FULL-COLOR ANIMATED graphics DIGITIZED sound (NO add-on cards required) HARD DISK supported 11 Races, 14 Professions (with rankings!) Weaponry, Physical and Academia Skills Six Spellbooks, 462 Combinations Non-Player Characters An arsenal of over 400 researched items Varied Fighting Modes Primary and Secondary Attack Continuous Journey...
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

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About This Game

FULL-COLOR ANIMATED graphics
DIGITIZED sound (NO add-on cards required)
HARD DISK supported

  • 11 Races, 14 Professions (with rankings!)
  • Weaponry, Physical and Academia Skills
  • Six Spellbooks, 462 Combinations
  • Non-Player Characters
  • An arsenal of over 400 researched items
  • Varied Fighting Modes
  • Primary and Secondary Attack
  • Continuous Journey
  • Unlimited Backups
  • Save Game

Ten years ago, WIZARDRY set the standards in Fantasy Role-Playing (FRP). Now after two million copies have been sold and dozens of awards have been won, Bane of the Cosmic Forge raises and redefines those standards. This new WIZARDRY, the truest simulation ever of Fantasy Role Playing, will push your computer, your mind, and your sense of adventure to their very limits. Only through the power of the latest computer technology could the full dimensions of this new genre in FRP be possible.

This is FRP the way you wanted it to be.

Prepare yourself. Take with you six companions - choose wisely, for having chosen, your fate is in their hands. Enter the ancient castle to retrieve the Cosmic Forge, a magical pen whose writings caused the river of time itself to change course. You will find treasure, armor, and magic items to advance your quest; meet wizened and cryptic dwellers who hold secrets that must be unearthed; and solve the riddles and puzzles that abound.

But beware- you and your party will encounter countless dangers, hazards, and creatures of dazzling form to block your way. Only through your magic and skills, ever growing as you progress, can they be vanquished.

And the story, so rich in mythology and legend, weaves a web of intrigue so complex that only you, with patience and travail can unravel.

Let the computer roll the dice, consult the charts and apply the rules. From the 400 items of armor and weaponry researched for authenticity to the realistic combat structure, incorporating Primary and Secondary attack, this reproduction of true FRP within the computer environment will make all other attempts obsolete.

The adventure is as real as the pleasure.

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or or onboard graphics compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Procesor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or or onboard graphics compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.5
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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72 of 79 people (91%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Ah, Wizardry 6. Or, as I like to call it, Locked Doors: The Game. Maybe it's just me, but the doors in this game seem a little hard to open. Having to save before every door is a given; having to reload a save because every door is made of titanium shouldn't be. When you finally pry the door open, you'll be treated to old school monsters like bats and rats that will dodge your every blow as they lay in gentle slumber. No worries, however, for if things get too hairy for you in the depths of this 1990s castle, your characters have the option to run away; which was the default operation of graybeard D&D players who cut their teeth on the 1st edition of the pen-and-paper game. Unbeknownst to you, however, is while you spent thirty rounds swinging in futility at sleeping enemies before they awoke to tear your hide apart, you were set upon by other enemies who ambush you as you run away. Whatevs, you think, I'll just run from them also. Well, when these monsters come to gangbang a party of inadequately-statted paper tigers, they come in droves.

Then, inevitably, Death and his SoundBlaster call, as he stands over your tombstone. Yes, a single tombstone, because in the 8-bit era, your horde of characters are buried in the same hole, piled one upon another like firewood, except firewood is useful and characters in the game of Wizardry are not. But, you, my friend, are a true old school RPG fan, and you never give up. You spend hours rolling another party and head down into the depths, uneasy at the strange feeling that you are not playing a clone of Dungeons & Dragons but of the RPG Paranoia, where the Dungeon is not your friend and the assembly line of heroes who engage in suicide-by-bushwhacker is moving faster than that conveyor belt in I Love Lucy.

You will never give up, not until you beat this damned game. Because it CAN be beaten—can it? Or is this game like the module Tomb of Horrors, an exercise by game developers to assume the role of a merciless and antagonistic god, presiding over a world whose populace is comprised solely of doomed heroes fresh from the womb that see the gates of a hungry dungeon and shudder at their fate.

Addendum: Apparently, there is a tool to boost your ability scores during character creation, which will save you the tedium of hours rerolling your team like I did. It isn't necessary, but welcome, especially on a subsequent playthrough.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
146.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
This is quite a good game, granted it is old school, real old school. I will caution if you want to play this and start out the Wizardry Trilogy...patience is something you must have! Either that be from making characters that can survive the first parts of the game(even well into the end of the game...) or constant reloading cause you don't want anyone to die from a fight(and thus lose 1 point of Vitality), which is a constant danger, Even with a little bad luck you are in a frustration.

