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  • Summary: The Wizard of OZ: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is an RPG inspired by the beloved tale of Dorothy and her magical journey through the Land of Oz, showing a unique new perspective on what happened after reaching the end of the Yellow Brick Road. The game takes players through the endearing adventure of protagonist Dorothy and her lovely dog, Toto, turning these charming characters into classic RPG heroes. A tornado suddenly strikes a small farm in Kansas, savagely uprooting Dorothy and Toto with just one gust. After hours of dancing around in the bushel of wind, the pair eventually settles in an unfamiliar countryside. It is here Dorothy learns that the only way to return home is by following the ominous voice calling out to her to the end of the Yellow Brick Road. On her journey, Dorothy encounters some unlikely characters who eventually decide to join her on her quest. Dorothy and Toto, together with their newfound companions - the Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man- embark on an enchanting voyage filled with many obstacles. Upon reaching the castle at the end of the Yellow Brick Road, the group learns from a mysterious wizard that the magical land has been taken over by four evil witches that are running amuck. Dorothy and her friends are tasked with defeating the witches with a return trip to Kansas as the reward, but is this new mission beyond the Yellow Brick Road everything it appears to be? [XSeed Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 85
    The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is not a perfect game; however, it takes you on a fun enough journey that you'll most likely overlook any imperfections that you may find.
  2. Though its dungeons could have benefited from smarter design, I found Wizard of Oz to be a beautiful, whimsical adventure.
  3. At the end of the day though, Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is an enjoyable game that all fans of RPG’s should take a close look at.
  4. 70
    It's a shame that the battle system is as simplistic as it is, because the game has so much going for it, including a great plot twist, fantastic art direction and an ending that is a real tearjerker.
  5. A cinch to pick up and play, but will be just as easily forgotten. [Oct 2009, p.90]
  6. Beyond the Yellow Brick Road has its moments, but the novelty of strolling through the land of Oz soon wears thin.
  7. The new story is generic, the exploration hampered by unnecessary backtracking and the dreaded locked door puzzles.

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  1. Oct 30, 2010
    "The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" (also known as "RIZ-ZOAWD") is a Japanese-made, anime-style, and relatively faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic tale, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", and despite the slight repetition of battle mechanics, it is definitely a game to experience if you are a fan of the Oz stories. Expand