4 out of 5
Original and imaginative retro fun
This is the follow-up to the classic shooter Wizball
, published by Ocean and developed by Sensible Software, who are perhaps best known for Sensible Soccer
and the Cannon Fodder
series. This game continues the story of the first game's wizard and his cat, but changes the style to something more like an arcade adventure with puzzle elements, which makes for a curious game but one which is well worth investigating. After Wiz and the cat Nifta saved the world in the previous game, an evil mouse wizard has come along and kidnapped them both, along with several kittens, so it now falls to the wizard's son to save them, which is where the player comes in. There are nine levels here, each themed differently and which include a graveyard, a circus and a giant turtle's back, and the player controls the Wizkid's disembodied head with the basic aim of knocking the various objects which litter the screen onto the enemies which are wandering around. Once the enemies have been dispatched, you have a limited time to collect the coins they drop before play moves onto the next section. Throw into the mix some rather bizarre and humorous puzzle-oriented levels which see you distracting angry dogs and other such random activities and you have all the makings of an intriguing and highly original game. Wizkid might not be the most complex game in the world, but it certainly is enjoyable in a mad, 1980s kind of way and this should appeal to fans of Nebulus
, Solomon's Key
and other such quirky retro gems. The graphics are nice and vibrant with some good variety in the imaginatively designed levels and while it isn't overly difficult, there is a lot of fun to be had here so this is definitely worth checking out.
3 out of 5
A sweet puzzler, action adventure game
The gist of Wizkid is that it includes a lot of minigames all focused on the main character who is a bouncing ball which is poised on destruction. Don't be too scared, this premise might sound like the apocalypse but the game is actually very colorful and very ok to be played by a child. What you will be doing 90 percent of the time will be to demolish set pieces containing tiles, circles, beads and so on, while trying to stay away from bees and other dangers that are threatening you. The more you progress, the more complicated the designs become and also, the harder it will be to avoid your followers. Luckily enough, Wizkid, the protagonist is very fast and swift. But this can be a problem, as you will need to control him very stiffly in order to avoid being caught. Unfortunately the game gets very repetitive very quickly, everything will repeat, the enemies, the tiles the patterns of the tiles and so on. So, the best way to play this is to do it in very short bursts. Later on in the game you can expect some surprises and some changes in the gameplay mechanics, but you have to have patience.