With all that aside, I will say never has a game given it a real sense of victory for gaining a level or beating a group of foes...or even beating that game! Frankly you'll need the guide provided to make any regular progress, otherwise you'll lost for a long time.

So if you want a real old challenge...this is it! Let this be the start of a real adventure!
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2014
Ah, what can I say about this RPG classic? The graphics are terrible, even by the standards of the time, their crude 16 colour EGA awfulness being quickly surpassed by the 256 colour majesty of Westwood's Eye of the Beholder, which followed but a year later.

Moreover, in defiance of even the most slender of expectations, variation in tileset is extremely limited - expect to see castles, dungeons, jungles and mines rendered in the same undulating grey brick, with faded tapestries, rooms filled with rotting furniture and the stygian underworld described in bright yellow text rather than sprites. While far more attention was lavished on the animations of your enemies you should be prepared to see the same yellowish-greyish-pinkish tones portray a multitude of demons, rats, amazons, dwarves and dragons.

The sound too is also terrible, with no music to speak of and only a limited selection of digital samples to relay the clash of steel on steel, ancient enchantments and the death of your foes. Lest that sound too exciting, be warned this is a game where your enemies die with a bang, literally expiring like popped balloons. Indeed, this was a game where the sound was quickly disabled and the mouse driver not loaded, cursor keys and imagination being far better accompaniments.

The plot is borderline nonsense, but expansive and remarkably mature, if such a thing can be said about story involving adultery, murder, madness, a pen that can re-write reality and a half naked she-devil.

And the game itself is unrelentingly punishing - this is the only game I can think of where your ability to access some of the more advanced classes, so temptingly described in the manual, at the beginning of the game rests entirely on a combination of luck and pig headedness. It is also one of the few games I've come across where a party of six stalwart heroes can be bested within seconds of starting their adventures by bats, rats and weeds, where they can fail to pick a lock and find that door locked for good. It is a game where if one of your characters dies of poison then you better hope you have some means of curing them in addition to resurrecting them, because if you don’t they’ll only die again.

However, if you've read this far and you consider yourself to be one of the few 'hardcore' CRPG gamers left out there, then you owe it to yourself to download this game and persevere. Nearly 25 years after its release, it stills holds the same dark attraction of stats and skills and spells and equipment and deep, turn-based, party-focused combat that for a few years in the mid-1990s seemed to represent the high point of aspirations for RPGs on the PC.

Once you’ve beaten the rats and bats and zombies and Zulus and taken on hell itself and battled through a climatic series of encounters against bosses that feel more like something from Streets of Rage 2. And once you’ve ditched the sticks and rags and found the Avenger and Maenad’s Lance and you’ve got a mage able to launch a tier six nuclear blast capable of incinerating waves of enemies at a time.

Then you’ll have found yourself neck deep in that borderline nonsense plot, playing a game that never fails to keep you on your toes, that rewards intelligence and strategy and speaks to the same desire for challenge and depth that until recently games had somehow managed to neglect. You’ll be hooked and you’ll want to take that band of misfits you’ve so carefully tended for the last 40 hours onward to Wizardry 7 and 8 and the fact that you’ll have to spend more than 100 hours to find out there’s no Wizardry 9 will be a bitter-sweet pill to swallow, but probably one you’ll swallow all the same.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
READ THE MANUAL!

(Right-click on the game in your library, Properties, Local Files, "Browse Local Files")

This is an old-school game. It's not going to hold your hand and explain things as you play. It is too hardcore for that.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Finished the Super Nintendo version of this game with fan translation patch. I recommend it over the DOS version sold here since it has (slightly) better sound and graphics, except if you want to transfer your party from one game to the next. The SNES version has JRPG-style controls, too, and a simplified dialog system... which might be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes.

