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by Bubble Bus
by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins
Wizard's Lair by Bubble Bus is an arcade adventure
game which seems to be a hybrid of two classic games by
Ultimate - Sabre Wulf and Atic Atac. The graphics are
very Spectrum-esque, with monochrome sprites and
backgrounds painted in typical Ultimate style. The game
itself is in the style of Atic Atac - where you wander
the multitude of screens, blasting baddies in search of
four pieces of the Golden Lion. It's not a bad game
actually. It's fast, has a huge map to explore, looks
pretty good and is easy to play. It's not the most
original game out there, but it seems to do what it does
very well. Games like this never quite seem to work out,
but I think that Wizard's lair combines elements from
both games really well. Definitely a game that you may
have overlooked and is well worth checking out.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
- Neil: I used a
trainer and had the parts of the Golden Lion in no time.
- Vinny: I hacked
the game ending. Just freeze the game using an Action
Replay Cartridge or Monitor, and enter: G210E.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The ending shows a small framed picture of our hero with
astronomical symbols surrounding him (which you actually
see on the title screen). A message is written below it
which reads 'THOU HAST ESCAPED YE WIZARDS LAIR, BUT
WHAT FATE NOW AWAITS THEE ...'. A small jingle plays
(which is the same tune that plays as you start the
game), before the game ends and you are sent back to the
- Neil: Not a bad
ending when you consider the size of the game map. I
think all available memory was probably used, so
existing bits of code were utilised to squeeze an ending
in for us. For that reason I commend the programmer.
- Vinny: I also
commend the coder for such a large game, but I'm only
giving it 3/10 for the ending.
I always found it a frustrating game to play, in
that I would run out of keys or end up going in
circles. Still, it's a good game in the style of
Nice to know there is an end.
Hate this kind of hires, overhead, flick, screen,
arcade adventure, so I'm not going to comment.
Oh shite, I just did...
It's not amazing, but it's something. I think there's a
reason for this ending.
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