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  • Summary: In an enchanted medieval realm, an evil Pharaoh has overcome a curse to wreak havoc. Only the legendary Mavin Sword has the power to bring his defeat. With the assistance of Kerah, an angel, and Erathsmedor, a dragon, you must embark on a dangerous quest to bring an end to all evil in the land. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 84
    Comes about as close to tabletop RPGing as any computer RPG we've ever played.
  2. It's an addictive game that'll have you hacking away at brigands, toad men, evil priests, and even the occasional minor gaming bug.
  3. It's a good idea for a story but it has been overdone to death.
  4. The longevity of this title is nearly unmatched by any other RPG save the online crowd, and players from the old-school crowd of role-playing will feel immediately at home.
  5. Despite its graphical and play control shortcomings, Wizards & Warriors is a good dungeon romp that stands shoulder to shoulder with those RPG classics of yore.
  6. 68
    Two thumbs way down... The graphics left a lot to be desired, the interface was painful and the storyline pretty weak.
  7. Despite nice effects like the lighting on the torches in dungeons and the water effects that let you see the fishies swimming along, the whole game grows rather old rather fast. This happens because the game is indeed old.

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  1. AnonymousMC
    Aug 22, 2008
    2
    Even for its time, Wizards & Warriors was horribly sub-par in virtually every respect. Problems during development were never ironed out, even over the 4 years it took for the game to finally see a release.

    The first thing of note is the very old graphics and graphic style of the game. You might be thinking, well, that's what games looked like in 2000. You'd be wrong and the lackluster visual aspect of the game was a major complaint by most even at the time of release. The game had taken so long to develop, and had such a poor and archaic visual style even from the beginning, that it simply never was revised and updated to become competitive in a market with RPG's such as Baulder's Gate. Not even close.

    The game play, combined with an equally archaic interface, was and is tedious right from the start. The game lingered between wanting real-time and turn-based game play, even offering the option for to the player to choose as they like; unfortunately, they failed to successfully deliver on either format, causing combat to be convoluted and as uninteresting as the mechanics that went with it.

    Once released, many were literally shocked at the horrible game that DW Bradley had directed from the doors of Heuristic Park. In hindsight, with the later example Dungeon Lords to further cement both Bradley and HR as incapable of producing a quality game, it isn't quite as surprising as it was back in the day. That it received the marks that it did from the press is a testament to the media's willingness to be lenient to Bradley, at least in 2000.

    In all, there is really nothing to lend a positive note about regarding Wizards & Warriors. Despite some reviewers waxing how "close to tabletop" this game is supposed to be, it even failed miserably in that respect, paled by competitors and the designers own failures alike. Now, as then, the game is best avoided (especially as its horrible graphic issues are only compounded on modern machines and operating systems). There are worse games, but not many.
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