Liked:
- Designing, equipping and leveling up your 6-character party is just great
- Combat is great with a great deal of strategy, many spells and character/monster abilities
- Position of characters in combat matters, only ranged and pole weapons or spells and special abilities allow attacking from the back rows
- Very good writing in the non-silly parts of the story
- Nice sense of exploration

Disliked:
- Too many random encounters
- World is a nonsensical patchwork of various mythologies, novels and just plain silliness
- Dungeon graphics are boring, the DOS version has basically one wall texture for the whole game, SNES version has at least some variation
- RPG system has some well-known exploits
- The optimal way to play if you want the best party/items to carry over to the next game requires reading a lot of spoilers

Overall the game grabbed me enough that I soldiered on until the end, but the overall experience left me slighly disappointed. Still, you can't beat that combat and party management, I really want more games in this turn-based style to come out now that we have Grimrock for the real-time side.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
This is a great game from the olden days where a game wasn't afraid to kill your characters in the first battle. Arm yourself with the included manual and hint book (and don't forget to arm your characters while you're at it...they enjoy walking into dungeons without donning their armor or weilding their weapons). sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Despite the lack of modern graphics and sound, if you give it a chance, you'll really enjoy it and you can carry your band of characters from Wizardry 6 all the way through 8. Unlike other RPG's you'll feel a sense of accomplishment because you helped create these characters and develop their own storyline rather than letting the game decide it for you.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
If you can look past the grahpics and the unforgiving gameplay, this is an RPG classic. Its character and skill system is deeper than one would expect from such a dated game. If you're looking for classic dungeon crawls that showcase part of the evolution of classic PC RPGs, then bust out your graph paper and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Extremely dated, and the dice rolls can fail horribly. You stand a good chance of your party being horribly ill-suited for what you encounter.

Wait, I'm talking about my friday D&D sessions.

Seriously, though, that's basically what this is. Old-school pen-and-paper RPG style dungeon crawl. I've not played much, I must admit, but what I have played has made me want to play more.

I really like the character creation system (well, save the limited and ugly portraits). It's streamlined in all the right places, but leaves options open where it needs them.

I haven't even read the manual yet, and I'm having fun! (That was a hard thing to do with games back in the day)
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Old RPG that shows its age.
Graphics that make you want to gourge your eyes out and sound that makes you wish you were dead.
... classic
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
This is a fun game if you enjoy old school rpgs.
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blakemathi
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
Pretty good game if you can get into it; And if your a nerd who likes old and complicated games.... Has a bit of a learning curve if you haven't ever played a Wizardry game before but is very fun once you get past that. I would recommend buying this with the bundle that includes Wizardry 7 or the bundle that includes Wizardry 7 & 8. Hope this review helps!
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Luisfius
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Nearly modern first person dungeon crawler. Surprisingly playable even if there is only ONE ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ tileset in this version.

I should be done with the screenshot LP I have at SA within the year, I hope.
I am ridiculously slow and then wiz7 will take me longer.
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Apparently Kid
0.7 hrs
Posted: June 30
So glad i didn't grow up having to consider games like this RPG's. Terrible in every sense of the word. The UI is awful, nothing is explained, most things are in abbreviations. Escape doesn't go back, and you can't even tell how to exit the game nor save. Steam UI doesn't work and crtl+alt+delete screws up game. Then there's the game. You wander around this dungeon thats confusing and all looks the same. Tons of back tracking and time wasted and apparently you can't progress without basically having to sketch out a map bc there is none. You also need to be taking notes and write everything down. Nothing is explained about the game unless you spend over an hour reading the 73 page manual (fun huh?). So you need to take notes during, read for hours before....I love it when my game is more homework than actual playing. Apparently there are rooms wherw you get 1 shot and die and if you didn't recently save you're screwed, Also you need to spend hours continuously rolling characters until you get a certain # of stats or you lose. Nothing positive to say about this game, except that supposedly there's a lot of play time, most of it probably wasted repetition, and also there is a lot of complexity and branching paths/multiple endings. Don't get unless you hate fun. 1/10.
P.s. I almost forgot about this terribly annoying sound effect that happens every 2 seconds and gets annoying after 10 seconds.
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BerlinCB
43.0 hrs
Posted: June 30
** Recommended, but with stipulations. :)

Back in 1984 I played the original Wizardry game and fell in love with PC gaming forever. I played the entire series and enjoyed them all to a point, but 6-8 were masterful RPGs with a connected storyline that spanned the trilogy (you could port your characters from one to the next). The character depth and NPC interaction was amazing at the time (NPCs remember how you treat and interact with them and it matters throughout the games). The puzzles and critical thinking you needed to utilize to figure things out were challenging. It was difficult, no doubt, but after you learned the ins and outs it gave a great gaming experience.

