Conquer the forces of Death in A Wizard’s Lizard, an action RPG for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Explore ever-changing dungeons, filled with powerful weapons and items. Battle back the hordes of evil. Rescue villagers to improve your town and increase your power for your next trek into the dungeon.
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Release Date: Jun 16, 2014

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April 6

A Wizard's Lizard: Soul Thief now available in Early Access!

The sequel to A Wizard's Lizard is now in Early Access. Come help us shape the direction of A Wizard's Lizard: Soul Thief!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/373470

A big thanks to everyone who has supported the original (and the sequel via KS, etc). We're looking forward to more lizard adventures!

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March 29

A Wizard's Lizard: Soul Thief launches on Steam Early Access in ONE WEEK

Get ready to possess monsters! We're excited to launch A Wizard's Lizard: Soul Thief on Steam Early Access in just one week, April 5th.

Matt, Geoff, Joshua, and Greg have been working tirelessly on making this the best game it can be. During Early Access we'll be updating the game weekly by adding new monsters, dungeons, and items. We hope you'll join us and help shape the game's direction while we continue development.

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Conquer the forces of Death in A Wizard’s Lizard, an action RPG for Windows, Mac and Linux. Explore ever-changing dungeons, filled with valuable treasure and powerful items, while battling back the hordes of evil. Rescue townsfolk to improve your town and aid your next trek into the dungeon.

Fans of The Legend of Zelda, Gauntlet, and The Binding of Isaac will love the retro-inspired twin-stick action of A Wizard's Lizard.

When the wizard of Amberfall unlocks the magic of eternal life, Death comes to take him away. Now his faithful pet lizard must brave procedurally-generated dungeons to save him!

Master Life & Death: Death is only the beginning as you continue to unlock secrets in the realm of the dead. Find hidden items only accessible to those who have died and discover the power of resurrection. Tread carefully, the dead do not wish to be disturbed.

Rebuild the Town: Rescue townsfolk trapped throughout the dungeons for increasing reward. Discover lost blueprints which allow the town's blacksmith to craft new weapons and armor.

Restore the Museum: Search Death's domain for stolen artifacts and legendary weapons. Every item you find is returned to the museum for display. Can you recover all of the powerful weapons, legendary armor, and magical items?

Control your lizard using your favorite gamepad (including the Xbox 360 controller) for full 360 degree movement and attacking.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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SaintDam
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
A Wizards Lizard (AWL) is a top down shooter rogue-lite with RPG elements. For those who are familiar with 'The Binding Of Isaac', AWL is an less hardcore version of it with eye candy visuals! For those who are not familiar with the genre, rogue-lite means that while it fundamentally follows the rules of rogue-likes (permadeath, no save points and randomly generated levels) it adds features that reward you for any progress you may have made in the game. This is achieved by freeing npcs that increase your starting money, finding blueprints for the town shop and finally by freeing other playable characters, each having his own starting skillset!

A great feature of this game and perhaps the reason it's unique, is the after death mechanic, like an extra life with some advantages and disadvantages. Besides that you get a second chance, as ghost or spirit, you will have access to stuff that are literally hidden in plain sight for your mortal counterpart! Be careful though, you total health is reduced and unless you revive, death in this form will result in game over.

To my surprise there are quite many items, and depending on your choices on how you want to do damage, there are the items you will need to support your choice, a quick tip, once you find a good totem try improving it! The basic run of the game consists of 3 zones, each divided into 3 subareas, each zone has its own type of enemies and boss. At the beginning I was a bit disappointed by the maps size but each new area gets bigger! Additionally there are extra areas to be discovered and locks to be unlocked with special keys that you have to find though a chain of boxes, mortal/ghost changing and some careful observation! Seriously an NPC gave me a tip of where to find a weapon relatively early in the game!

I enjoyed it a lot and it got a big bonus for me, when I figured out that there is more than meats the eye! The only negative point is the music that can become annoying. Definitely a great game to introduce the uninitiated to the genre!

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EvilLost
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
A one-dimensional, oversimplified "Binding of Isaac" clone, enjoyable, but only for a couple hours at most.

I had extremely high hopes for this game and was quite disappointed to hear that the developer has already moved on to an early access "sequel" to this game (using this game's assets) rather than properly finishing this game (notably the balance and pacing issues).

PROS:
-Fundamnetal concept is fun
-Progression in town is a good mechanic (allows you to do a "vanilla" run OR to buy whatever gear you want in base once you've unlocked it; the choice is up to the player).
-Clean controls
-Good secrets

NEUTRALS:
-Room variety is somewhat lacking.

CONS:
-Very repetitive gameplay. Floor layouts are randomized, but what is on them is not.
-Poor boss design. There is a boss at the end of each world, but it is always the same boss....the only thing that varies is the attack pattern. Rather than allowing the boss to have a mix of all the available attack patterns, instead you "randomly" get to fight only one of the boss' attack patterns. Design here really makes no sense.
-Different characters (once unlocked) provide little to change the game. They merely start out with different gear/HP, but they don't interact with the game in any unique way.
-Poor documentation. Most game mechanics are never explained (ghost form, pentagram rooms). Some text boxes inexplicably stop (for example, when talking to a shop keeper he will say "Let me explain my items...." then proceed to tell you what his items do, BUT he does not explain healing items. So if he is selling 3 healing items, he will just say "let me explain my items" and then end his sentence there. Very confusing for a new player.)
-Dev released and immediately moved on to a "sequel" using the same game engine/assets/etc. rather than addressing any of the balance or pacing problems of this game.
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Dog
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Why isn't the second game available for Linux? >.>
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MajorGamer
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
A Wizard's Lizard is a very simple roguelite, most similar to Binding of Isaac. It mainly differs with the ability to stockpile the town with just about all the items of the game by buying blueprints throughout the dungeon. Saving people in the dungeon ups your starting gold which eventually lets you start off the game with whatever you like.

The dungeon itself is your standard fair. The unique thing down there is the ability to still play after dying. After you die, you go into ghost form which makes the ghost enemies able to attack you. If you die again, that is it but you can revive yourself at a circle that is on every level.

The enemies themselves are fairly easy. They have simple patterns and die very quickly until the final set of levels. Things are picked up a bit then but not by much.

While there is nothing really wrong or bad with the game itself, the big problem is that Binding of Isaac exists. It is a far superior game in every respect. The only way I can recommend this game is if you wanted something simpler and easier.
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Hawk Zombie
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
I personally like it.

