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The Wizard’s Castle: Should be more fun

Mark Rollins - October 24, 2006

The Wizard’s Castle is very similar to a game that I played on my mom’s IBM when I was a lad of fifteen. Games were never good quality back in the early eighties, and we’ve really grown a lot since then.  The Wizard’s Castle is a reminder why computer games grew up. 

This game is played on a 8×8 grid that is full of question marks. You are the main character who explores every room, and any unsearched room has a big question mark over it.  In the rooms are a treasure, a monster, a book, or a vendor.  You get the idea.   

Apparently, your goal is to find the “Orb of Zot”.  Doesn’t look like the game developer took much time to develop a backstory. As I mentioned before, I remember playing a game like this years ago. Back then, I could never see the grid, and had to keep track of my quest with pencil and paper.  This is still the same concept, the only difference is I can see what is in a room before I enter it.  Also, everytime you face a foe, you see an image that looks like it has been plucked out of Lord of The Rings.

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Essentially, this game is made to look like Dungeons and Dragons.  You can even pick out a character class, and buy items such as a sword or armor.  Of course, a lot of the money you get goes to pay for a lamp.  

The keyboard controls are very confusing.  Apparently, every letter does something.  A for attack, C for Cast Spell, R for Retreat, and so on.  However, when I pushed H for Help, all I got was a screen that said “Action Cancelled”.  Here’s what I was able to figure out.  If you enter a room with stairs, U takes you up the stairs and D takes you down.  By the way, going up and down stairs takes you to another level with a whole bunch of question marks. Also the F key lights up a flare, if you have one. 

On the whole, this game just wasn’t worth taking up my time. There are better games to get in to. You can download Wizard’s Castle here

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3 Responses to “The Wizard’s Castle: Should be more fun”

  1. Derell Licht Says:

    Greetings!! As the author of this program, I wanted to observe that if you download a more recent version of the program, the Help screen *should* work now!! It took me awhile to figure out how to hook into that MS help system consistently.

    Otherwise, the program is indeed primitive – it was my intent from the beginning to preserve the original interface of the game, I just wanted to eliminate the mapping annoyances…

  2. michael Says:

    Hi, I am looking forward to playing the Game, Please advice where can I download the game?

    Kind regards,

    Michael

  3. Dominic De Silva Says:

    Fun game, I downloaded this 5 years ago but still I play it sometimes.

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