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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Wizardry 6, 7, and 82013WindowsNight Dive Studios...
Wizardry 6+72013WindowsGamepot Inc.5.00
Wizardry Online2013WindowsSony Online Entertainment Inc....
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls2009iPhone, PlayStation 3XSEED Games4.06
Wizardry Xth: Unlimited Students2006PlayStation 2Michaelsoft Inc.4.00
Wizardry Xth: Academy of Frontier2005PlayStation 2Michaelsoft Inc.4.00
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land2001PlayStation 2Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.50
Wizardry 82001Macintosh, WindowsEncore, Inc.4.11
Wizardry: Summoner2001Game Boy AdvanceNatsume, Inc.4.20
The Ultimate Wizardry Archives1998DOS, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.51
Wizardry: Llylgamyn Saga1997PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.3.57
Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure1996DOS, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.65
Wizardry Gold1996Macintosh, WindowsSir-tech Software, Inc.3.83
Wizardry III・IV 1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft4.44
Wizardry Trilogy 21994DOSSir-tech Software, Inc.5.00
Wizardry: The New Generation1994DOSSoftgold Computerspiele GmbH5.00
Wizardry I・II1993TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft4.47
Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant1992DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.02
Wizardry: The Second Episode - Curse of the Ancient Emperor1992Game BoyASCII Corporation...
Wizardry: The First Episode - Suffering of the Queen1991Game BoyASCII Corporation...
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SNESSir-tech Software, Inc.4.12
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: The Return of Werdna - The Fourth Scenario1987Apple II, FM-7, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1Sir-tech Software, Inc.3.59
The Wizardry Trilogy: Scenarios I, II & III1987Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterSir-tech Software, Inc.4.62
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
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Selected Covers

Wizardry Gold Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wizardry Gold

Selected Screenshots

Title screen of the Windows version. The original resolution of 640x480 was not scaled to fit the screen, leaving a black frame around the game window on higher resolutions.
Screenshot from Wizardry Gold