Magical Drop 3 (PS) - Magical Drop Plus 1 Puzzle Mode Solutions
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Copyright 2003 Russell Marks. You may freely use/distribute/modify
this document in any way and for any purpose, but ONLY if you preserve
this copyright/licence notice in full.


Contents
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1. Changes
2. Introduction
3. Key
4. Solutions
   a. Beginner
   b. Very Easy
   c. Easy
   d. Normal
   e. Hard
   f. Very Hard
   g. Expert
5. Contacting me


1. Changes
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Version 1.0 (2003 Sep 4) - initial version.


2. Introduction
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This FAQ lists solutions for all 210 puzzles in the "Puzzle Try!" mode
of Magical Drop Plus 1, which comes as part of the European (PAL)
Playstation version of Magical Drop 3. The original version of this
package was released in Japan as "Magical Drop 3 + Wonderful!", so the
solutions should also work with the Magical Drop Plus 1 disc there.
And they may work with the original Japanese PS release of Magical
Drop, which is presumably what MD+1 is based on.

I think it's worth briefly explaining my rationale for calling this a
Magical Drop 3 FAQ, when it's really for Magical Drop Plus 1. Well,
looking at it from a UK perspective, the original PS version of
Magical Drop was never released here. And Magical Drop Plus 1 doesn't
seem to be available as a separate game *anywhere*. So ultimately, in
terms of the game you bought, this FAQ is for Magical Drop 3. :-)

Now, to take the drudgery out of doing so many puzzles again I wrote a
program to brute-force most of the solutions (C source available on
request). If some of the solutions seem a little odd, that's why. But
every solution listed here has been tested, so it shouldn't matter.
And to be honest, I did have to solve quite a few of them manually, as
my program was less than perfect... :-)


3. Key
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The moves are listed first with the position to move to (1=leftmost
column, 7=rightmost column), then "c" for catch or "t" for throw. So
"4c" means move to the middle column and do a catch.

Once drops start disappearing etc., you should almost always wait for
the drops to settle down before making the next move, if there is one.
(In particular, it's often possible to mess things up by doing a catch
too early.) The *only* time you should make the next move before then
is if the solution says to e.g. do the following move quickly.

Any solutions marked as "under" do the puzzle in fewer moves than the
limit. There aren't many of those here, but on the ones I did myself I
found a few. :-)


4. Solutions
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a. Beginner

#1 - 3c; 5t

#2 - 3c; 4t

#3 - 2c; 5t

#4 - 2c; 3t

#5 - 1c; 4c; 7t

#6 - 2c; 4c; 5t

#7 - 1c; 3c; 6t

#8 - 1c; 3c; 6t

#9 - 6c; 7c; 1t

#10 - 1c; 2c; 4c; 5t

#11 - 2c; 4t

#12 - 6c; 3t

#13 - 2c; 5t

#14 - 1c; 2c; 4t

#15 - 3c; 4t

#16 - 6c; 6t

#17 - 4c; 7c; 5t

#18 - 1c; 7c; 3t

#19 - 4c; 2t

#20 - 1c; 7c; 3t

#21 - 1c; 7c; 4t

#22 - 6c; 5t

#23 - 7c; 5t

#24 - 4c; 5t

#25 - 3c; 6c; 5t

#26 - 2c; 4t; 3c; 5t

#27 - 4c; 5t; 6c; 4t

#28 - 5c; 4t; 3c; 5t

#29 - 1c; 1t

#30 - 2c; 1t; 2c; 2t


b. Very Easy

#1 - 1c; 5c; 7t; 6c; 4t

#2 - 2c; 5c; 6t

#3 - 7c; 4t; 7c; 5t

#4 - 7c; 6t

#5 - 3c; 1t; 3c; 7t

#6 - 5c; 2t; 1c; 5t  (2 under)

