When platformers were king…there was Wilfred the Wizard!
When thinking of games to feature on this Commodore 64 week, one of the games that immediately jumps out at me as a uniquely C64 experience is Electronic Arts (yes THAT Electronic Arts) magical platformer, Wizard. Wizard has the gamer taking control of Wilfred, a purple-clad spell-caster that has to navigate increasingly devious puzzle levels. Wilfred collects treasures and casts spells of protection on his way to discovering keys so that he can unlock the doors which take him from level to level.
Wizard fascinated me and frustrated me. While a great premise and a unique playstyle, not to mention the incredible and distinctive audio work on this game, I also found it to be very frustrating and difficult. Perhaps the learning curve was too steep for the youthful me.
As I mentioned earlier, Wizard and Ultimate Wizard are two uniquely C64 experiences. I am sure the people who played and remember this game are few and far between, but what better time to remember this game then on Commodore 64 Week! When I get my 64 out later this week, this will be one game I will make a point to search for!