Cute little rogue-like in the vein of Binding of Isaac.
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Porb Morjwyx
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Pretty much a slightly more generous Binding of Isaac, but with a more concrete sense of progression between runs. Sometimes I want to feel like I'm good at a game, you know?

Also, you don't have to be embarrassed if someone sees you playing it and you're over the age of 15.
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LazerApple
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Hm, above average game.
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MountainKeeperPsycho
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
When I first played the game on my other account (200+ h), I expected nothing more than a simple Rogue-Like/TopDown-Game, but over time, I discovered the complexity of this game. A lot of weapons, armor and useful items, a lot of different enemies, playable characters and environments, and a bunch of cool ♥♥♥ mechanics.

+Steam Achievements
+Much to see, but pretty simple
+An alternative to The Binding of Isaac (Which I've played a lot too)

-Graphic style is maybe not everyone's thing
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laser mare removal
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
i'm a scaly i guess
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VigorousJammer
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
It's like Binding of Isaac, but it actually controls well.
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Silk
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
It has potential but the loot system is lacking, both in UX (I want to see stats) and variety (I want the potential for godlike item combos - see Isaac).
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Vidavis Prime
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
But as it is it is just kinda boring samey and grindy as hell. What makes game like Risk of Rain and Binding of Isaac good? It is the fact that not 2 runs feel the same really. But this game has way to much samey feeling. The item system is just bad. The devs should kill all items, and then rework the entire item system to be like 80% passive items that synergize. This game has 0 synergies. And honestly it is why I just can't bring myself to like it, sadly. Isaac only has 2 classes of items where you must make a choice between the item you hold or the item you find. But this game, I think all the items are a choice, you cant have 2 items to synergize, and honestly this is where this game fails...

The Binding of Isaac is just so much better. I mean look at my play times, I have over 300 hrs in Isaac and not even 20 hrs in this game, and I just don't want to play it anymore. I love Playing Isaac for its crazy synergies, but this game really has none, it is almost always the same, you very rarely find something good, and the game is just way, way, WAY too hard, out of 31 attempts I have had 0 wins

2\10
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Heffe
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Just get the binding of isaac instead.
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XavierArmstrong
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Very simple controls, which make it a quick to pick up game. Though, it takes quite a good amount of effort before you can progress much easier in it. Make the time and effort that you invest in it well worth it, as you can get better starting items and you learn what playstyle works best for yourself.
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Jin
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
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QuillKnight
( 111.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
For those who want a simple game with a high difficulty rating, look no further. There are few crazy mechanics to learn (such as with Binding of Isaac), and a complete run-through typically takes me about 50 minutes. Don't let that time estimate fool you, though - you will die. A lot.

Is it perfect? Not at all. Some achievements are impossible to figure out without the use of the wiki, the monster variation isn't terribly high, and there are things you will desperately wish you had known before you did something like accidentally shoot one of the merchants (who then turns into a super-fast, boss-like creature). In my experience, though, every game has its downsides, and these really aren't too bad.

What it comes down to is that this is a Zelda-like game that is easy to learn, fun to play, has lots of replayability, and isn't quite so soul-crushingly difficult as most of the rogue-likes on the market today. That being said, if you WANT soul-crushing difficulty, try the Challenge Modes!
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Dr. Shenanigans
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
a very fun game.

despite the inevitable comparisons,
I feel like it would be unfair to compare this game to the binding of isaac.

-AWL's much more forgiving when it comes to item progression.
-actual hidden secrets
-lovely music.
-skill factors just as much as equipment does.
-OP combos still will wreck everything.
-watch for traps.

-don't play this game in windowed mode if you're using mouse/keyboard.

if you like top-down shooters, but couldn't stomach or raged too much with isaac, get this game.
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Bumblebugbee3
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
I love roguelikes or more precisely the emerging genre of roguelike-likes. After the near perfection of Spelunky I had a hard time finding a game that really satisfy my desire for the genre. A couple games have stuck out and one of them is A Wizard's Lizard. Clever title aside I have to say this is a really fun game with a couple really clever concepts.

At its core A Wizard's Lizards is a top-down dungeon brawler. Every time you play you're dropped in maze of randomly laid out rooms. You're free to explore them all to max out your loot and find better equipment. Or minimize harm to yourself a go straight to the boss room. That is the beauty of any great roguelike, the push-your-luck choices you constantly have to make.

The combat system is fairly simple but feels really good. Find the right weapon and equipment to match your play-style then go to town on the enemies. Unlimited use of your staff is great just be sure to watch your cool down time. Your soul orbs give you a nice powerful boost but its number of uses is limited so be careful.

The coolest part of this game and the element that makes it so unique is its light/dark mechanic. Death is not the end in this game. When lose all your hit points go from the dark world to one of light. Many of the enemies you struck down will reemerge as ghosts and ghouls. Quickly make your way to nearest wicca symbol to give yourself back to the darkest and protect yourself from death once more. Being able to recover from a near death experience like this is quite exhilarating.

To conclude, this a well thought out roguelike. It has a very charming, colorful, art style with may funny looking characters. The combat consist mostly of smart movement and equipment savaging. All put together a neat little game that doesn't take terribly long to complete but is difficult enough to make you try a handful of times till you make it through.
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triplebooyah
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
In a nutshell: A more casual and lighthearted take on Binding of Isaac. That said, it's well-made and enjoyable. Controls are good and there's a lot of replayability. My only slight gripe would be that for feeling so casual, a typical playthrough can last a decently long time, and I wish there were a way to save your spot to return to later. Don't shoot the shopkeep, he's tougher than a few of the bosses.
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Mightyelk
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
Very repetitive and boring after couple of hours. Two mistakes that rouglikes shouldn't make.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Pretty much a slightly more generous Binding of Isaac, but with a more concrete sense of progression between runs. Sometimes I want to feel like I'm good at a game, you know?

Also, you don't have to be embarrassed if someone sees you playing it and you're over the age of 15.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I personally like it.

Cute little rogue-like in the vein of Binding of Isaac.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
A Wizards Lizard (AWL) is a top down shooter rogue-lite with RPG elements. For those who are familiar with 'The Binding Of Isaac', AWL is an less hardcore version of it with eye candy visuals! For those who are not familiar with the genre, rogue-lite means that while it fundamentally follows the rules of rogue-likes (permadeath, no save points and randomly generated levels) it adds features that reward you for any progress you may have made in the game. This is achieved by freeing npcs that increase your starting money, finding blueprints for the town shop and finally by freeing other playable characters, each having his own starting skillset!

