Wizardry (The Edge)
|Wizardry (The Edge)|
|Developer||Steven T. Chapman|
|Publisher||Softek International (The Edge), Mindscape|
|Musician||Clever Music, (aka Mike Alsop, aka Mark Alphingwood). Composers: Graham Jarvis, Rob Hartshorne|
|Gamemode||Single player |
|Information||aka Spell of Destruction (US version)|
Description[edit | edit source]
It implemented magic and melee combat against multiple enemies, and involved a lot of puzzle solving. The music was extremely good for the time, and the tune played was in line with what was happening in the game.
The features of this game are:
- A 3-D graphics adventure as you've never seen before!
- Set in a castle, your test is to use spells, solve riddles and fight with demons in search of the evil Elemental.
- Unique 'Dungeons & Dragons' like play.
- Over 70 areas to the castle, with several scrolling 3-D screens in each area.
- Features a revolutionary 'movie' like music score.
- "...the game's graphics and music are truly outstanding with the music giving vital clues to the level of danger in a room".
- "Wizardry is a game which ... deserves to push 'The Edge' to a status amongst software houses which at the moment is dominated almost completely by U.S. groups, it's truly superb!"
- Commodore Computing International, October 1985.
- "Pick of the Week" in Computer Trade Weekly, Issue 50.
Design[edit | edit source]
Graphics and sound were extremely good for the time. The 3D effect was very well achieved, and the music was a pleasure to listen to.
What is lacking a bit is the scroll, which causes some graphic corruption right below the main area of the screen, and the fact the game can be a bit slow.
Also there were not many clues in the game (on screen, or by using the TELL TALE spell), so sometimes the player requires to guess what to do.
Hints[edit | edit source]
Common Spells & Actions[edit | edit source]
|FIND IT||Reveals the location of hidden elements in a room|
|FIREBALL||Casts a fireball in the direction Drinn is facing|
|HEAL||Restores your life energy to 99|
|HOLD IT||Casts a spell (in the direction Drinn is facing) to stop an enemy so it cannot chase you|
|SWORD||Activates sword combat|
|TELL TALE||Gives you a clue about what you need to do in the game|
Sword Combat[edit | edit source]
You must face your enemy, ensure SWORD is selected, then keep the button of the joystick pressed and move the stick sideways without releasing the button.
Other Tips[edit | edit source]
Listen to the music when you enter a room, quite often it indicates what enemy is present!
Do not waste spells. Try to kill using the sword whenever possible (but don't die!).
Elemental enemies (clouds with lightning) are better to be killed using spells.
When you get a specially named spell after playing around for a while in a dungeon level, it is often the one to use on the boss guarding the exit. Other spells with special names are to solve the different puzzles.
When you did something right (such as solving a puzzle) Drinn turns purple.
Solution[edit | edit source]
A complete walkthrough, coupled with maps of all levels, was created by Michael Lambert in 2008, and can be found on The C64 Adventure Game Solutions and Walthrough Site []
Cheats[edit | edit source]
After analysis of the INFINITE ENERGY program in the disk version, this subroutine was modified:
.C:1d71 A9 B3 LDA #$B3 .C:1d73 8D 4A 65 STA $654A .C:1d76 8D 4B 65 STA $654B .C:1d79 AD 49 65 LDA $6549 .C:1d7c C9 64 CMP #$64 .C:1d7e B0 04 BCS $1D84 .C:1d80 4C 40 6A JMP $6A40
Simply to disable the carry bit check (BCS instruction).
There're several ways to implement the infinite energy cheat, but one possibility is to replace the entire check with NOP instructions:
> 1d7e ea ea
With the simple change above, energy will decrease, but you will never die.
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Critics[edit | edit source]
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Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
Cover[edit | edit source]
Screenshots other version[edit | edit source]
Links[edit | edit source]
- C64Games.de - Game No. 1982
- Lemon64 - Game No. 2878
- Gamebase64.com - Game No. 8661
- ready64 - Game No. 256
- Spell of Destruction
- Clever Music
References[edit | edit source]
- Game Box C64 version: "Wizardry", Softek International Ltd., 1985