Game Groups > Wizardry games

Wizardry is a series of role-playing games originally developed by Sir-tech. The first game, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981), is widely considered one of the progenitors of the genre, alongside Ultima. The game required the player to create a party of six characters, selecting between races and classes influenced by D&D scenarios. The player then explored a maze-like pseudo-3D dungeon, fighting randomly appearing enemies in turn-based combat. Subsequent installments were for the most part based on this template.

Wizardry introduced the concept of prestige classes, allowing the player to create versatile and powerful characters belonging to the classes of bishop, lord, ninja, samurai, and valkyrie, available only through large quantities of bonus points received at dice rolls, or by switching to them during the course of the game. The initial entries were set in a traditional fantasy environment with the races typical for the setting; later games incorporated science fiction elements and added exotic playable races such as lizardman, dracon, the feline Felpurr, the canine Rawulf, and the mysterious alien-like Mook.

The first installments in the series were created by Robert Woodhead and Andrew Greenberg. David Bradley was brought to the team as the lead designer of Heart of the Maelstrom (1988). However, it was mainly in Bane of the Cosmic Forge (1990) where his ideas were fully realized, making that entry a turning point in the series with its new skill system, magic disciplines, and a more refined interaction with NPCs. The main series ended with the release of Wizardry 8 (2001), the last Wizardry game developed by Sir-tech. However, several spin-offs designed by Japanese developers were released afterwards.

Early Wizardry games had a considerable influence on the development of role-playing games. In particular, they proved to be popular in Japan, influencing early Xtalsoft RPGs, Dragon Quest and to a certain extent Phantasy Star. Random enemy encounters and party turn-based combat mechanics eventually became the staple element of the Japanese RPG genre.

This group includes the main series as well as spin-offs.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #2 Most Memorable Game Villain (Werdna)

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure 1996 DOS, SEGA Saturn (+1 more) Adventure, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail The Ultimate RPG Archives 1998 DOS, Windows Compilation
7.9
box cover thumbnail The Ultimate Wizardry Archives 1998 DOS, Windows Compilation
7.3
box cover thumbnail The Wizardry Trilogy: Scenarios I, II & III 1987 PC Booter, Commodore 64 (+1 more) Compilation
7.9
box cover thumbnail Wizardry 6+7 2013 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry 6, 7, and 8 2013 Linux, Windows (+1 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 2013 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry 8 2001 Windows, Macintosh Role-playing (RPG)
8.3
Wizardry Chronicle 2001 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry Gold 1996 Windows, Macintosh Role-playing (RPG)
7.2
box cover thumbnail Wizardry III・IV 1994 TurboGrafx CD Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry I•II•III: Story of Llylgamyn 1999 SNES Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry I・II 1993 TurboGrafx CD Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry Online 2013 Windows Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry Trilogy 2 1994 DOS Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom 1988 PC Booter, SNES (+7 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
box cover thumbnail Wizardry VI & VII Complete 1996 SEGA Saturn Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry Xth: Academy of Frontier 2005 PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry Xth: Unlimited Students 2006 PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge 1990 DOS, SNES (+6 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.2
box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Chapter 1 2003 J2ME Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992 DOS, PlayStation (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.1
box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - The Second Scenario 1982 PC Booter, Game Boy Color (+10 more) Role-playing (RPG), Add-on
7.3
box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls 2020 Windows Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
6.3
box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls 2009 PlayStation 3, iPhone (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
6.8
box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Barrage Ring 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Bishop's Book 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Bizen Osafune 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Boomerang 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Boots... 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Bushido Blade 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Caduceus 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Crushing Mace 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Dragon Kite 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls -... 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Fruit... 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Fruit of Faith 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Fruit... 2009 PlayStation 3, Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Fruit... 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Fruit... 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Gale Ring 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Gram 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Great... 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Greatsword 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Helm of Mists 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Holy Armor 2009 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Holy Mace 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Iron Boots 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Kotetsu 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls -... 2010 PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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