& Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
Ultimate Wizard is a fancier version of the famous
Jumpman game by Epyx. I'm not a huge fan of either game
but they seem very popular amongst the C64 nuts out
Ultimate Wizard is a
colourful platform game where you have to guide your
wizard around the single screen levels to collect a key
before exiting the screen via the lock. It's not as
simple as it sounds as each item is usually in a tricky
location and getting to them involves leaping platforms
and dangerous objects or avoiding enemies. It's quite
tricky as the controls are pretty sluggish and the
wizard dies when he falls a few feet, but you do have
various spells to use throughout the levels that are
very handy when facing tricky foes. There are tons of
levels to beat so there's a lot to get through. I can
see how this game has great appeal, but for me it was a
bit too difficult and very frustrating. Graphically it's
not bad with cool animations, weird sprites and
interesting level designs. Definitely give this a go if
you like platform games as I imagine this is up there
with the best on the C64...
And so you come to
...of your long and
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used a stack of cheats from a cracked version, but
this still took a long time to beat as there are some
really hard levels. I was in desperate need of a level
skipper, but couldn't find one!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The ending is a level where you cannot die. You can see
your enemies wandering about below you in a small
tunnel. You can collect treasure which reveals the final
end message above you. A large '100!' is displayed in
the background and the message that is revealed reads 'YOUR
FOES SALUTE YOUR VICTORY - MARCH FORTH PROUD OF YOUR
DEEDS! YOU ARE NOW A MASTER WIZARD!'
FINAL SAY: It's not one that will blow you
away, but at least there is some sort of finale after a
lot of difficult levels.
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