Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Wizard Wartz

I decided to try Wizard Warz so I could blitz through it. It's a funny old game. You play a wizard who has to war against other wizards - so far, so obvious from the title. At the start of the game, you get to choose 4 spells, and apparently you can find more as you progress, though I never got that far. You wander around the map finding towns that give you food (to get health back) or enemy wizard to duel against. When you encounter an enemy wizard, you warp to an arena to duel him. This is basically just a mini-map that you can wander round with lots of pits to fall into. The enemy wizard is also running around this mini map and when he encounters you, he'll start flinging spells your way. It's up to you to respond in kind. Each wizard has different strengths and weaknesses, so you need to choose the appropriate spells to exploit his weaknesses and defeat him. Once you defeat him you'll get some kind of treasure that you need to deposit at one of the towns. The controls make it trickier than it should be (num-pad for directions and '5' for fire), but after a little while I started to get the hang of it. The problem was, I kept on dying from cumulative damage built up from earlier fights. You have three energy levels, all of which mean death if they reach zero, and none of which recharge. I figured out you could replace physical energy by eating the food found in cities, but I couldn't work out how to replace mental energy. So, after a couple of fights I'd be so whittled down that I didn't have a chance of beating the next guy. I'm sure a reading of the manual might of helped, but bah - I figure I've seen most of what the game had to offer me, so I'm ready to move on. I will say, though, that it was quite an enjoyable little system, and I can imagine a multiplayer modern remake would be pretty fun.

The next game up on the randometer is...Eric the Unready. Cool! This is something that I always wanted to play back in the day but I think I only ever played a demo. It's one of those spruced-up text adventures that arrived in the 90s, but this is a comedy game. I'm quite looking forward to it.

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