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The Wizard's Pet

• Publisher: Mastertronic
• Developer:
Mastertronic
Release Date: 1987
Code: Jason Kendall

GFX: Max Addie
Music: David Whittaker

Our Game Rating: 73%
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> THE WIZARD'S PET by Mastertronic (MAD)


• Completed by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins

Wizard's Pet by Mastertronic is another game that I never really understood. I played it many times without instructions and couldn't quite work it out. I think this was also the case for many other C64 gamers trying their best to play this game. Today I finally cracked it, and it's so simple - although to beat the game is very hard...

The aim of the game is to guide the creature through the scrolling levels and find the items that the wizard wants. You can only carry one at a time, and each one must be returned to a specially marked pad. Once all three are returned the next level starts. Just as I said - simple! Graphically it's pretty good with fast sprites, decent scrolling and adequate music. The game play is quite dull and very tricky with quite a few levels to keep you very busy. Jumping takes some getting used to as you have to make some huge leaps to reach certain items. For a budget game you can't really complain too much. It's just a shame we all didn't know what to do in the game when we played it years ago.


The final level is complete...


...and our hero is off to the Wizard's Castle.


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used some infinite lives & energy cheats. ("I ripped this one to pieces and produced one of my Hackersoft crazy hacks, which included a feature to skip straight to the ending. You can download the crazy hack from HERE." - Vinny).

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: On returning the items on the final level the game ends. The final screen is a page of large colourful text. The text reads 'CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE FINALLY MADE IT BACK TO THE WIZARDS CASTLE WHERE HE HAS AGREED TO LET YOU STAY WITH HIM NOW!'. A jolly victory tune plays while the pretty colours ripple through the lettering on the page. Pressing the space bar restarts the game.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: It has a demo-like feel to it, but it looks quite good. It's a shame the wizard doesn't show his face though. 2/10.
     
  • Vinny: I remember buying this game back in the day and being a little disappointed with my purchase. I found the presentation of the game to be good value for money, but when it came to the game play it was a total let down. The game is far too difficult and it appears that even the guys at ZZAP! 64 magazine found it too difficult to review! But then again, what do you expect for £2.99?

    As for the ending... exactly what I expected :( Not even a specific ending tune by David Whittaker. 2/10 from me too.
  • Andrew Fisher: With regards to the lack of a ZZAP review, the budget companies did not automatically send every game in for review.

    Played this when it popped up on a cover tape, felt it was alright but bland. A simple text screen ending was inevitable.
  • Gaz Spence: A simple and repetitive game that appears to have been done by the same team as I-Xera given the same graphics and structure. The ending is extremely limited but at least it doesn't loop.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Wizard's sleeve more like!
  • Andy Vaisey: Boring game, rubbish ending.

FINAL SAY: Just a slightly more elaborate 'Game Over'...

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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