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A long time ago, the great wizard Zot forged an orb of power. He soon vanished, leaving behind a vast castle filled with monsters, traps, and great treasures including the orb of power. The player takes the role of a bold adventurer in search of the orb of power and whatever other treasures he can make it out of the castle with.

The Wizard's Castle is a text-based role-playing game. The player creates a character, choosing between the races of elf, human, dwarf, and hobbit, distinguished by their personal statistics (strength, intelligence, and dexterity). The player can also choose the initial weapons, armor, and items to take on the quest. When all is ready, the hero ventures into the dungeon.

Gameplay is in some ways similar to a text adventure, with text descriptions replacing graphics. Simple commands are used to move from room to room, consult a map, or look around. However, many times the player only needs to choose from a several options for the current situation, such as during battles. There are vendors the protagonist can trade with, mystical pools which can give or take away power, warps to far parts of the castle, numerous monsters to fight and assorted treasures to find.

The game was originally written for the Exidy Sorcerer and was later ported to other BASIC platforms.


The Wizard's Castle DOS The map of one level. ? are rooms not yet explored. (1984 GW-Basic version)
The Wizard's Castle DOS Beginning character generation (1984 GW-Basic version)
The Wizard's Castle DOS Let the game begin! (1984 GW-Basic version)
The Wizard's Castle DOS Buying equipment (1984 GW-Basic version)

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Temple of Loth" -- DOS in-game title
  • "The Orb of Zot" -- Alternate pre-release title.
  • "Temple of Loth" -- Alternate pre-release title.
  • "Hobbit Adventure" -- HP-41 port title

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User Reviews

Interesting strategy/adventure/rpg mix, simple but addictive General Error (4364) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
The first RPG running on DOS is a solid one. NĂ©lio (2063) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

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Interactive fiction? Also, splitting 69 Tracy Poff (2025)
Apr 27, 2014


Since this game was written in BASIC and had its source code published, it has enjoyed all sorts of conversions to niche systems and similar languages over its long lifespan, including one for the Sharp MZ-700, Adam Biltcliffe's version in Z-code, an adaptation to Cambridge Z88 BBC BASIC by C.L. Fenn, and ports to the HP-41, TI-83 and TI-89 scientific calculators by Dejan Ristanovic, Raymond Mullikin and Alex Morrise, repectively.

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Servo (57398) added The Wizard's Castle (DOS) on Oct 06, 2002
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