In today's world of cut-throat competition even video games need a "hook" to stay alive in the treacherous swamps of consumer land. Hooks such as movie titles or television characters lend a game instant appeal. What's next? Welcome to McDonald land and M.C. Kids by Virgin Games.
Big Mac, Filet of Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries...
Well, as it turns out the Hamburgler has seized Ronald McDonald's bag of magic and made a break for it. To where, no one knows but being a trustworthy friend of Ronald's you (Mick or Mack) must track this friend down through six levels of adventure-style play and retrieve the loot. All the McDonalds' characters (Birdie, Grimace, etc.) are willing to help you, for a price. Find them each the number of hidden puzzle cards they desire, and they'll build you a path to the next world.
Big Mac Attack
In M.C. Kids your only weapons are the blocks you pick up and hurl at the multiple enemies.
Speaking of enemies, boy, are they cute. Splinter, the little beaver, is always out to foil your progress, and the McMoose will charge right through you if you don't watch out. Don't judge these guys by their looks, though, or you'll be flattened into one big McPancake.
ProTip: If you're carrying a block when you jump on a super springboard you'll be shot sky high.
M.C. Kids lives and breathes Super Mario Brothers. From the smooth play control to the general construction of each level, you keep forgetting you're not that little Italian plumber. There are no airborne or underwater levels but the game does pack some great features that Mario lacks, such as the Spinner that literally turns your entire world upside down, and Zippers, which enable you to unzip the wall of a level, climb out, and return to another area of the game. Plus, if you collect 100 Golden Arches, you'll go to a bonus stage.
- Touching the Reverser sends you spinning back to the beginning of the level. This is useful because often you're hurled onto an unreachable platform just above the start.
- To reverse the Earth's gravitational pull run across a Spinner at full speed. Looking at the world upside down always reveals new nooks and crannies, and often a puzzle card or two. Having to find hidden puzzle cards gives a new purpose to each level. You can't just book through the levels and say "done." You've got to search them top to bottom to find what you're looking for.
- During the bonus game concentrate on raising the block closest to you and forget about the others. It'll save you a heck of a lot of trouble, and up above you'll find a bunch of bodacious 1-Ups.
- Don't be afraid to take a long, blind leap off any ledge. More often than not you'll land on a string of sky platforms leading to new turf.
A Happy Meal
Seasoned Nintendonians will be able to run, jump, and spin through this game's six worlds in a couple of days, but it's just right for its target audience -- younger kids. M.C. Kids will tantalize you with its puzzles and secrets, while making you hungry for some good ol' Mickey D's.
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They're new, they're fresh, they're M.C. Kid and Mickey Dee, stars of a new two player action adventure game entitled, M.C. Kids. There's big trouble in McDonald-land. The Hamburgler's heisted Ronald's bag of magic and, well, let's face it Ronald without his bag of magic is like a burger without fries! It's up to M.C. Kid and Mickey Dee to run, jump, duck, and throw their way through Mc-land and get that bag-o-tricks back! Familiar McDon-aldland locals, such as the Grimace, the Fryguys, and the Professor, pop up throughout the game to lend a hand or offer advice. Aren't you hungry for a cool adventure like McKids?!
What happens when fast food meets video games? You get M.C. Kids to go in an adventure versus all of your favorite greasy bad guys -- such as the Hamburgler. Sounds delicious!
Published by and developed by Virgin Games, Inc., this game for 1-2 players was released in 1992. Ronald's bag of magic tricks has been stolen by the Hamburglar. Now, on this 2D platformer, it is up to you whether to play as Mick or Mac, and return the Ronald’s bag. You will have to go over various lands, meet McDonald's characters as you travel to such places as Ronald's Clubhouse, Birdie's Treehouse, and the Hamburglar's Hideout as you gather Ronald's cards.
You must collect bricks as well and throw them in order to kill a lot of animal enemies you come across. In some stages you will have to travel along water in a dinghy, watching for moving platforms and bonus sections. M.C. Kids video game features seven different worlds with more then 30 levels and nine bonus levels.