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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.4
Overall User Score (5 votes) 4.4

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Jul, 1994)
You won't hear the usual CD putdowns ("Nice slide show man!") about Sega's Dark Wizard. Here's a strategy/role-playing game for the Sega CD that, while wonderfully appointed in digitized voices and sumptuous graphics, also has the right stuff in the gameplay department.
Netjak (Jun 29, 2002)
Overall Dark Wizard is one of the finest titles ever produced in my opinion. With the exception of Iron Storm (my second favorite turn based strategy game ever) on the Saturn and the Shining Force series no other turn based strategy game comes close. Not even the ultra hyped Final Fantasy Tactics with it's micro sized maps. If you happen to be one of the few who still own a Sega CD and are into this type of game then I highly recommend tracking a copy of this game down. This game is simply a must play for all fans of the genre.
90 (Jun 24, 2004)
I can wholly recommend Dark Wizard not only as one of the best games on the Sega CD, but as one of the best console strategy/RPG games ever released. Take some time to hunt this one down and spend some time in Quentin. You won't regret your purchase.
Shin Force (Aug 14, 1999)
If you like Strategy/RPGs like Shining Force or Master of Monsters, then Dark Wizard is a must have. Sega is a master of this genre and it shows in quality and quantity. Unfortunately, this game is hard to find so good luck finding it...
Defunct Games (Jul 28, 2007)
Thanks to games like this, I'm a fan of Strategy/RPG games for life. Sure the battles can get repetitive, but I never seem to get tired of thinking in order to win (which of course, I always do!). There are four rulers to choose from when you begin: Armer IX (Prince), Robin (Cavalry Leader), Amon (Puppetmaster), and Krystal (Sorceress). No two games are ever the same, which helps the game's replay and overall value making it a must own for Sega CD owners and fans of Strategy/RPG adventures.
Megablast (Jun, 1994)
Die etwas farbarme, aber detaillierte Grafik mit den eher spartanischen Kampfsequenzen ist für eine CD zwar keine Offenbarung, doch der Sound kommt bombastisch, und das Handling geht in Ordnung. Wie einst „Warsong“ bezieht auch Dark Wizard seine Hauptmotivation aus einer tollen Story, die noch durch zusätzliche Rollenspiel-Elemente angereichert wurde. Mag das Konzept also auch nicht unbedingt neu sein, gut spielbar ist es allemal. Und alleine schon die vielen, vielen Rüstungen, Zaubersprüche und Spezialgegenstände (von denen ein Großteil ausführlich im Handbuch beschrieben wird) machen das ausgefeilte Japano-Strategical auf dem Mega CD konkurrenzlos.
Mega Fun (May, 1994)
Ich verwette meinen rechten Arm darauf, daß hinter diesem Spiel das gleiche Programmierteam steckt wie bei Master Of Monsters. Spielablauf und Grafikstil sind nahezu identisch, so daß man sich schon nach wenigen Minuten heimisch fühlt. Bei der vorliegenden CD-Version hält sich die Begeisterung aber in Grenzen, da die Programmierer zwei folgenschwere Fehler begangen haben. Die Kampfsequenzen bestehen nur aus mäßig animierten Sprites vor schwarzem Hintergrund und die ständigen Nachladezeiten vor jedem Kampf nerven gewaltig, da sich das Spiel so unnötig in die Länge zieht. Zwar kann man die Kampfsequenzen im Optionsmenü ausschalten, doch damit geht auch ein Teil der Atmosphäre flöten. Fazit: Ein komplexes, aber technisch liebloses Strategiespiel, das nur Hardcore-Spieler begeistern dürfte.
Game Players (Jun, 1994)
Although it sounds like a traditional role-player, Dark Wizard is really more of a war game and is best suited to players who like their carts heavy with strategy. Fantasy RPG fans will be disappointed, but if you like your characters armed to the teeth and ready to do battle, you've come to the right kingdom.
Another RPG for the Sega CD! Excellent cinemas and battle sequences will please Sega CD fans wanting more of this type of game for the system. Definitely not for all tastes, but fans of Lunar will enjoy it.