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Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom (SNES)

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Despite the defeat of Trebor, Werdna, and L'kbreth, dark times once again threaten the kingdom of Llylgamyn. Once again, a party of adventurers must venture forth to vanquish the evil.

Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom returns to the gameplay concept of the first three installments of the series, abandoning the unusual premise of its predecessor. As in the initial games, the gameplay consists of exploring a vast maze-like dungeon with a custom party created and outfitted in the game's only town. This installment offers larger mazes, new spells and character classes, and an expanded system for fighting and interacting with creatures. It is also the first game in the series that allows, but does not require importing characters from a previous scenario.


Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom SNES Finding a chest after battle - better check it for traps
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom SNES Combat options
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom SNES Inspecting a character
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom SNES Fighting a Blackfly

Alternate Titles

  • "ウィザードリィV 災渦の中心" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Changes nothing, gets better D Michael (221) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

Total! (Germany) May, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
Consoles Plus May, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Game Players Jul, 1994 70 out of 100 70
GamePro (US) Jun, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Mega Fun Jul, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1994 5.8 out of 10 58


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This was the first game in the Wizardry series that did not involve either Robert Woodhead or Andrew Greenberg, the developers of the original "Wizardry 1: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord". It was instead the first of several in the Wizardry series designed by D.W. Bradley.
PCGamer77 (3020) added Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom (SNES) on Jun 10, 2002
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