A great feature of this game and perhaps the reason it's unique, is the after death mechanic, like an extra life with some advantages and disadvantages. Besides that you get a second chance, as ghost or spirit, you will have access to stuff that are literally hidden in plain sight for your mortal counterpart! Be careful though, you total health is reduced and unless you revive, death in this form will result in game over.

To my surprise there are quite many items, and depending on your choices on how you want to do damage, there are the items you will need to support your choice, a quick tip, once you find a good totem try improving it! The basic run of the game consists of 3 zones, each divided into 3 subareas, each zone has its own type of enemies and boss. At the beginning I was a bit disappointed by the maps size but each new area gets bigger! Additionally there are extra areas to be discovered and locks to be unlocked with special keys that you have to find though a chain of boxes, mortal/ghost changing and some careful observation! Seriously an NPC gave me a tip of where to find a weapon relatively early in the game!

I enjoyed it a lot and it got a big bonus for me, when I figured out that there is more than meats the eye! The only negative point is the music that can become annoying. Definitely a great game to introduce the uninitiated to the genre!

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This game was given to me by the steamified group.
For similar reviews and great giveaways feel free to visit http://www.steamified.com
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
But as it is it is just kinda boring samey and grindy as hell. What makes game like Risk of Rain and Binding of Isaac good? It is the fact that not 2 runs feel the same really. But this game has way to much samey feeling. The item system is just bad. The devs should kill all items, and then rework the entire item system to be like 80% passive items that synergize. This game has 0 synergies. And honestly it is why I just can't bring myself to like it, sadly. Isaac only has 2 classes of items where you must make a choice between the item you hold or the item you find. But this game, I think all the items are a choice, you cant have 2 items to synergize, and honestly this is where this game fails...

The Binding of Isaac is just so much better. I mean look at my play times, I have over 300 hrs in Isaac and not even 20 hrs in this game, and I just don't want to play it anymore. I love Playing Isaac for its crazy synergies, but this game really has none, it is almost always the same, you very rarely find something good, and the game is just way, way, WAY too hard, out of 31 attempts I have had 0 wins

2\10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
When I first played the game on my other account (200+ h), I expected nothing more than a simple Rogue-Like/TopDown-Game, but over time, I discovered the complexity of this game. A lot of weapons, armor and useful items, a lot of different enemies, playable characters and environments, and a bunch of cool ♥♥♥ mechanics.

+Steam Achievements
+Much to see, but pretty simple
+An alternative to The Binding of Isaac (Which I've played a lot too)

-Graphic style is maybe not everyone's thing
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147 of 178 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
It starts out being a blast as you rescue townsfolk, get newer and better items, and get further along into the game; but eventually devolves into repetitiveness. Although a roguelike in vein of TLoZ and BoI, it hardly gets very random. Due to this, as your skill level goes up, you get further in just to be hit by gobs of enemies. This is where the game's fault lies in as the enemies tend to take a lot of punishment before going down. As you get to the final area of the game, it gets worse in this regard as now said sponge enemies now hit like trucks and with every death you'll just be visiting the same rooms over and over and over. Now in an average roguelike, this wouldn't be a problem. In AWL, it's hardly random enough to give the player a reason to continue to do so.

Finding blueprints enables you to reduce the luck element by finding a good enough item that you can now use at the beginning of the game upon purchasing it. However, even that process could essentially be considered "grinding" as you're going through the same places yet again to get something to help you get through the game's 3 main areas.

Due to enemies spamming you in large amounts and them being able to take a heavy amount of punishment; rather than them changing up tactics, (or even getting new attacks or becoming faster for example) they essentially don't do anything creative with them. Everything else, such as the music, is passable at best. Overall, the game's faults will eventually wear you out on enjoying it.
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122 of 144 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
You awaken in a Wizard's Tower as Raga, the adorable reptilian familiar of a great wizard, only to witness your master being taken away by Death himself. After a brief tutorial, it turns out the little guy wants to take on Death's Crypts and its perils all alone and here your adventure begins. The story is very straight forward, very effective and is perfectly reminiscent of the best titles of the 80s and 90s. A Wizard's Lizard is a fantastic new top-down ARPG dungeon crawling experience which borrows many light elements from the roguelike genre, making it a more than worthy addition to Steam's growing library of rogue-lites.

While beginning A Wizard's Lizard I can see that buried under all of it's simple and elegant charm there is a lot of content to be discovered. The first thing I noticed is that aside from our strong-willed little Lizard mascot, there are 4 more mysteriously blacked out character slots for unlockable types all of varying look and ability. After the short cutscene and tutorial you stumble into the huge halls of a luxurious and massive museum where you learn that the cherished artifacts of this sprawling monument have been stolen by, once again, Death himself. There are at least six different vast rooms in the museum all full of empty podiums for you to fill up with items, enemies and a vast array of other unlockables that you find throughout your journey, just another telling sign of the incredible amount of content and replayability that you will find with this game.

Your next stop before getting into the chaotic meat of this addictive game is the town which you'll notice at first seems a little empty. You find out that lost in the Cemetery ahead are the people of this once thriving town for you to find who will give different perks such as discounts in shops which are all persistent throughout your plays and once again adds another insane layer of content to this already hefty game. As you find people certain areas of the town will fill out for you to interact with including the Shop and Tavern, creating more and more reason to revisit the starting area as you delve deeper and deeper.

You have several main abilities to master in your endeavors through the dungeons ahead including your main weapon which is tied to precise right-stick directions, a dash ability, soul Orbs which act as bombs, and Totem Poles which act as defensive towers with different forms for you to find and try. There are loads upon loads of different items and artifacts to find of varying abilities such as the skill to see damage numbers in combat or increased attack power and every single one of them alters your gameplay just enough to change up your playstyle on every consecutive run, keeping you on your toes each time.

The game is definitely challenging though you are given a second chance with the very cool and unique life/death system, plunging you into the realm of the dead upon the loss of life and turning you into a ghost for extended play. This isn't as much of a relief as it sounds, however, as you will be joined by the rampaging spirits of foes killed in the past.

As you get into the core gameplay things happen very quick instantly throwing you into the hectic rooms of the cemetary all of which are procedurally-generated and randomized in classic roguelite fashion, bustling with hordes of enemies and destructible objects scattered all across the enviroment. The action itself is very tight, precise, fast paced twin-stick fare which require quick reflexes and fast thinking with your arsenal of abilities and there is so much going on in a single room it can sometimes get overwhelming. Luckily with the perks you get from various items, upgrades to your abilities such as Totem Poles, persistent bonuses from rescuing townspeople, and discoverable shortcuts the game becomes more manageable, fun, and addictive with every play.

