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The Sensible psychedelic C64 classic that is Wizball

Posted by boyo on May 16, 2010 21:32 (May 16, 2010 21:32)

Pesky Zark has only gone and done it again, he’s drained Wizworld of colour and left it as a monochrome husk. Now it's down to the titular hero and his faithful cat to restore it back to radiant glory. Thus begins one of the C64’s quirkiest arcade shooters.



Quirky--but also confoundingly hard. Starting out was often a serious drag, and ensured there was much gnashing of teeth from players. The Wizball could be more of a Stressball at times, perpetually bouncing and controlled largely by rotation--which sends him spinning off nearby surfaces. Giving up at this point, though, would be to miss out on the rest of the sublime design. Perhaps Sensible could have made it easier, but removing the memorable movement would rob the game of precious invention.



After some power-up baubles and weaponry are acquired, it all rather drops into place. Or, more precisely, the colour bubbles drop into place, once you shoot them and collect them with the moggy-tastic Catellite. There's bonus fun to be found with colours beyond the standard red, blue or green; especially the “filth raid,” which prompts panicked chuckles as you frantically flee the fuzz and try to stay alive. Further "specials" could send your cat loopy or make the background go black for a set period.

Colour isn't just a part of gameplay, it gradually forms the tapestry of delights assaulting your eyes. It really is a marvel to witness each level slowly regaining its palette as you progress, accompanied by some outlandish sound effects and a stonking set of tunes from Martin Galway.

Wizball is a wonderfully executed game, alive with innovation and charming touches. And, in the best arcade tradition, once the intricacies are tamed you can concentrate on turning your score into a masterpiece.

 Our Rating for Wizball
8.0
Fun Factor
8.0
Graphics
9.0
Sound
0.1
Multiplayer
8.0
Single Player
7.0
Controls
8.0
Overall
Interaction
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#3 May 27, 2011 18:35:30 ( May 27, 2011 18:35 )

Abrimaal
I never had patience for this game, I prefer Impossaball by Hewson.
#2 May 24, 2011 19:50:05 ( May 24, 2011 19:50 )

Bobbus74 +1
One of my favourite C64 games ever. I played this far more than was healthy for any teenager at the time. Such an original take on the shoot 'em up genre, it compelled me to bring back colour to the Wizworld landscape!
I later got this for my Atari ST and had a load more fun with it all over again. It's one of those games which has actually aged well and still worth a play today. Classic.
#1 May 16, 2010 23:24:24 ( May 16, 2010 23:24 )

boyo
Truly a classic! The music in this game alone warranted the asking price of the game!
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