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Wizardry games

Group Description

Wizardry is a series of role-playing games originally developed by Sir-tech. The first game, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981), is widely considered one of the progenitors of the genre, alongside Ultima. The game required the player to create a party of six characters, selecting between races and classes influenced by D&D scenarios. The player then explored a maze-like pseudo-3D dungeon, fighting randomly appearing enemies in turn-based combat. Subsequent installments were for the most part based on this template. The main series ended with the release of Wizardry 8 (2001), the last Wizardry game developed by Sir-tech.

Early Wizardry games had a considerable influence on the development of role-playing games. In particular, they proved to be popular in Japan, influencing early Xtalsoft RPGs, Dragon Quest and to a certain extent Phantasy Star. Random enemy encounters and party turn-based combat mechanics eventually became the staple element of the Japanese RPG genre.

This group includes the main series as well as spin-offs.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #2 Most Memorable Game Villain (Werdna)

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord1981Apple II, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1, WonderSwan ColorNEXOFT Corporation3.63
Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - The Second Scenario1982Apple II, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1ASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.3.25
Wizardry: Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Third Scenario1983Apple II, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1Sir-tech Software, Inc.3.74
The Wizardry Trilogy: Scenarios I, II & III1987Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterSir-tech Software, Inc.4.62
Wizardry: The Return of Werdna - The Fourth Scenario1987Apple II, FM-7, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1Sir-tech Software, Inc.3.59
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom1988Apple II, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, FM Towns, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, SNES, TurboGrafx CDCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.16
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SNESSir-tech Software, Inc.4.12
Wizardry: The First Episode - Suffering of the Queen1991Game BoyASCII Corporation...
Wizardry: The Second Episode - Curse of the Ancient Emperor1992Game BoyASCII Corporation...
Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant1992DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.02
Wizardry I・II1993TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft4.47
Wizardry: The New Generation1994DOSSoftgold Computerspiele GmbH5.00
Wizardry III・IV 1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft4.44
Wizardry Trilogy 21994DOSSir-tech Software, Inc.5.00
Wizardry Gold1996Macintosh, WindowsSir-tech Software, Inc.3.83
Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure1996DOS, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.65
Wizardry: Llylgamyn Saga1997PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.3.57
The Ultimate Wizardry Archives1998DOS, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.51
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land2001PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.50
Wizardry: Summoner2001Game Boy AdvanceNatsume, Inc.4.20
Wizardry 82001WindowsEncore, Inc.4.11
Wizardry Xth: Academy of Frontier2005PlayStation 2Michaelsoft Inc.4.00
Wizardry Xth: Unlimited Students2006PlayStation 2Michaelsoft Inc.4.00
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls2009iPhone, PlayStation 3XSEED Games4.06
Wizardry Online2013WindowsSony Online Entertainment Inc....

Selected Covers

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Wizardry I・II
Copyright screen
Screenshot from Wizardry III・IV