Most will be quick to put this in the same category as other top-down roguelites of recent years, but I'd say A Wizard's Lizard sets itself apart by achieving a much closer feeling to the classics it was inspired by than titles such as Binding of Isaac by having a much stronger and more realized resemblance to the sound, aesthetics, and gameplay of old favorites akin to Zelda or Gauntlet. There is no limit to the replayability of A Wizard's Lizard, and it is a must-buy as well as a very welcome addition to the world of roguelite dungeon crawlers.
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105 of 133 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
An Indie darling in its own right, Binding of Isaac has had the benefit of an extensive DLC expansion and being developed and produced by the one of the creators of the critically acclaimed Super Meat Boy. To this day, both of these still hold a spot amongst my most favorite games. I’ve put near 40 hours into my Isaac addiction alone, so I’m rather critical when it comes to grading similar titles. With my time with the Wizard’s Lizard, I’ve found an equally addicting affair that takes several lauded features from Isaac and other similar roguelike titles, and modifies and even improves some to craft an occasionally familiar, but wholly enjoyable experience.


First and foremost, WL plays like a twin-stick Isaac; you’re not limited to 4-way firing. You also have a dedicated sprinting function, which you will utilize to get out of sticky situations. Rather than bombs, you have access to a magical immediate-area blast attack and “totems” which, depending on type, can be laid at any point and can rain all manner of elemental justice on your enemies. These run on a cooldown system, and it quickly shows to be an unwise decision to waste them on weaker enemies. In fact, a major benefit the totems bring to gameplay is an element of strategy that Isaac typically lacks. There are situations where enemies will not be defeated by standard weaponry alone before they can reach you, but with a well-placed totem, a trap can fell a group of nasties before they have the opportunity to sap half your health bar.

And sap it they will, but then even this becomes a unique part of WL, as death isn’t the end. In fact, it’s often the means to great rewards! Dying once turns your character in a halo wearing ghost, and this brings new implications and dangers. On death, enemies occasionally leave behind spirits of their own, and while in your own ghostly form, they can now hurt you. The risk comes in several dungeon-wide escapades that require the use of living and ghostly forms to pursue, as being ghost lizard allows you access to specific items that only he can reach. While death can bring on even greater challenges with new enemies, it’s entirely possible to earn your life back. Fighting through the ghostly hoard to earn back the privilege of your fleshy exterior is all but imperative, as you will not likely survive the later areas without the crutch of your ghostly half to fall back on should you perish again.

Just like in Isaac, every game you start drops you in a fairly different series of rooms each time, though they start to blend together on repeat playthroughs, as the situational variety tends to dwindle quickly. In lieu of upgrades that give or modify abilities, you find a variety of weapons and equipment, like helmets, gloves, charms and the like. However, (and this is a big issue I have with WL), wearing a spiked helmet, green gloves, demon boots, a diamond ring, several charm necklaces AND carrying an abacus around do not change my appearance in the slightest. One of the most entertaining visual aspects of Isaac was the variety of horrid things you could do to him simply by finding upgrades! The game loses an excellent source of entertainment by not providing similar feedback to the player beyond a menu screen list.

In keeping up with any upgrades and items you’ve nabbed, the in-game menu screen provides a much needed function that I always wish was in Isaac. You always have access to a larger map and a detailed list of all owned items and their abilities. This leads to my favorite feature in Lizard, one that really sets it apart from Isaac in a superb way: progression! Before beginning a run, you’re dropped into a hub, where you have access to a store. While dungeoning, you may run across special shops that will sell you a single blueprint. These blueprints give permanent additions to the hub store, where you can buy and set your starting equipment before each run. To earn money for your equipment, you must seek out missing adventurers in the dungeons and rescue them. Each rescue adds a permanent 500 gold to your starting funds, and a plucky new npc to wander around the hub.

But far and away my favorite indication of progression comes from the upper door in the hub, which leads to the museum. What could be in a museum, you ask? Well, this museum provides several rooms, each detailing a specific aspect your progression. How many enemies have you killed from a specific dungeon? What weapons have you found? Equipment sorted through? Each found item finds a resting place, along with an apt description of what it is and what it does. The enemy rooms indicate just how many you’ve killed, along with an often cute description and their behavior pattern. It adds an entirely new dynamic to playing the game, and appeals to my want to play just one more in hopes of finding another something to add to my collection. The metagame is strong in this one.

The last item of importance in the hub is the ability to open shortcuts to further dungeon zones a la Spelunky. Opening the first one was a bit of a pain for me, so I’ll enjoy not explaining how I did it.

There are secrets that are in no way apparent on your first, fifth, or twentieth playthrough, and I won’t give any hints as to the whereabouts of the few I know of. What I will touch on is possibly the most important aspect of this game in relation to Isaac: The Difficulty. Typically, the game is standard fare, with your ability to escape dungeons unscathed hinging on your ability to adapt to specific creatures and situations that most often present themselves. That said, there were certainly rare instances of little resistance prior to a specific room, only to be so completely overwhelmed as to die then and there. At the end of each zone you will come across a boss, and this is one of the stronger aspects of WL when compared to Isaac. In Isaac, boss characters may differ on colors, and therefore strength, speed or defense. In WL, bosses behave differently, with varying methods of attack, depending on your luck of the draw. I can’t tell you how irritated I was to reach the first boss for the second or third time only for him to whip out an entirely different attack pattern that I hadn’t previously witnessed… and kill me. I was flabbergasted in the best possible way. That said, boss encounters can be too difficult. They have far too much health, and the few attack upgrades you can find barely augment your strength to point where I didn’t even really notice a difference. Expect to spend a lot of time learning patterns and flexing your muscle memory if you want to succeed.


Wizard’s Lizard more than scratches the itch left by Binding of Isaac, and improves and even introduces many features unique to the genre. This game relies heavily on acquired blueprints, making your starting inventory the most important aspect of each playthrough. During my play time, I’ve noticed several mechanics and ideas lifted straight from the most popular action rogues, namely Isaac and Spelunky, but this in no way detracted from my time with WL. Rather it insights warm feelings of times gone by with some of my favorite gaming experiences. In the week that I’ve been playing WL, features have been added and notable tweaks were made. I fully expect more content to make its way in for a good while, and what’s here is already arguably more than enough. In short, this game is excellent, and easily sucks away the hours crawling through dungeons just to get a little bit closer to the end, or find that one item or blueprint you’ve been pining after.
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Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
Someone recomended me this game because it was supposedly similar to "Binding of Isaac", but had native controller support and other roguelike elements and I decided to try.