#7 - 1c; 2c; 3t

#8 - 1c; 4c; 6t

#9 - 5c; 3t

#10 - 2c; 5t

#11 - 3c; 2t; 4c; 6t; 7c; 1c; 4t  (1 under)

#12 - 5c; 2t

#13 - 2c; 3c; 6t; 6c; 1t

#14 - 2c; 6t; 7c; 3t

#15 - 7c; 4t; 7c; 6t

#16 - 5c; 4t; 5c; 6c; 4t; 6c; 3t

#17 - 3c; 4t; 1c; 2t

#18 - 3c; 6t

#19 - 4c; 5t; 3c; 4t; 6c; 3t; 2c; 6t

#20 - 6c; 1t

#21 - 2c; 1t

#22 - 1c; 4t; 2c; 5t; 3c; 6t

#23 - 2c; 6t; 7c; 2t

#24 - 4c; 2t; 7c; 4t

#25 - 7c; 1t; 7c; 2t; 1c; 7t

#26 - 2c; 3t; 1c; 2t

#27 - 1c; 7t; 2c; 3t; 5c; 2t

#28 - 2c; 6c; 4t; 2c; 3c; 5t

#29 - 4c; 1t; 2c; 7c; 4t

#30 - 1c; 2t; 3c; 6t; 7c; 3t


c. Easy

#1 - 4c; 5t; 3c; 4t; 5c; 6t

#2 - 5c; 6t; 5c; 7t; 3c; 5t; 3c; 7t; 2c; 3t; 7c; 2t

#3 - 2c; 4c; 5t; 2c; 6t

#4 - 2c; 3t; 4c; 5t

#5 - 7c; 2t; 4c; 7t

#6 - 1c; 6t; 5c; 3t

#7 - 4c; 5c; 6c; 3t

#8 - 3c; 4t; 1c; 3t; 7c; 2t  (1 under)

#9 - 3c; 5t; 4c; 5t; 3c; 5t; 4c; 3t; 5c; 4t

#10 - 1c; 4c; 7t

#11 - 6c; 7t; 6c; 6t

#12 - 2c; 3t; 5c; 6t; 4c; 2t; 1c; 1t  (2 under)

#13 - 1c; 4t; 4c; 1t; 7c; 4t

#14 - 2c; 4t; 3c; 5t; 1c; 7t

#15 - 2c; 1t; 2c; 2t

#16 - 4c; 5t

#17 - 6c; 2t; 6c; 6t

#18 - 1c; 2t; 1c; 7t; 2c; 1t

#19 - 7c; 4c; 3t; 1c; 2t; 7c; 5c; 4t; 6c; 5t

#20 - 1c; 4c; 7t; 1c; 4t

#21 - 3c; 1t; 3c; 4t; 4c; 1t; 2c; 4t; 5c; 2t

#22 - 1c; 2t; 4c; 3t; 1c; 4t

#23 - 1c; 1t; 7c; 4t

#24 - 5c; 4c; 3t; 1c; 4t; 1c; 3t  (1 under)

