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The Atari 5200 version of Wizard of Wor does an excellent job of bringing the arcade excitement of the original into your home. It ranks above the other two classic console versions, but surprisingly, only by a slim margin over the Astrocade version.
Wizard of Wor was an arcade favorite and enjoyable on the 5200 once you get past the low-budget graphics and lack of voice synth.
Despite its mediocre graphics, Wizard of Wor is always a good time to play. The monsters move unpredictably, and it's fun to hide around corners and wait as they approach. The radar display at the bottom of the screen is critical to tracking invisible enemies. Once you clear a wave, you face the flying "Warluck" which frantically flutters around the screen until you kill it. Next, the wizard himself appears, teleporting from one area of the maze to the next. To be honest, shooting the wizard involves just as much luck as it does skill. Wizard of Wor's best feature is its two-player simultaneous action. It's great to team up, but keep in mind that you can shoot the other guy! Wizard of Wor may not be much to look it, but its intriguing gameplay can be habit-forming.