Sunday, September 19, 2010

Game of the Week: Wizard of Wor

You're stuck in a maze with a laser guns. Monsters are roaming all over the place. You have to shoot them before they can eat you or spit lasers or fire from their mouths to kill you. And once you kill them all, you move onto the next maze. Every so often, an evil wizard will show up to do you in. If you survive long enough, eventually the walls of the maze disappear altogether and it's just you against the monsters in a great big open room.

This was Wizard of Wor, a 1980 arcade game from Midway. You could play it alone, or with a partner.

This video game started off relatively easy, but the longer you played on your quarter (remember when arcade games only cost 25 cents?), the tougher things got. The monsters got faster, and sometimes moved in unpredictable manners. That bad wizard showed up.

It was all great fun, even though the graphics and sounds weren't all that great, even by 1980 standards. The gameplay could be a little stiff, and sometimes it seemed the monsters shouldn't have killed your character when they did, but overall the control system wasn't too bad.

I don't remember seeing a lot of Wizard of Wor arcade games, but one would pop up every now and then. Still, the game has been remembered. It was originally ported for a bunch of early home consoles and computers, such as the Atari 2600 and the Commodore 64. But more recently Wizard of Wor was released on the Midway Arcade Treasures 2 game for the Playstation 2.

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