The game was interesting on the first run, but once I realized how little the items added to the gameplay and the repetitive nature of the levels it got boring pretty quick.

In my opinion, what makes "Binding of Isaac" shine as a great game are the unique items and the carefully balanced challenge. You keep trying to do one run after another, motivated by the thrill of what new item combination you will obtain, how will it affect your gameplay and how far can you get with it. I felt no such thing in AWL, none at all. After 10 runs or so the SAME items would keep popping over and over, and I could barely tell the difference between any of them. The weapons were the most interesting part, but even so they had all the same damage and it didn't fell much different from using any of them.

The "level design" was OK at best, switching quickly from empty rooms with a zombie to a large room with 5 enemies at close range, while a goblin throws daggers at you and a werewolf comes charging from off-screen. Then an empty room with explosive barrels and a switch that opens the door. I get it is "randomly generated", but the generation mechanics and base rooms should be more interesting or ballanced. The player should be given the opportunity to gear a bit or meeting new enemies before being thrown in a room with 10 of it charing at him.

The totem mechanic interested me a lot, but then I got an abbacus and checked the totem damage, which was basically the same as my own weapon and got disappointed. I tried to make a full-totem build by obtaining the totem book and shaman items, but in the end using it was so clunky, having to put it on the ground and kite enemies to it while waiting for it to poof and hope that the hitbox didn't cheat me. Most of the times it was simply easier to backtrack and throw hits at the enemy one at a time than wait for them to get hit by the totem.

Now don't get me wrong, I love "roguelikes" and the difficulty associated with them, but what makes them fun is the possibility to test your limits and play the game everytime with a different set of cards. This feels to me more like I am playing an old NES game like Ghosts and Goblins where I have to keep repeating the same stuff and the difficulty is centered around perfect timing, patience and execution of it.

I personally do not recommend the game, and if you feel that the things I cited are important for you, if you enjoyed "Binding of Isaac" for the items and hate doing the same stuff again, maybe this is not the game for you.
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Recommended
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
At the Time of Writing
Game: A Wizard's Lizard
Price: $8.49* (reg $16.99)
Genre: Action/RPG/Rogue-like
Time Played: 42 hours
Personal Enjoyment Rating: ☺☺☺☺☻

Links I Found Helpful**
A Youtube review by Northernlionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYPa6XHPxP4

General
You may think that I absolutely love this game if you've looked at my hours played, and although I am enjoying it and I do recommend it, take it with a grain of salt please. I've found this game to be somewhat difficult, but the completionist in me just can not accept defeat, and so I keep coming back again and again. At this point I have 50 deaths and 0 wins. Therefore, I'm not at all sure what the ratio is between the game being challenging and my skill level being awful.

There are a few characters to unlock, however that is far in your future if you're anything like me. First you need to learn the ropes of the game. One of the most enjoyable aspects of a Wizard's Lizard is the opportunity to explore for yourself and get to grips with how to accomplish the objective of the game. However, as you learn a little more each time you die, it has to be said that the biggest drawback to this game is the repetativeness.

Last of all, I must mention that I have not played The Binding of Isaac, and therefore I can not give you any comments comparing the two games to each other. I find the Binding of Isaac too gory.

Gameplay
You are a lizard. A very cute lizard that looks cross and sticks his tongue out every time you attack. Your objective is to battle Death and help your wizard. You do this by wandering through the dungeon until you get to the last area. There are three main areas and two side areas. Getting hit (losing health) is a very bad thing because healing items are relatively few and far between.

As you progress further and further into the dungeon, you'll be able to rescue villagers and buy blueprints which are the two persistent progression aspects to the game. They will give you more options in town before you start a run, making you more powerful, and thus more likely to get further.

That's about it. It's pretty simple. Kill stuff before it kills you. Don't get hit. Get to the end. Although, as I might have mentioned before, it isn't necessarily easy to do.

Controls
Controls are WASD to move and arrow keys to attack (you can also use the mouse to attack, but I found it rather cumbersome to use). There are few hotkeys to learn to make life easier, but the three most important ones are: Z is a spell attack, X puts down a totem, and shift makes you dash. It's important to learn to use your abilities to help you clear out rooms faster and with less death.

Storyline
Very basic. It's really more of a theme than anything else. At the start there is a short cutscene setting you up to go rescue your wizard. Since I haven't managed to win a game yet I can't comment much more than that.

Sound
I really enjoy the music, it's quite fun if repetitive, but repetitive like Tetris or other beloved old games. You are warned if you hate repetitive music. The sound effects are rather basic and a little jarring on the ears. There are only a few which I deem practical sounds - giving you warning of an incoming attack.

Graphics
Delightful graphics in my opinion. Cartoony, sure, but charming. I also appreciate that I can turn off the bloody globs of zombie exploding because I do not enjoy gore. The lighting effects are very neat, although after a while they became tiresome for me because they do make gameplay harder. There is an option to turn the lighting effects off.

Pros
+ explore the game for yourself to learn the ropes
+ charming graphics
+ hotkeys
+ a lot to do for completionists
+ achievements*** are more like challenges
+ super cute lizard
Cons
- repetitive
- repetitive
- repetitive

Help Me Help You
If you did not find this review helpful, I would really appreciate your constructive criticism - tell me why it wasn’t helpful for you. It’s my hope to make the reviews that I do take the time to write up, as helpful as they possibly can be.

Rothana's Steam Review Archive
For those that are interested in seeing more of my reviews, I have set up an archive of them at an external website. I don't earn anything off of this at all, it's just a little side project that I add to when I can. Steam won't let me create a direct link though, so you'll need to make your own way to the URL I describe now: rothana dot weebly dot com

Footnotes
*Any prices that I mention are in CDN because that is what I see. The primary price I list at the top is the price that I bought the game at.
**I will not be keeping an eye on whether the links are up to date, so if they are broken I apologise. Remember that these are external websites and I'm just trying to be helpful - I'm not responsible for the content on the other end.
***Don't even get me started on achievements. My rant follows: Suffice it to say that I think most achievements are complete waste of space. The only reason I'm going to mention them as a plus point on a game is if they're being used properly. I don't care if you managed to kill your first zombie in the first five minutes of the tutorial... that isn't an achievement. Achievements should be challenges for the player to complete which are somewhat difficult to accomplish, and/or make you think about the game in a different way, thereby getting you to explore different ways of doing things and thus expanding upon the gameplay.

Edit Log
27/11/2014 added "help me help you" section
18/02/2015 added "rothana's archive" section
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Not Recommended
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2015
My main issues with A Wizard's Lizard are: the game is too repetitive; there is not enough content; and everything becomes annoying (enemies, rooms, equipment).

