Magical Drop II is the second installment of the Magical Drop Series. It includes a variety of gameplay changes, as well as new characters.
The core gameplay is similar to that of the first game, though with a few additions and modifications. In Magical Drop II, you control a clown that can grab and throw balloons.
The rules are simple. Control the clown to pull in and throw back the balloons that appear on-screen. If you line up three or more balloons of the same color in a row vertically, they will burst.
Some balloons feature unique characteristics. Special balloons, which come in all four colors, pop every balloon that share the same color as them. Arrow balloons burst everything in the direction their arrow is facing. Rainbow balloons have the same effect as special balloons, but can be thrown against a balloon of any color. And then there are bubble balloons, which simply get in your way. Together, these provide you with great chains and combos that make a puzzle game so much fun.
Choose between VS CPU Mode, full of battles with a host of comical characters, and Puzzle Mode, where you’ll enjoy a one-player challenge. Both modes support player-versus-player action, meaning you can have a great time together with friends.
Exclusive to the Japanese version, Flash Mode provides a series of preset fields and challenges players to correctly clear them. A timer counts down during gameplay; if it reaches 0, the ceiling will rapidly drop down in an attempt to eliminate the player. If the player makes the puzzle unsolvable, the game will charge a time penalty and then provide the player a fresh row of balloons.
The game has the same 6 different characters from the first game, a new character and 2 unlockable characters. The SNES also features a exclusive unlockable character, making this port the only one with 11 different characters.