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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Computer Gamer (May, 1985)
This is a rather surprising offering from Bubble Bus, mainly because bubble Bus have never produced a game of this quality before. It is rather good. The main comparison has to be with Sabre Wulf, except that this game is much better. The screens are more complex, there are more problems, and the animation is up to an excellent standard. All in all worthwhile and good value.
A worthy sequel to Atic Atac, Wizard's lair is extremely well presented, great fun to play and terrific value for money.
Crash! (Mar, 1985)
Wizard’s Lair has an unusual fast loader, which makes the border flash in wide bands rather like some of the recent Commodore 64 loaders. It also draws the title page very quickly. There is a super key and joystick option menu, and the user definable key menu uses a large graphic of the Spectrum, colouring selected keys in red when you press them. This quality of design goes on into the high-energy game with its Ultimate-standard graphics and sound. It is, of course very similar to Atic Atac but does not suffer by the comparison at all in my opinion. There are still many things to discover — I don’t know what happens when you turn purple yet! It’s fast, playable and highly addictive and I’m sure Bubble Bus, who have done almost nothing before for the Spectrum, must be very pleased with it. I know I am.
Home Computing Weekly (Apr 09, 1985)
In all this would seem to be a case of looking at a good game an re-writing it with the rough edges smoothed off to make an even better game.
Bubble Bus obviously have a clone spell down there in Tonbridge because Wizard's Lair possesses more than a passing resemblance to Atic Atac meets Sabre Wulf. but the game itself is so good that it can't just be rejected as a rip-off.
Sinclair User (May, 1985)
Although the game is plagiaristic in the extreme, it is well programmed and enjoyable. The colour and graphics are as sharp and defined as Atic Atac and the few extra features, including a river which meanders through many screens, effectively dividing them, make the game more challenging.
Sinclair Programs (May, 1985)
Bubble Bus cannot claim originality. What they can claim is that they have produced a very good game. It is fast moving, it is difficult, there is lots to see and lots to do.
Your Sinclair (Nov, 1988)
[Re-release] Great stuff in 1984, but dull beyond belief in these more demanding times. Essentially you just wander about collecting things, making maps, and wondering why you didn't buy a rip-off of Knight Lore instead. Snore city.
Your Spectrum (May, 1985)
Take a dash of Atic Atac ideas, mix in more than a smattering of Sabre Wulf graphics and what've you got? - not a lot.