#25 - 4c; 5c; 6t; 3c; 5t; 4c; 4t

#26 - 1c; 2t; 4c; 5t; 4c; 3c; 2t

#27 - 4c; 5t; 2c; 7c; 4t

#28 - 4c; 5c; 2t; 6c; 1t; 7c; 4t

#29 - 6c; 2t; 3c; 4c; 6t

#30 - 2c; 1t; 2c; 5t; 3c; 6t; 3c; 3t


d. Normal

#1 - 3c; 5c; 2t; 4c; 5c; 3t

#2 - 4c; 7c; 5t; 1c; 2c; 4t

#3 - 2c; 5t; 1c; 7c; 3t; 2c; 6t; 2c; 3t

#4 - 4c; 3t; 6c; 4t

#5 - 3c; 4t; 3c; 6c; 5t

#6 - 3c; 1t; 3c; 6t; 1c; 3t

#7 - 1c; 3c; 5t; 7c; 2t

#8 - 7c; 1t; 7c; 5t; 2c; 6t

#9 - 4c; 1t; 7c; 3t; 2c; 3c; 4t; 1c; 3t

#10 - 2c; 6t; 1c; 2c; 6t

#11 - 4c; 5t; 2c; 7c; 4t; 2c; 7t

#12 - 2c; 7c; 4t; 2c; 7t; 3c; 4t

#13 - 6c; 3t; 5c; 6c; 2t

#14 - 1c; 7t; 4c; 5t; 2c; 6c; 4t

#15 - 2c; 1t; 2c; 5t; 2c; 4t; 3c; 6t; 6c; 1t

#16 - 4c; 2t; 1c; 4t; 3c; 4t; 3c; 6t

#17 - 7c; 1t; 7c; 3t; 4c; 5t

#18 - 1c; 4t; 2c; 1t; 6c; 3t; 6c; 2t; 7c; 2t

#19 - 6c; 3t; 5c; 7c; 6t; 4c; 7t; 2c; 4t

#20 - 2c; 5c; 3t; 4c; 3t; 6c; 2t; 2c; 6t  (2 under)

#21 - 3c; 1t; 6c; 4t; 6c; 7c; 2t; 3c; 5t

#22 - 2c; 3t; 2c; 5t; 3c; 5t  (2 under)

#23 - 2c; 1t; 2c; 6t; 2c; 1t; 2c; 4t

#24 - 2c; 3c; 7t; 2c; 3c; 5t; 2c; 7t

#25 - 2c; 5t; 6c; 4t; 6c; 3t; 2c; 5t

#26 - 2c; 6t; 6c; 1t

#27 - 7c; 2t; 7c; 6c; 2t; 1c; 6t; 7c; 1t; 3c; 3t

#28 - 1c; 2t; 6c; 1t; 2c; 6t; 3c; 7t

#29 - 2c; 6c; 4t; 2c; 2t; 7c; 7t; 1c; 3t

#30 - 5c; 2t; 7c; 5c; 4t; 1c; 4c; 5t


e. Hard

#1 - 5c; 6c; 1t; 7c; 5t  (2 under)

#2 - 5c; 3t; 5c; 3t; 5c; 6c; 2t

#3 - 1c; 4c; 7c; 2t; 1c; 7c; 4t

#4 - 5c; 5t; 6c; 7c; 4t; 6c; 7c; 5t

#5 - 1c; 2c; 4t; 3c; 5t; 1c; 2c; 3t

#6 - 1c; 5c; 6t; 6c; 4t; 5c; 6t; 5c; 3t

#7 - 5c; 1t; 5c; 2t; 1c; 5t

#8 - 7c; 7t

#9 - 1c; 7c; 4t; 1c; 2c; 6t; 1c; 2t

#10 - 1c; 7t; 1c; 2t; 2c; 5t; 7c; 2t

#11 - 2c; 4t; 2c; 7t; 3c; 2t; 6c; 5t; 3c; 6t

#12 - 6c; 5t; 3c; 4t; *then very quickly* 3c; 6t

#13 - 1c; 6c; 5t; 1c; 4c; 6t; 4c; 7t

#14 - 4c; 5c; 6t; 5c; 4t; 5c; 5t

#15 - 6c; 1t; 6c; 5t; 3c; 4c; 6t

#16 - 3c; 1t; 3c; 4c; 6t

#17 - 5c; 4t; 5c; 1t; 6c; 7t; 5c; 6t

#18 - 4c; 2t; 1c; 4t; 1c; 7t

#19 - 5c; 7c; 6t; 4c; 5t

#20 - 4c; 5t; 4c; 3t; 4c; 5t  (1 under)