A Small Explanation Of What A Wizard's Lizard Is All About

A Wizard's Lizard is very similar to The Binding of Isaac, but has an upgrade system similar to Rogue Legacy. During your crawl in the dungeon you can rescue an infinite number of villagers (3 max per crawl) who each give you 500 Gold to start each of your runs with. You spend your money before you enter the dungeon (or choose to save some or all of it for in-dungeon purchases). You spend your money on weapons / other equipment of which you purchase blueprints for in the dungeon. Dying will leave you in ghost form, but you can return to normal on the second part of each area.


The Game Is Too Repetitive

There are 3 main areas (Cemetery, Sewers, Crypt) each with 3 parts to them (e.g. Sewer 1, Sewer 2, Sewer 3) and 2 sub-areas with 1 part each respectively. That's it. All crawls feel the same because everything is set in stone. Blueprints, shopkeepers (and the kinds of items they sell), secret enemies and paths will always be in the same areas (e.g. Cemetery 2 will always have a blueprint for purchase, and Crypt 1 will always have a villager to rescue in the area). You always fight Death at the end. There are no surprises. Someone even wrote a guide on what you can find exactly in each level: https://steamcommunity.com/app/280040/discussions/0/540744934619347325/?

There Is Not Enough Content

Many of the weapons feel the same and I think a lot of them should not even be in the game. There's even a weapon called the Owl Slayer that is very effective against Owl enemies. The problem with bringing such a weapon is that Owl enemies are only in the first area (Cemetery). Owls are not even difficult enough to warrant bringing a weapon for the sole purpose of making it easier to kill them. As stated before, there are 3 main areas with 2 sub-areas. One of the sub-areas does not have a Boss at the end, so that's 3 main Bosses and 1 sub-boss. There are also a couple special enemies you can fight if you want to, but you usually do not want to. Unlocking shortcuts to the Crypt and Sewers are laughably easy. You just have to kill one of those special enemies in each area once, which is not hard at all. You will also encounter the same enemies over and over with the exception of a few rare enemies. The game has 72 blueprints to collect (those 72 blueprints do not even include every piece of equipment in the game). The game has a Museum that lets you know which weapons / equipment you have completed the game with. I have completed the game with every weapon and piece of equipment and I can say it was not worth it.

Everything Is Annoying

The Rooms: There is so much BS in a lot of the rooms that you have to be overly careful. Every room becomes a tedious nightmare making the game difficult for all the wrong reasons. There are so many non-enemy structures that when destroyed will send projectiles flying out and are very annoying. The Crypt is littered with arrow wall traps and the Sewers have wall traps that spew green liquid on you that slows you down and is more of a nuisance than anything. Rooms freeze with all activated / deactivated traps as they were when you leave a room. So if there is a sliding spike trap located near a door and it barely misses you as you get through the door, you will have to take damage on the way back for not paying attention. Another instance of this happening is when you die and become a ghost; all ghost enemies in previously completed rooms will be unfrozen like the spike trap. I died on a crawl one time after I was backtracking to get revived when I went through a room I had cleared before when I was alive, but now it had a skull ghost in the doorway which killed me instantly upon entering the room. Another annoying part of the rooms is that they can have annoying traps like webs on the floor that slow you down, fans that push or pull you, spike traps that spring up from under the floor, and spike traps that slide across the floor when you get in range. They are all annoying and everywhere.

The Weapons / Equipment: Damage upgrades are necessary if you want to have a fun time in your crawls, but they are somewhat rare (for one thing you cannot purchase any of them at the town before a crawl) and all of the damage upgrades except for the charms come with a downgrade. The downgrade is that with each piece of spiked equipment you put on, your fire rate will go down.

The Enemies: Once you enter a room with enemies you cannot leave until every enemy is dead (except for the 2 crystal enemies). This becomes especially annoying when you go into a room on accident. Some of the enemies can be fun to fight like the two types of Owls who attack you depending on which Owl type you attack which have some great strategic scenarios. And then there are all of the other enemies who all feel the same. Some enemies can freeze or slow you, but the majority of them just charge at you. The later stages feel like there are too many enemies / traps and the enemies have too much health. Some enemies can even kill you in one hit with an explosion against a wall.


Final Thoughts

If you're a completionist, you may find some entertainment from collecting every available blueprint (which was a pain to do by the way) or completing the game with every weapon and piece of equipment (which also was not very fun). The Museum also tracks how many times you've killed an enemy and will make the trophy of that monster Golden when you've "Mastered" killing them. This can mean a low number of kills like 25 or upwards of 500+. I'm not even going to try that because a lot of the enemies are rare or take a long time to get to.

You may also be interested in this game if you want a 10-20 hour game that you never want to play again.
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39 of 50 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
90.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
BIAS: I did a spot of Beta testing on it but forced myself to stick with bugs, no feature requests (usually). I'm attempting to review the game as someone without this experience obviously, apologies in advance for where the lines blur.

DESCRIPTION
Wizard's Lizard is a procedurally generated 3/4 view Gauntlet-like/Zelda-like. You play a Lizard called Raga but there are unlockable characters. The story is bare bones, someone's gone, go get them and there's stuff getting in your way along the way.

You earn gold as you go which allows you to buy equipment at the shops, Armour, Buff Items, Weapons and the relatively new Totems (area of effect device with cooldown). There's also a big shop at the start in the town area that you help stock with items by finding blueprints for them the dungeons.

Your starting gold and starting shop inventory is state, it's saved whenever you quit the game. So as play goes on you get richer and your starting shop is more bountiful. In time using the better equipment will obviously allow you to take a pop at some of the harder looking achievements, speedrunning etc.

In terms of gameplay you run around a series of procedurally generated rooms that lock when you enter like Zelda, when everything hostile is dead you can leave again. Every weapon in your inventory is thrown at the enemy like in Gauntlet. Almost every enemy is shooting at you as well, it's pretty slow-paced so I'd say don't expect bullet-hell. The room design was constantly (and presumably still is) tweaked so the challenge instead coalesces more from claustrophobic room setups and a blocked off paths here and there rather than constant twitch-style play. Watch out for traps though.

Where the game takes its own route is the death mechanic, when you die everything goes bright as you enter a kind of purgatory where the souls of most of the monsters you've killed, even in preceding rooms are now after you. The game's parlance is to call it "The Realm of the Dead" (or RoTD). The living monsters that you left behind in the Realm of the Living (let's call it RoTL) however can also still hit you so you're basically increasing your monster count if you're unfortunate enough to die, you've received a second chance but it's slightly harder so it's more of a wake up call if anything. Once you die here you really die this time and it's game over.

