Game: "Wizards & Warriors"
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Acclaim

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 2/25/2008

Review: Now THIS is a great game. I don't know how many times I played through Wizards & Warriors when I was younger, but rest assured, it was a lot. To many, it's a frustratingly difficult challenge to beat the game, but it's absolutely worth playing through. With fantastic level design, highly entertaining bosses and a variety of useful upgrades along the way, there's no reason to let those difficult areas thwart your progress.

In the game, you are Kuros, a brave knight in the kingdom of Elrond who must save a variety of damsels in distress at the end of each level until you can beat the evil wizard Malkil and rescue the princess. Now while the box art would have you think you are a warrior in a loincloth, nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is, you're a knight dressed in full armor, but this somehow doesn't effect your mobility in anyway, as you'll quickly discover while you jump from tree to tree effortlessly.

As you make your way through each level, you need to find two primary things: keys and power-up items. Keys will obviously grant you access to more areas and treasure chests which contain those desirable power-ups. But this is where it can get a little tricky. Many people remember the very first level of the game, where you'd go inside those giant hollowed out trees in search of treasures. Problem is, as you make that long climb, you have to fight off killer bees, and even worse, if you made one bad jump, you could easily fall alllllll the way down to the bottom. That's where the game can get frustrating, having to scale your way back up after a nasty fall like that! And hey, even if you do get killed many a time in the game, you've got unlimited continues to work with, so press forth, brave knight!

To aid you with your jumps and battles, some of the power-up items include things such as "Boots of Lava Walk", "Potion of Levitation", "Cloak of Darkness", and "Feather of Feather Fall". Yeah, I always thought that last one could've used a better name, but I guess the writers got a lil' lazy there. Regardless of the naming conventions, these items all help truly make this a "Game of Awesome".

While fighting your way through each level is extremely fun and challenging, the bosses won't let you down. A huge floating demon skull, giant vampire bats, a weird hovering rock face, an evil ghost, a queen spider, and of course Malkil himself. Some bosses are extremely easy and a few are tricky but you'll love fighting each of 'em. A little known fact about the final screen in which you fight Malkil: if you were to zoom out and look at it from afar, you'd realize that it's actually a big smiling skull. You just can't go wrong with that kind of level design.

As if all this isn't enough, the game packs one hell of a good soundtrack. The main theme alone is easily in my top 10 video game songs of all time list. Even if the game isn't your cup o' tea (ie: you're insane), you'll surely finding yourself starting it up here 'n there just to hear that wonderful Wizards & Warriors tune.

On a final note, I must mention that the box for the sequel to this game, "Ironsword", is infamous because it features the unbelievable butter-man himself, Fabio. But don't let Fabio's golden wavy hair dissuade you... Wizards & Warriors is by far the best game in the series.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Feb 25th, 2008, 05:40 PM
Oh, this was indeed a rocking game. I remember playing this all the time. The Castle level near the end was a huge HUGE pain for me. I think I'll try and play this game again. Great review RoG (as always)!
The Goddamned Batman
Feb 25th, 2008, 07:23 PM
Oh FUCK YES! This game rocked the block, and for years I was trying to remember what game it was, because I had forgotten.

I don't want you to think that your review was what helped me out though, cuz I tracked it down on Wikipedia several months ago. Don't want it to go to your head or nothin
Ultimate Buzzkill
Feb 25th, 2008, 07:28 PM
It's amazing how many things mooched off of Conan in those days: besides the getup, Fabio is holding Conan's sword.

"So, we can't get Schwarzenegger for the box art...but we got the next best thing, Fabio!"
Feb 25th, 2008, 07:36 PM
the boots of lava walk are my least favorite powerup, because when you get them you lose the best one: the boots of power that let you open any treasure chest you like just by hitting select DAMN YOU BOOTS OF LAVA WALK
Feb 25th, 2008, 10:47 PM
Why would they spend that much money on Fabio?
The Magnificent Bastard
Feb 26th, 2008, 12:26 AM
It is part of the enigma that is...Fabio!
Flash Game Programmer
Feb 26th, 2008, 12:50 AM
Very great and awesome game.
Feb 26th, 2008, 01:45 AM
I was hoping you'd mention Fabio on the cover of the second one. I remember playing through the game once and loving it and then I rented it a second time and just got so frustrated with it that I couldn't stand playing it any further. I did, however, love the potion of levetation and how it gave you that extra half an inch that you needed to make some of the insane jumps in the game!
Forum Virgin
Feb 26th, 2008, 06:52 AM
I won't touch this game with a ten foot pole.
Waiting for the worms.
Feb 26th, 2008, 08:54 AM
You know...I love this one to a degree, but I loathe and despise IronSword. The controls are worse than in W&W, the enemies are just as frequent and hard to kill, and you die just as often. Knowing this, they took away the infinite continues. Bastards!
Feb 26th, 2008, 10:22 AM
I loved the flailing sword animations in this game. It looks like he's trying to fling a booger off the end of it.
Forum Virgin
Feb 26th, 2008, 05:36 PM
yea this game was awesome. but W&W 3 made me wanna kill myself. i remember when i could be Ironsword w/o GameGeine. i was so happy.
From the Home of MST3K
Feb 26th, 2008, 09:05 PM
Kuros knows:

Shirts are for pussies.
lurking on the walls
Feb 26th, 2008, 09:30 PM
i remember this game, there were times it nearly drove me to throwing it out of a window....like that Zombie boss fight. and some stages were difficult because you couldn't see enemies that were somehow IN the walls.
good review RoG
The Goddamned Batman
Feb 27th, 2008, 12:49 AM
Originally Posted by MacLeon View Post
I won't touch this game with a ten foot pole.
How about a ten foot controller? wocka wocka
Feel the guilt
Feb 27th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Never heard of it, which is no surprise, but I'll check it out, since it sounds like a cool game.

P.S.: You listed "Potion of Levitation" twice under the available power-up items. Just saying.