IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II

Moby ID: 16074
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The mighty warrior Kuros has defeated the evil wizard Malkil in the previous game. However, Malkil did not perish, and has now taken the shape of the four elements: water, wind, air and fire. Kuros is summoned to the land of Sindarin to destroy Malkil again. In order to accomplish that, he will have to collect the shattered pieces of the legendary Ironsword with the help of the four animal kings, and defeat the elementals who protect Malkil's essence.

Like its predecessor, Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II is a side-scrolling action game with platform elements. Kuros uses swords and spells to fight the enemies in his path. He can also jump and crouch, which is often necessary to move through a stage and avoid taking damage. The game world consists of four domains; in each of those, Kuros must find a golden artifact and bring it back to the animal king residing there. This opens the path to the elemental boss guarding the domain, which must be defeated with spells.

Magic spells can be bought in special locations or found during exploration. They have a variety of functions, e.g. turning enemies into money or food, slowing down enemies, granting Kuros temporary invincibility, or creating fountains that help him reach high areas. Some of these spells disappear after one use, while others consume magic points. Weapon and armor upgrades can also be bought in shops. Kuros can restore his health by eating; food is either scattered throughout the stages or offered at inns.

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Licensed by
  • Nintendo
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  • Acclaim Entertainment Inc.
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  • Rare Ltd

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Average score: 62% (based on 9 ratings)

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Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 20 ratings with 1 reviews)

Second W&W-title, but not much new here.

The Good
The most positive aspect about the whole game is the challenge. Completing the game is far from easy, since each level exists out of an item you must find to appease the animal kings and find the spell to defeat the elementals.

Finding the hidden Sindarin treasures are one of the factors that improve the diversity a little bit. Also, the graphics have been seriously improved, and they make the world of Sindarin much more 'real'.

The Bad
From the very first level you get confronted with one of the minor aspects of the game: the gameplay. Defending or fighting seems almost impossible, and the only way to advance is to receive the blows monsters are dealing. With a limited number of lives, the game won't last too long in the hands of an unexperienced gamer.

One last observation would be that the package and the game don't correspond at all. In fact, both have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

The Bottom Line
Personally, I wasn't much of a fan of the first W&W, but this one was really a sad sight to see. The repulsive gameplay still hasn't improved, and, sadly enough, not many new elements have been added when you compare it with the first one. Not the best thing out there.

NES · by The_Ferryman (12) · 2005

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The model for the game's cover is Fabio Lanzoni, best known for appearing on the covers of numerous romance novels and being a spokesman for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • September 1989 (Issue 3) - Game of the Month

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Game added by Patriarch K.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Joshua J. Slone, Alaka, Patrick Bregger.

Game added December 28, 2004. Last modified June 9, 2024.