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Wizard of Wor

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 8-bit
...
...
Atari 2600
78
3.5
Atari 5200
...
5.0
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Description

Wizard of Wor is an arcade shooter played from a top-down point of view.

The player controls a warrior who is trapped in a dungeon. The goal is to earn as many points as possible by shooting the numerous enemy creatures which wander about the maze like corridors. The creatures wander about at various speeds, may shoot darts at the player, and some even have the ability to disappear temporarily. At the bottom of the screen the player has a radar which can be used to locate creatures that are invisible.

When the the player completes a maze, a Worluk sometimes appears. This creature moves rapidly and will only be on the screen momentarily. If the player destroys the creature before it escapes, the next dungeon will become a double score dungeon and all creatures will be worth twice as many points. Occasionally the Wizard of Wor himself may appear! He moves quickly and can teleport around the maze. If they destroy him, the player will earn a large amount of points.

The game may be played by one player or two players simultaneously.

Screenshots

Wizard of Wor Commodore 64 Title screen / high scores
Wizard of Wor Atari 8-bit Get Ready....  Go!
Wizard of Wor Arcade Get ready
Wizard of Wor Atari 5200 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Wizard" -- Swedish title
  • "Le Magicien de Wor" -- French title
  • "ウィザード・オブ・ウォー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Chaos in the Land of Wor Commodore 64 *Katakis* (37805)

The Press Says

The Atari Times Atari 2600 Feb 04, 2008 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 29, 2002 A- 91
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit May 05, 2013 B+ 83
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Jul 16, 2004 B- 67
Tilt Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 3 out of 6 60

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Trivia

WoW was in fact ported twice to the C64. The first port was done for the release of the C64, and its little brother, the MAX Machine, in Japan. This cartridge was also released by Handic in Scandinavia. A bigger version was then made for the American release of the C64.

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