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Wizards & Warriors (Windows)

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Description

The land of Gael Cerran is in trouble. An evil ruler named Lord Cet, thought to be long vanquished, has been mysteriously resurrected. There is only one way left to defeat him once again - by wielding the magical Mavin Sword, forged from two metals bearing the property of the opposite forces, good and evil. The Oracles of Ishad N'Ha have charged a group of adventurers with the task of finding the sword and putting an end to Lord Cet.

Wizards & Warriors is a traditional role-playing game similar in many ways to Wizardry series. In the beginning the player creates a party of up to six characters, choosing between ten races and four initial classes. The races include, besides traditional fantasy humanoids, animal-like creatures such as the boar-like Gourk or the Omphaaz, which resemble elephants. Each race is available in both genders and comes with bonuses and penalties to base attributes, as well as unique traits, such as improved treasure-hunting for Ratlings or night vision for the feline Whiskahs. The four initial classes (Warrior, Rogue, Priest, and Wizard) can be promoted to eight elite classes and three special ones, which include such rare professions as Valkyrie and Zenmaster, and require completion of specific tasks.

The party starts in one of the few available towns, with still pictures representing locations (town hall, inn, armory, etc.), and navigation limited to clicking on them. However, the rest of the exploration (outdoors and in dungeons) is done in full 3D, with free exploration and camera rotation. Dungeons are connected by roads, forest paths, and other areas, and the player is usually able to explore freely, though access to certain locations may be restricted. Enemies can be found on set spots or appear randomly; the frequency of their appearance, as well as the overall difficulty, can be regulated in the main menu.

Combat is real-time from the distance, but becomes turn-based when standing near the enemy. Magic comes in six schools: Spirit, Sun, Moon, Vine, Stone, and Fiend, with seven levels of spells each, and several spells per level. Casting spells drains the mage's mana pool. Characters can only cast spells within their own schools, with intensity of magic depending on his skill level, and limited by the amount of spell points in the school. Characters may join various guilds available in the game and thus gain access to special quests and promotions, take jobs, and perform other side quests.

Screenshots

Wizards & Warriors Windows The automap is very helpful! Note my funny Omphaaz character
Wizards & Warriors Windows Title screen
Wizards & Warriors Windows The first thing to do: create a party of adventurers in the local inn!
Wizards & Warriors Windows Visiting a temple. Note the cool character animation

Alternate Titles

  • "巫师与勇士" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Wizards & Warriors: Quest for the Mavin Sword" -- Informal name
  • "Swords & Sorcery: Come Devils, Come Darkness" -- Working title
  • "Deep6" -- Working title

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User Reviews

If you are a RPG-Veteran or Wizardry-Lover, this is a must-have! Daniel Martin (17) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A very engrossing RPG with some large problems BreadSlicer (3) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A decent game, but not what we all expected from Bradley weregamer (157) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
Nice try, but there are many better games available frank rieter (136) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars

The Press Says

Electric Games 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 2000 79 out of 100 79
4Players.de Nov 09, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Gamer's Pulse Oct 31, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Armchair Empire, The Jan 01, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Oct 12, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Spel för Alla Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GamesFirst! Oct 31, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

The game was slated to be a Virgin Interactive release. When the USA branch of Virgin was shutdown, EA kept its Westwood branch alive. "Swords & Sorcery" (including "NOX") development was continued under the Westwood label. Heuristic Park and Westwood parted ways a year later. Another year later, Activision voiced an interest in publishing the RPG as "Wizards & Warriors"


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Kasey Chang (3652) added Wizards & Warriors (Windows) on Dec 22, 2000