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Thanks to the Atari Collection 2 on the Evercade I was able to play Wizard. This Atari 2600 is a prototype video game made by Atari back in 1980. It was finally released in 2005. There are maze screens the player walks around in. There are also enemies to be wary of in Wizard. As we run into the vortex enemy we can gain points. We must be careful that we are not shot though. The screen shows our points and the points of the monsters we are fighting.

I found Wizard to be a very confusing game. I had to do research to figure out how to play Wizard. There is little about Wizard that made sense to me when I first started playing it. Wizard reminds me of so many Atari 2600 video games in the past. They were confusing to learn how to play. It would have been nice for some explanation about what to do in Wizard. When you hold onto a game for twenty-five years you had time to put some words on the screen. Give the players some direction.

Wizard looks like a lot of video games from that era. The vortex looks like a vortex. The human player is okay looking at best. There are plenty of blocky walls for the players to get stuck on in Wizard. The colors are two tone. The music is okay for the era. Nowadays the music is a bit on the annoying and limited side. I was honestly not a fan of the music in Wizard. Plus some of the music sounds like it was used in other Atari 2600 video games.

My biggest discovery concerning Wizard is how easy it is to die. I kid you not, I died early and often when I played Wizard. Sort of like what you need to do in role playing video games - save early and often. Historically speaking it is neat to be able to play and review Wizard. I love being able to play previously unreleased video games. Some of good, and some could have stayed on the shelf. Either way it is fascinating to be able to play games like Wizard on the Evercade.

Wizard gives me hope for other previously unreleased video games to be released. Sure I am not a fan of Wizard, but I do see the value of being able to finally experience a retro video game that was buried long ago. The idea behind Wizard is interesting as well. We are in this maze fighting these strange creatures. I think we are absorbing them as we get close. We are definitely trying to get a higher score in the limited time we have in each level.
- Paul


Graphics: 60%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 60%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Atari 2600/Evercade
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Atari
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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