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Wizard Wars

DOS - 1988

Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Turn-based
Publisher Paragon Software Corporation
Developer Out of the Blue, Inc.
4.27 / 5 - 11 votes

Description of Wizard Wars

The third Paragon game is set in a fantasy world of wizards vying for power. It's based on pretty much the same primitive engine used in Alien Fires 2199 AD, but this time gameplay is a bit improved, as winning combat takes some skills (e.g. choosing spells to cast) although the randomness is still a factor.

The plot: you are wizard Temeres, whose tasks are to reunite the White Unicorn with the Black Unicorn to restore the cosmic balance, and defeat evil wizard Aldorin in a magical combat. The game boasts over 50 fantastic creatures to encounter, 85 magical objects to collect, 3 dimensions, and over 30 exciting enchanted kingdoms to explore. Despite this large gameworld, however, most encounters are resolved in a seemingly random person.

The manual touts a "sophisticated combat generation factoring in time of day, weapons, armor, strength and magic spells," but either the game engine fails to do that or else those factors are hidden very well from the player, because I won most combats very easily. Last but not least, the game has a very atrocious 3D maze which you must carefully map.

Overall, Wizard Wars could have been a much better game had the designers spend more time with user interface and balancing out game mechanics. The best thing about the game is the cool freebies that came in the box: a very nice wizard's spell book and magical pouch (similar to the one included in Infocom's Journey box). Overall, it's a well-conceived game that wasn't so well executed.

Review By HOTUD

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Jason 2017-11-23 0 point

Wizard Wars spell ingredients

This list is missing the 'Cure Disease' spell ingredients.

DEATH CHANT
Corrupted rose
Dragon's skull
Onyx kriss
Ebon walnut
Sword of Mazeus

DISMISSAL
An octagonal bar of topaz
Garlic
Sacred Water

DISPERSE MAGIC
Tiger's eye
Ebon pearl
Pewter goblet

EARTH TREMOR
Sapphire hammer
Rocksalt
Marbles

EVOKE FALCON
A scarlet gem
A feather
An iron dagger

PASSION
Flowers of passion and soul
A diamond
Enchanted shaft

REMOVE BANE
Ivory horn
A twig of Firethorn
A small mirror

RESTORATION
A gold coin
Scroll of wisdom
A quill

REVISIBILITY
Quartz prism
Amethyst figurine

Merkley 2015-08-11 1 point DOS version

...so the game's goal is unicorn sex? How cute ^w^

admin 2011-04-27 0 point DOS version

That's right, I changed the game in the archive, thank you.

havar 2011-04-25 0 point DOS version

Hey! The game inside this zip isn't Wizard Wars. It's Wizard's Crown.

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