THAT SAID, the only way that a younger current generation could ever enjoy this game is to understand a few things:

You can't be hung up on graphics, because these are pitiful by today's standards. You can't expect all the user bells and whistles of today's games like auto-mapping, quest journals, etc. None of that is there, and you either have to map and journal by hand or you can use the "Wizardry 6 - Cluebook" that comes with the Steam purchase and is located in the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Wizardry6\Bonus Content" (default) directory. If you want to experience the golden age of RPG gaming, I'd recommend you do it with this companion guide and/or a walk-through from the internet (there are many and these games have a cult following). This way you get to experience the great parts of the game, while mitigating the frustrating parts. You absolutely should research the internet for assistance with the character generation, as it can be daunting, but it quite enjoyable once you understand it.

Definitely pick it up during a Steam sale for under $2 and that way if you don't enjoy it, you didn't lose much.

** - Just an FYI if you purchase this, you can hit "Enter" at the copy protection scheme, as it isn't necessary with the Steam version.
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500destinies
9.1 hrs
Posted: June 20
Product received for free
It’s hard to believe that the Dark Savant trilogy began 26 years ago in 1990 with Bane of the Cosmic Forge. Resisting these games, I see gameplay elements that were new at the time, but now mark the RPG genre forever. I can’t begin to explain how much this series of Wizardry 6, 7, and 8 ushered in the whole RPG genre. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other articles about how great Wizardry is, and I’m not going to be another re-write. The real question is whether or not Wizardry 6 and 7 are still relevant today and worth playing.

Over a period of two weeks in Wales (lovely place for a holiday), with absolutely no internet, I brought out the paper and pencils and painstakingly mapped each tile in my epic adventure. It became apparent quickly that this is the largest drawback of the Wizardry series, especially 6 and 7. While in newer cRPGs it is easier to figure out the map without a physical drawing, the darkness and confusion of 6 and 7 make this incredibly difficult. Every dungeon has many twists and turns painted in the same theme. Essentially, it’s the same wall staring at you over and over again. In Wizardry 6, I spent a good 2 hours trying to figure out how to open a door in the first dungeon, only to find a button on a wall that I hadn’t mapped. Of course, I could never see that button unless I was in the perfect spot. All in all, this makes a very very frustrating experience.

What amazed me, however, was the incredible depth of character. There are a variety of classes in Wizardry, each working in a completely different way to the others. The customization of loot and character RNG is far beyond even contemporary titles. I spent 4 hours in character creation alone.

But even with amazing character design, the game is brutally difficult. I won’t lie, in true 90s fashion both games are incredibly unbalanced. Some dungeons are a breeze, others one-shot your best characters. I can’t tell you how many times I had to load a save just because I walked into the wrong room and got accosted by pixelated robbers. Please nerf.

NPC actions are a breath of fresh air. Instead of boring chat options, you can talk unlimited to NPCs and cultivate rapport. You can even attack them (although that’s ill advised, they hold important parts of the lore and items you NEED to complete the game).

Speaking of lore, even with very limited ‘story’ the game still manages to keep a whole universe cultivated. Multiple endings (which were novel in 1990) and multiple beginnings allowed for huge variety in playthroughs, and honestly even the sparsely told story is much better than many RPGs today.

I promised to evaluate the state of Wizardry in today’s world, and I hope I’ve made it clear that for all its glory, Wizardry 6 and 7 (which are practically the same game, you can even carry your party over from 6 to 7) is no longer relevant in this age. I simply can’t recommend spending time in a frustrating mess unless you are a true RPG connoisseur. Even then, there are plenty of better games to play. It’s a new dawn, and Wizardry doesn’t have a place in the gaming world anymore. Rest in peace.

Final Scoring:
Story - 7
Gameplay - 7
Relevancy - 0
Graphics - 3 (unless you're 'that guy')

Received a free copy for testing/reviewing purposes. This review is part of the Steamified Community Review program. For similar reviews and fantastic giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/.
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adam_renaldo
55.3 hrs
Posted: May 23
I have nothing to add that hasn't already been said. Fun game. Definitely hits the nostalgia button hard.
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lancelot2001ca
0.4 hrs
Posted: January 30
Okay game.

Was nice at the time.

Today, the interface sucks. haha! I can't play this, it is just too laborious to play.

Buy it only on sale under 2$
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Salarn
0.6 hrs
Posted: January 26
https://youtu.be/OdnikDds3NI

It's been a long time since 1990 when Wizardry 6 was first released and sadly this game hasn't aged that well. The core wizardry gameplay is ever present but it's marred by the stiff controls and UI.

If you do want to take on the search for the cosmic forge bring some graph paper as this game is not going do you any favors.
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telos
4.9 hrs
Posted: December 22, 2015
Games like this really make me wish I was born in the good old prime days of video games.
























Because if I was I would have picked up a healthy productive hobby like reading or hiking instead.
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