As you might think there are elements of the game that actually require you to be in the RoTD like to pick up a key for a chest or something similar. You can bring yourself back to life by standing on a single-use pentagram, but it really is only single-use and there's not many of them, they cover entire monsterless rooms so you'll spot them when you see it.

PROS:
Out of every procedurally-generated game I've played, this one has the least amount of rooms designed and it shows in the quality of the rooms. There's more than the average brain could handle and that's enough, a lot of other developers could take note from this, less is more.

Fast startup, after some one-time story dialogue every playthrough is instant.

Secrets, quite a bit to discover, not just in terms of unlockables but also in aspects of the mechanics.

The art, very well polished. What you see in the trailer and screenshots is constant throughout no lapse in quality that I can see.

The boss design, can't go further without spoilers.

Enemy movement, with each new monster comes a new movement pattern. Variety (and dodging) abounds when two opposing enemy styles meld in the one room as you're backing into a corner.

CONS:
Something has to suffer particularly in a small indie team and undoubtedly in this game it's the sound. The sound effects are pretty low quality and quite a lot of the music is too short and you can hear the point when it loops. Not disastrous though, I've certainly not had to take to turning the sound off or anything. Hopefully the quality will increase with further development.

Sometimes they tell you, sometimes they don't. There are elements of the game that need explaining just like in Binding of Isaac, except where Binding of Isaac clearly drew a line between when it was a real secret and when it wasn't, in this game it really comes across like sometimes they had the time and sometimes they didn't. Again something I'm sure can change over time.

Lag. It's made in HTML5 and JavaScript using 2D Canvas, squeezing the kind of performance they already get is very impressive but it beggars the obvious question, why choose these development tools? Rendering with another engine like Pixi or going straight to WebGL would likely melt these problems away in an instant, might not be plausible on existing code base but hopefully 2D Canvas is not the way of Lost Decade's future projects. (BIAS: There is a short term lag issue with mouse right now as well that shouldn't be around for too long, they should be able to squash that one quite quick)

SUMMARY/CONCLUSION/QUESTIONS THAT I MADE UP:
Worth £10.99?
A lot more, doubtlessly. I paid closer to £25 for early access if I remember right. Worth every penny.

Blah blah blah blah Binding of Isaac?
Binding of Isaac was made by someone widely considered to be one of the best indie game developers currently working , with a number of finished titles already under his belt. He pulled inspiration from as far back as Nethack and peppered the story with elements of his own childhood and worked with a legendary game musician so he could tell a story. If you like me came to Wizard's Lizard because you enjoyed Binding of Isaac then you've found an excellent game but not another Binding of Isaac. Their intentions differ from each other and it shows, yes even in the gameplay. (BIAS: I can actually confirm that regardless of superficial similarities the developers have mentioned several times that this game was not inspired by Binding of Isaac, directly or indirectly. I think it was specifically Zelda 3 they drew from but can't remember)

What would I like to see in the game?
The game is complete as is I feel but I think the Realm of the Dead is far too decoupled from the rest of the game, there are a few opportunities to willingly kill yourself and reap any kind of benefit and they add up to less than a handful of scripted events from the devs, I feel this could do with the most fleshing out. Secondly, achievements, achievements, achievements, there's far too few, this game could do with so much more. I'm assuming they still want to change the game about a bit and they don't want to create an achievement that then becomes obsolete after an update but I hope more achievements follow soon.

I thoroughly enjoy the game and speedrunning it later in the year will be a lot of fun. The kills really mount up and before you know it you begin to feel a pang of remorse for wiping out 864 owls or imagining the families of the scores of slain Goblins, good Goblins who died in the Amberfall Death Wars to your psychopathic Lizard, their widows traipsing through the desolate Cemetery with their late husbands dual daggers wrapped in cloth saying "...this is all that's left of him. Haven't you done enough!! Can't we challenge death as you have!!", but you don't hear them, you're knee deep in the remains of some minotaur smashing down lanterns for spare gold. He also recovers health by eating cupcakes! So kids will enjoy it too it's got that dual fun element to it.

There's not much else to explain, go watch a couple of let's play videos and you'll get if it's for you or not. It wears a lot of what makes it so fun on it's sleeve. WYSIWYG. A resounding thumbs up from me.
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65 of 95 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
A Wizard's Lizard (AWL) is a unique roguelike which not only shines because of its graphics, but also by its innovation and gameplay.

Unlike typical roguelikes (RLs) AWL features progression, meaning that you can free townsfolk each of whom grants you money for your next runs. During your runs you can aquire blueprints which allow you to purchase gear before your next attempt.
This system makes dieing less punishing and significantly lowers the frustration level which is typical for this genre.
Unlike other RLs AWL grants you a 2nd chance when you die. You can walk around as a ghost, but will face more enemies. If you manage to reach a pentagramm you can also revive yourself!
Tip: There are puzzles and secrets which require you to be a ghost!

This being said, AWL is a very "skill" dependent game. Snowballing into victory by overpowered items won't happen.

AWL also features an interesting totem system. Totems are stationary buffs, debuffs or "turrets" that can be found during or, with according blueprints, purchased before the run.
Giving a player "abilities" is nothing new, but it's relatively new for roguelikes. It's also worth mentioning since it was introduced as direct result of community feedback.
Having followed and played the game for 5 month before the initial release, I am happy to see that the Devs not only do their best to fix the usual problems, but also value gameplay suggestions.


I deeply recommand this game, for roguelike-veterans as well as players who are new to the genre.
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Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
While this game looks nice, has a great theme and tone set by the visuals, and has a pretty nice upgrade system, there were many things that really killed my enjoyment of it.

While individual rooms are generated well, with a random layout and varied monsters, each floor is utterly predictable, from the number of rooms to the effective contents of each.

You don't do much damage, and you don't have many ways to get HP back, which is nice and reasonable, however every time you kill an enemy or break a destructable object the entire screen shakes. It seems like overkill, and quickly becomes more of an annoyance. Does every single kill need to have that impact? You can have upwards of 50 creatures on the screen at a time in some rooms. That's stopped being an occasional screen shake and become more of a semi-permanant earthquake.

The graphics look nice, but the game ran very badly on my machine. If more than one enemy was taking damage at a time the whole game seemed to tank for a few frames. If several traps go off at once, again, it tanks.

