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Wizard of Wor is an arcade shooter played from a top-down point of view.

The player controls a "Worrior" who is trapped in a dungeon. The goal is to earn as many points as possible by shooting the numerous enemy creatures which wander about the maze like corridors. The creatures wander about at various speeds, may shoot darts at the player, and some even have the ability to disappear temporarily. At the bottom of the screen the player has a radar which can be used to locate creatures that are invisible.

When the the player completes a maze, a Worluk sometimes appears. This creature moves rapidly and will only be on the screen momentarily. If the player destroys the creature before it escapes, the next dungeon will become a double score dungeon and all creatures will be worth twice as many points. Occasionally the Wizard of Wor himself may appear! He moves quickly and can teleport around the maze. If they destroy him, the player will earn a large amount of points.

The game may be played by one player or two players simultaneously. The players can cooperate to better defend against the enemy hordes — but shooting the other player's Worrior grants a large score bonus, which can potentially encourage competitive play.


Wizard of Wor Commodore 64 One of the many dungeons
Wizard of Wor Commodore 64 Level 2 (Japanese cartridge version)
Wizard of Wor Atari 8-bit Title Screen
Wizard of Wor Atari 5200 Yikes, an enemy is chasing you!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Wizard" -- Swedish C64 title
  • "The Incredible Wizard" -- Bally Astrocade title
  • "Le Magicien de Wor" -- French title
  • "ウィザード・オブ・ウォー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Chaos in the Land of Wor Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (39757)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Bally Astrocade Jan 19, 2016 A+ 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Feb 04, 2008 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 29, 2002 A- 91
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Atari 5200 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Commodore 64 Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Jul 16, 2004 B- 67
Tilt Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 3 out of 6 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
American Release of the C64? 2 Kabushi (214542)
Mar 24, 2017


C64 versions

Wizard of Wor was in fact ported twice to the C64. The first port was done for the release of the C64, and its little brother, the MAX Machine, in Japan. This cartridge was also released by Handic in Scandinavia. A bigger version was then made for the American release of the C64.

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