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Wizard's Lair

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
3.1
ZX Spectrum
...
3.9
Commodore 64
...
3.0
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Description

Building on the basic gameplay and visual ideas of Ultimate's Atic Atac, Wizard's Lair stars an explorer named Pothole Pete, who is stuck in the Lair unless he can find all four pieces of the Golden Lion. The game is viewed slightly top-down, with indoor rooms bordered by line drawn vectors rather than the fuller jungle graphics.

The pace of the game is quite fast, and the challenge of the action elements is increased by not having infinite weaponry. The route through the game is non-linear, with multiple exits and secret rooms commonplace. Although the screens always contain a particular area, rather than the sections of different areas viewed in Atic Atac (meaning that the player would often have to work out how to reach some sections via other screens), a river is a central aspect of the layout, delimiting some sections of the screens.

Screenshots

Wizard's Lair ZX Spectrum A shame Pete skipped those swimming classes, I guess?
Wizard's Lair ZX Spectrum Can't get to the gold
Wizard's Lair MSX Game Over
Wizard's Lair Amstrad CPC A river.

Alternate Titles

  • "Wizards Lair" -- Alternate spelling

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 8.5 out of 10 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 8.5 out of 10 85
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum May, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum May, 1985 5.5 out of 15 37

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