Indsendt: 6. april 2014
Wizorb is a Breakout style game that combines the familiar gameplay of Breakout with RPG elements. How does this interesting combination work together? Quite well, actually. While there are apparent flaws in the game at some moments, as a whole, Wizorb is worth playing.
While RPG elements are present, there is no real "story" to speak of. Simply put, you're a Wizard who uses paddleball magic to defeat monsters. Neat! By earning a high score and defeating enemies, you are awarded with gold (GP). This gold can be used to purchase extra lives, help the people of Tarot Village, and charms - such as triple balls, a magnet, double damage, and more - that are lost upon death. Gold is very plentiful in the game, making affording these things practically a non-issue. While this is not a flaw, it removes some thinking from the game.
Why is this game called Wizorb? There are also magic elements. You can cast fireballs to help kill monsters and destroy blocks, summon gusts of wind to direct your ball, and set your ball on fire to add penetration. Unfortunately, I largely ignored these mechanics as I did not really need them - there are no stages or puzzles that require clever use of magic, they merely make the game easier. You are limited in your magic use by a "mana" pool, preventing the game from getting too easy. There are missed opportunities to fully flesh out the use of magic in this game, however is is still a fun and innovative system.
There are four worlds in the game each containing 12 stages and a boss fight - there are additional bonus levels besides this. Each of these worlds carries its own theme and introduces new blocks and enemies.
The stages are - for the most part - well designed. I felt as though the later stages became too long and had too many invulnerable blocks, though it was still enjoyable. There are a few "cheap" things in the game such as instant-death, however they are sparse enough to not ruin the enjoyment too much.
Art & Graphics:
The game's art style is very pleasing to the eye. It takes inspiration from the games of old, giving a pixelated look. This means the game has / will age very well. The enemies are pleasing to look at and fit the theme of the game; the bosses especially are very well designed artistically.
As soon as you click a button on the main menu, you'll be met with a satisfying sound that gets you ready for the game. A classic RPG-esque sound plays whenever you damage an enemy, and the Breakout "dink" sound plays when our ball hits a block. While none of these sounds are amazingly designed, it all fits the theme of the game spectacularly.
My playthrough on Normal took about 4 hours. However, earning a high score on a level awards you with a star ranking for that world, giving something to work towards. There is also a Hard difficulty, achievements, and an in-game leaderboard.
I have very few annoyances with the game. However, you can only have one save file at a time. If you complete the game on Normal, your save file will be completely deleted if you want to play the game again on Hard difficulty. The game may also be difficult to get used to initially, especially if begun on Hard, however I do not consider this a real issue.
While it has its flaws, Wizorb gives a very interesting take on the standard Breakout gameplay. Each world was fun to play with each level being a joy to get through. I highly recommended Wizorb to Breakout fans and non-Breakout fans alike.