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

Wizardry 6, 7, and 8 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wizardry 6, 7, and 8
Wizardry I・II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Wizardry I・II

Selected Screenshots

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