#21 - 3c; 6c; 4t; 4c; 6c; 7c; 1t

#22 - 7c; 1t; 3c; 4c; 7t

#23 - 2c; 1t; 5c; 4t; 6c; 2t

#24 - 1c; 3t; 4c; 7t; 1c; 4t; 1c; 3t

#25 - 1c; 6t; 3c; 7t; 7c; 1t; 1c; 6t

#26 - 6c; 5t; 4c; 2t; 4c; 3t; 1c; 4t; 1c; 7t

#27 - 3c; 1t; 4c; 3t; 4c; 3t; 1c; 4t

#28 - 4c; 5t; 3c; 4t; 2c; 3t; 1c; 6t; 7c; 2t; 7c; 1t; 7c; 7t

#29 - 2c; 1t; 4c; 5c; 2t

#30 - 2c; 3t; 4c; 3t; 5c; 1t


f. Very Hard

#1 - 3c; 6c; 5t; 3c; 6t; 5c; 3t; *then very quickly* 4c; 6c; 5t  (2 under)

#2 - complicated. First, do 1c; 2t; 6c; 3t. Then as soon as you've
     done that very quickly do all of 1c; 7c; 3t. In particular, you
     have to do those two catches before the yellow drops disappear.

#3 - 7c; 2t; 1c; 7t; 7c; 1t; 4c; 4t; *then very quickly* 5c; 1t

#4 - 2c; 1t; 7c; 6c; 5t; 7c; 5t; 6c; 4t; 7c; 6t

#5 - 2c; 7t; 5c; 4t; 2c; 6c; 5t; 2c; 6c; 7t

#6 - 6c; 4c; 2t; 1c; 3c; 7t

#7 - 1c; 3t; 1c; 2t; 6c; 7t; 7c; 6t

#8 - 4c; 1t; 4c; 5t; 1c; 4t

#9 - 7c; 4t; 2c; 6c; 3t  (1 under)

#10 - 7c; 2t; 1c; 2t; 1c; 7c; 3t

#11 - 3c; 4t; 2c; 6c; 3t

#12 - 6c; 5t; 6c; 3t; 6c; 2t; 5c; 7c; 6t; 7c; 5t

#13 - 7c; 4t; 1c; 7t; 6c; 5t; 6c; 2t; 1c; 3t; 3c; 5t

#14 - 1c; 7c; 3t; 1c; 7t; 4c; 4t

#15 - 2c; 4t; 6c; 5t; 6c; 2t; 3c; 6t; 2c; 3t; 2c; 3c; 4t

#16 - 3c; 4t; 3c; 6t; 3c; 5t; 5c; 6c; 3t

#17 - 5c; 6t; 3c; 5t

#18 - 7c; 1t; 3c; 1t; 2c; 2t; 1c; 2t

#19 - 2c; 7c; 1t; 4c; 3t; 7c; 4t; 2c; 6t

#20 - 1c; 4t; 7c; 5c; 1t; 3c; 5c; 7t; 3c; 2t; 6c; 3t

#21 - 1c; 4t; 5c; 2t; 1c; 5t; 7c; 6c; 3t; 7c; 3t  (1 under)

#22 - 1c; 4t; 6c; 3t; 1c; 7c; 6t; 7c; 5t; 7c; 4t

#23 - 1c; 3t; 1c; 4t; 1c; 2t; 3c; 5c; 1t; 1c; 6t

#24 - 5c; 6t; 2c; 4c; 6t; 1c; 4t; 1c; 3t; 1c; 3t

#25 - 1c; 3c; 5c; 7t; 7c; 6c; 5c; 1c; 3t; 6c; 4c; 2t

#26 - complicated. First do 7c; 5c; 2t; 5c; 4t; 6c; 6t. Then as soon
      as the yellow drops on the right disappear, quickly do 7c then
      1t. Once everything settles down, finish it off with 1c; 7t.

