DescriptionWizard of Wor is an arcade shooter played from a top-down point of view.
The player controls a "Worrior" 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. The players can cooperate to better defend against the enemy hordes — but shooting the other player's Worrior grants a large score bonus, which can potentially encourage competitive play.
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- "Wizard" -- Swedish C64 title
- "The Incredible Wizard" -- Bally Astrocade title
- "Le Magicien de Wor" -- French title
- "ウィザード・オブ・ウォー" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Group
|Chaos in the Land of Wor||Commodore 64||*Katakis* (38318)|
|The Atari Times||Atari 2600||Feb 04, 2008||95 out of 100||95|
|The Video Game Critic||Atari 2600||Apr 29, 2002||A-||91|
|All Game Guide||Arcade||1998||90|
|The Video Game Critic||Atari 8-bit||May 05, 2013||B+||83|
|All Game Guide||Atari 2600||1998||80|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||Commodore 64||Dec, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|All Game Guide||Bally Astrocade||1999||80|
|8-bit Central Retro Gaming||Atari 5200||2011||70|
|The Video Game Critic||Atari 5200||Jul 16, 2004||B-||67|
|TeleMatch||Atari 2600||Jul, 1983||3 out of 6||60|
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C64 versionsWizard of Wor 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.
Related Web Sites
- CBS Video Games - Wizard of Wor - With John Madden (1983) (advertisement for the game with John Madden in 1983, hosted on YouTube.)