Wicked Reviews (Atari ST)

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I'm not surprised to see that both games are graphically identical, but the bouncy tunes on the ST version don't really fit the game so well, which does something to dampen the atmosphere so essential to Wicked's enjoyment. Gameplay remains as thrilling however.
A brilliant game. Original, addictive, but, most importantly, weird. Check it out.
ST/Amiga Format (Jul, 1989)
Wicked is a weird game, it combines strategy and arcade action with tarot and astrology to produce an incredibly addictive game, for a while. There are three styles of game that you can play: tactical bias, standard mix and arcade bias, which cater for most players, but in the long term you may well get bored of just shooting growth. Actually completing the game will take a long time because on later constellations there are hordes of evil portals and the computer plays much more intelligently. If you do eventually win you're unlikely to play again, but you might still load it up occasionally to listen to the music. Thoroughly enjoyable and with plenty of occult references - what more could you want from a game?
The One (Jul, 1989)
Some kind of variation on the basic structure or a bonus level might have generated more long-term interest; having said that, Wicked is initially very addictive and makes the most of its occult connections. Combined with the suitably spooky music, the bold and colourful graphics, straight from a tarot deck create an eerily supernatural atmosphere. The only real failing is that its just a little bit repetitive - but not excessively so - and therefore may appeal more to the arcade enthusiast rather than the strategist.
Die Grafik des Spiels ist eigentlich nur Mittelmaß, die Effekte aber, die haben es zum Teil in sich. Das Aufrollen der Sternenkarte zum Beispiel. Oder die Anfangs- und Endsequenzen. Bei beiden Rechnerversionen ist die Grafik absolut identisch. Auch im Spielablauf gibt es keinerlei Unterschiede. Die gibt es beim Sound. In beiden Versionen werden Digi-Sounds benutzt. Etwas merkwürdig ist, daß beim Amiga einige Sounds vorkommen, die es beim ST nicht gibt und umgekehrt. Auch die Begleitmusiken zum Spiel sind total verschieden. Beide sind gut, doch während beim Amiga eine düstere, getragene Melodie erklingt, ist das Ganze beim ST etwas rockiger. Ich persönlich finde zwar, daß die Amiga-Musik besser zum Spiel paßt, bin aber der Meinung, daß dies eine reine Geschmacksache ist. Beide Spiel-Versionen sind auf alle Fälle ihr Geld wert. Vor allem, weil hier mal eine etwas ungewöhnliche Idee gut umgesetzt wurde.