Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Wizball (Commodore 64)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
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Description

In Wizball the player takes the role of the friendly wizard Wiz who can turn himself into a green ball that is able to defend his world against the color-sucking enemies who have turned his once brightly colored Wizworld into a drab planet. With his trusty feline companion Catelite, the wizard will restore the colors to the world by retrieving them from defeated enemies.

The player starts out as a bouncing green ball that can shoot and be put into more or less heavy rotation to move slowly or faster, physically correct through the side-scrolling levels. The first task is to upgrade the ball by shooting the first non-moving enemies, and collect the green bubbles that are left by them. In order to stand a chance against the following moving enemy waves, some upgrades are a must. First and foremost, complete control over the ball should be activated (i.e. flying through the levels), a shield sheltering the top and bottom of the player's should be acquired, and two-way fire (left/right) should be obtained.

But the extra needed to advance in Wizball is your friend Catelite who will, once summoned, take the form of a small green satellite that will imitate the ball's movement, or can be directly controlled by the player. Besides upping Wiz' fire power, Catelite is able to collect paint drops left by a certain kind of defeated enemies until the respective color pot is filled up. There's three colors available (red, green and blue), and several different combinations of them must be collected to complete a level and restore it to former colorfulness. Every color combination collected will send Wiz to a bonus stage, then to his laboratory where one of the power-ups can be made permanently.

The game also features a bunch of multi-player modes, there's even a two-player cooperative mode amongst them.

Screenshots

Wizball Commodore 64 Blast that wave.
Wizball Commodore 64 Collect droplets of colour with the cat
Wizball Commodore 64 Moved up to Level 2.
Wizball Commodore 64 Title Screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Wiz Ball" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

Add a little bit of color to your world *Katakis* (37795) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

Your Commodore Aug, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Jul, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Jul, 1987 96 out of 100 96
Happy Computer 1986 92 out of 100 92
Commodore User Sep, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Commodore Format May, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Oberoende COMputer (S) Sep 24, 1987 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Wizball appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Andreas Axelsson

Andreas Axelsson, founder of and programmer at Digital Illusions (Pinball Dreams, Motorhead, Battlefield 1942 etc), said in an interview that Wizball was his all time favourite game.:

I always think about this game and how to recreate it.

Releases

About the platforms and publishers: Originally released as a booting game in Europe, Mindscape had the developers recompile to a DOS version to market in the US. Later, Mindscape's Thunder Mountain title remarketed it at bargain-bin prices.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 01/1988 - Best Action Game in 1987
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - Best C64 Game '87
    • 1987 - Best Music Track '87 (High score music)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #25 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ZZAP! 64
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Shoot-'em-up (readers choice)
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Sound Effects (readers choice)
Information also contributed by Grov

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Isak (603) added Wizball (Commodore 64) on Apr 13, 2003
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