The Fairyland Story
|The Fairyland Story|
|Artist||Toshiyuki Nishimura, Tetsuroh Kitagawa|
|Release date||July 1985|
|Control||Joystick, 2 buttons|
|CPU||Z80 (@ 5.3665 Mhz), M68705 (@ 2 Mhz)|
|Sound||Z80 (@ 4 Mhz), AY8910 (@ 2 Mhz)|
|Pinout||Taito Classic Pinout|
The Fairyland Story is a platformer developed and published by Taito in July 1985. Thought to be a precursor to 1986's "Bubble Bobble", the player controls Ptolemy, a spell-casting elf on her quest to retrieve the Holy gem, from Drakolisk, an evil purple dragon. During play, the user turns evil wizards, witches and other enemies into cakes and either pushes them from the platform ledges, or shoots then repeatedly to destroy them. The game consists of 101 levels set in a castle.
Cameo appearances in other games
Bubble Symphony / Bubble Memories
Space Invaders DX
The second round of Parody Mode in 1993's Space Invaders DX is The Fairyland Story themed.
Don Doko Don
The worm appears as a rarely-seen enemy in 1990's Don Doko Don.
Several of the magical bonuses that appear in Bubble Bobble either are adaptations of, or are directly taken from The Fairyland Story. Ptolemy herself also appears as a bonus in the game. Dark-robed Stoners/Mightas appear as enemies in both Bubble Bobble and The Fairyland Story.
Magical Island, an unlockable eighth island in Rainbow Islands, features enemies and remixed music from The Fairyland Story. In Rainbow Islands Extra Version, the second island is Combat Island with the Magical Island enemies and music.
References to Chack'n Pop
The Taito game designers incorporated several elements from the earlier Taito game, Chack'n Pop. The Stoner/Mighta wizards from Chack'n Pop appear as ghost-like phasing enemies in The Fairyland Story. In addition, Level 37 of The Fairyland Story has an arrangement of platforms that are designed to appear like the Mr. Chack'n character from Chack'n Pop.