1, HP on 20.)

*****
1P Mode: Vs. CPU
*****

In this mode, you choose one of the characters, and battle against the other
characters, controlled by the CPU. I have finally finished this mode! The
trail you take through the enemies is:

Fool ---> Star ---> Devil ---> Chariot ---> High Priestess --->
Justice ---> Magician ---> World ---> Strength ---> Emperess

*****
2P Vs. Mode
*****

In this mode, you and the second player go at it head to head. Each player
selects a character to use, and then try to take each other out. You can
force extra lines to your opponent by making chains or clearing a LARGE
amount of balloons at once. The first one to empty his/her quota or make
the opponent's balloons go below the bottom wins!


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5. Characters
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TO COME SOON!!!


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6. Secrets
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In the Vs. Mode, you can unlock extra characters to play as. To do this,
you must highlight Fool and press down, highlight Magician and press down,
then do this on High Priestess, Chariot, Justice, Sorceress, and World. A
chime will sound and new characters will appear!! These characters are
Strength, Empress, and Devil.


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7. Credits, Closing, Disclaimer
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All copyrighted names and such contained within this guide are property of
their respective owners. This guide may not be posted on any site without my
permission.

Currently the only site(s) I've given permission to post this guide on is/are:

GameFAQs (http://www.gamefaqs.com)

Also, I'd like to thank the following people:

*P$¥¢hØ(Christoph Martin): For making my awesome ASCII Art and helpin' me with
                           my copyright.

*SNK/Data East: For making this AWESOME game!

*CJayC and GameFAQs: For hosting this feeble little FAQ.

*You: For loving MD2 so much you came looking for an FAQ!!

Later!

Quote for this edition: "When fighting a dragon to kill, go for the eye, not
                         the leg" - Draco Master



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