#27 - 5c; 7t; 2c; 6t; 1c; 2t; 1c; 4t; 5c; 1t

#28 - 7c; 4t; 7c; 2t; 7c; 2t; 7c; 5t; 7c; 3t

#29 - 4c; 2t; 7c; 6t; 7c; 4t; 1c; 7t; 1c; 5t

#30 - 3c; 4c; 6t; 3c; 5t; 3c; 4t; 1c; 3t; 7c; 1t


g. Expert

#1 - 5c; 3t; 5c; 2t; 5c; 6t; 7c; 4t; 1c; 7t

#2 - 4c; 1t; 4c; 2t; 5c; 1t; 6c; 7c; 3t

#3 - 5c; 2t; 3c; 1t; *then very quickly* 5c; 4t; 7c; 2t

#4 - 1c; 4c; 7t; 4c; 7t; 2c; 1t

#5 - 3c; 5t; 4c; 3t; 1c; 7c; 4t

#6 - 4c; 2t; 5c; 7t; 6c; 5t; 6c; 4t; 3c; 2t; *then very quickly* 3c; 6t

#7 - 2c; 6t; 7c; 4t; 1c; 7t; 2c; 7t; 3c; 4t; 2c; 3t; 3c; 5t

#8 - 5c; 2t; 1c; 5t; 1c; 5c; 4t; 4c; 7t; 3c; 4t

#9 - 1c; 3t; 1c; 3t; 6c; 1t; 1c; 6t; 4c; 5c; 6t  (1 under)

#10 - 4c; 5c; 7t; 7c; 4t; 6c; 7t; 3c; 5c; 2t

#11 - 1c; 4t; 1c; 7t; 1c; 5t; 2c; 1t; 3c; 5t

#12 - 4c; 3t; 4c; 5t; 2c; 4t; 4c; 2t; 4c; 6t; 1c; 7c; 4t

#13 - 2c; 3c; 4t; 4c; 5t; 4c; 3t; 2c; 4c; 6t; 4c; 2t; 1c; 4t

#14 - 1c; 2t; 1c; 3t; 1c; 5t; 1c; 6t; 7c; 1t

#15 - 1c; 7c; 2t; 4c; 5t; 7c; 6t; 7c; 6t; 3c; 7t

#16 - 1c; 2t; 5c; 3t; 7c; 1t; 1c; 5t; 7c; 5t

#17 - 7c; 2t; 6c; 2t; 1c; 6t; 7c; 6t; 1c; 4t; 7c; 4t; 1c; 7t

#18 - 1c; 3t; 3c; 5t; 3c; 1t; 4c; 6t; 4c; 7c; 3t

#19 - 1c; 3t; 3c; 2t; 5c; 4t; 5c; 6t; 4c; 5t; 6c; 2t; 3c; 4t

#20 - 3c; 4c; 5t; 4c; 5t; 4c; 5t; 4c; 3t; 4c; 3t; 1c; 7c; 4t

#21 - 4c; 1t; 7c; 6t; 4c; 5t; 4c; 3t; 4c; 2t; 4c; 7t; 4c; 4t

#22 - 3c; 4t; 3c; 1t; 6c; 2t; 7c; 4t

#23 - 1c; 6t; 3c; 4t; 7c; 1t; 5c; 7t

#24 - 1c; 2t; 7c; 6t; 1c; 6t; 6c; 7t

#25 - 2c; 1t; 2c; 7c; 4t; 6c; 1t; 6c; 7c; 2t

#26 - 1c; 5c; 7t; 5c; 6t; 5c; 1t; 2c; 5t

#27 - 1c; 4t; 3c; 6t; 7c; 1t; 5c; 7c; 3t

#28 - 4c; 6c; 1t; 7c; 2t; 7c; 2t; 4c; 7t

#29 - 5c; 6t; 5c; 3t; 1c; 5t; 1c; 4t  (2 under)

#30 - 2c; 3c; 7t; 2c; 3t; 2c; 7t; 1c; 5c; 2t


5. Contacting me
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You can email me at russell.marks@ntlworld.com. While I think the FAQ
is probably pretty much as good as it's going to get, if you have any
suggestions I'd be happy to hear them.


-Rus.