The game runs in a window, which is nice, but if you accidentally click outside the window, which is far from hard with a mouse controlled twin-stick shooter, then the game 'locks' whatever keyboard input it had until you jiggle it. for example, if you were walking downwards, you will continue walking downwards when you alt-tab back into it. For movement skills this is easy enough to fix, but it is particularly annoying when you accidentally lock down your sprint button, which prevents you from shooting and has a cooldown. Then 2-3 seconds after coming back into the game and fixing your movement, you find yourself sprinting off into the wall of spikes.

Running the game fullscreen letterboxes off either side of my screen. This is an understandable design descision, since having a fixed player camera makes sense, I won't hold that against the developers. However I will hold against them the fact that you can still click in the black regions with my mouse to target, and the game doesn't recognise that input, as if you had clicked out of the game. That's just bad.

Overall, while a nice game that would have done well as a free flash game, it quickly becomes very repeditive, and has enough buggy quality issues to make me sorely regret paying the full $15 price.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
Most people seem to compare this game to Binding of Isaac, and that's a fair comparison. A Wizard's Lizard is a topdown twinstick Rogue-like shooter in which you explore the floors of the different dungeons, gradually earning new equipment, weapons and powers to help you along the way.

As far as a "clone" of Binding of Isaac goes, this one is actually pretty solid. It feels and plays the part, has great music, and is presented in a graphical aesthetic that feels all it's own.

One of the game's innovations is the hub village area you start in before you set out for your run attempt. At first, the village is barren and lacking in population. With each run you will occasionally find villagers who have been kidnapped by monsters. Rescue them and they return to the village, each villager rewarding you with a permanent 500 Gold boost for future runs. In each run you will also occasionally find purchasable Blueprints, which when bought will add one random item to the village store for purchase. Eventually, you will earn enough starting Gold to buy some starting equipment that fits your play style, or experiment and try different things. It's a really well thought out idea that encourages replaying and rewards players that stick with it long enough so that they can influence their run's start and not leave upgrades entirely up to luck.

What really helps distinguish this game from Binding of Isaac is the life/death mechanic. Traditionally, you'll be playing most of your runs alive, but if you lose all your health, you die, and come back as an afterlife spirit, giving you a second chance. The flipside to this is that there are far more enemies in each room in death, so you have to be even more careful when in this state. If you lose your health while a spirit, you die for good, and it's Game Over. Certain points in the game will allow you to bring yourself back to life, and there are some sections which require you to be either dead or alive to access or pass through, so it's a pretty nice idea to keep things interesting.

Newcomers to this who play Binding of Isaac frequently with the Xbox 360 controller, a small warning. This game has native controller support, but your shots will be aimed in any direction you point the control stick, not just N/S/E/W. If you're like me, you could be aiming in the slightly incorrect direction due to the placement of your thumb on the controller. With just four directions, there's plenty room for error in Binding of Isaac. Here, you have put in a bit more effort to make sure your shots are going in just the right direction. You'll eventually adapt, it just takes getting used to at first.

It's no Binding of Isaac, but if you're looking for a cute, gore-free alternative that's pretty enjoyable in it's own right, you could do worse than A Wizard's Lizard. Highly recommended when it's on sale.
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Not Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
I was a huge fan of Binding of Isaac and Legend of Zelda, two games that A Wizard's Lizard is often compared too. While I have found enjoyment in this game (and its general addictive nature) I would definitely place it below the former two. It has a fun item database and interesting upgrade elements however I found the gameplay itself can become quite tedious and bug issues, specifically around some monsters cause you to die unneccesarily - very frustrating after progressing to a certain point.

I would only reccommend this game to someone with a lot of time to kill, if you haven't tried Binding of Isaac I would go there first.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
***IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN UPDATED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE CURRENT 2.0.10 BETA VERSION. TO USE THIS VERSION, RIGHT-CLICK THE GAME IN THE LIBRARY, GO TO PROPERTIES, THE BETA TAB, THEN SELECT BETA IN THE PULLDOWN MENU.***

A Wizard's Lizard is not so much a Roguelike as a "Binding of Isaac-like." When I first saw gameplay of this game, I was instantly charmed by it. Being a Binding of Isaac fan, I've really wanted something to sink my teeth into while patiently awaiting BoI: Rebirth.

Right out of the gate, this game has a lot working in its favor - an adorable protagonist, a creative premise (which informs its dual-natured gameplay), a great degree of challenge, a decent soundtrack, and a style and humor all its own, with references to Final Fantasy, Zelda, and even The Wicker Man.

The challenge is something that comes on strong right from the start, as you are left with very few resources at your disposal to counter the massive hordes of enemies with their sights on you. To counteract this, the game rewards you for multiple playthroughs by allowing you to find blueprints and rescue villagers. If you are able to find an item blueprint, that item will be available for you to purchase back at the beginning hub town. In addition, each villager you rescue will allow you to begin the game with an additional 500 gold. At first I felt this slightly cheapened the experience by taking a random element out of the gameplay, but I quickly found that it allowed for a more customized approach while still keeping the game's random elements intact. In addition, these elements are completely optional, and playing through "naked" is a completely viable tactic to those who are brave and skilled enough.

There is a great variety of weapon and armor styles in the game, with even the starter weapons ranging from a spear that travels further and more quickly, to double daggers that are weaker against single enemies but are better suited for dealing with larger groups. The weapon variety isn't as vast as that of Binding of Isaac, but it is still early on in the game's life and new content has been added and rebalanced at an incredible rate already.

The game sports some other options for battling, however. Raga - the titular lizard in A Wizard's Lizard - is capable of two forms of magical attack. The first is a soul-based magical attack, which attacks surrounding enemies, dealing incredible damage. Each usage of this attack will use up a collected soul that you have stored. It can, however, turn the tide of a seemingly hopeless battle in a hurry, making it a spectacular desperation attack.

The other alternative is Totemic magic. Raga will place a totem on the ground and that totem will attack with a magical effect a number of times before disappearing. The default totem is a little underwhelming, shooting a four-way, low damage fireball. However, there are many totem upgrades you can find, such as one that fires long-range boulders, one that performs its own version of your soul attack, or one that freezes enemies in place, allowing you to attack them or make a quick escape. The advantages to totems are a: the attack comes from them and not you, allowing you to focus on other things, and b: you have unlimited usages of totems, unlike soul-based magic. the disadvantage is that totems have a significantly longer cooldown time, and you might often find yourself sighing in frustration early on as a poorly-placed totem hits nothing, causing you to wait several seconds before you can place another.

The soul magic also enters into another mechanic of this game - death. In A Wizard's Lizard, if you die once, it is NOT game over. Instead, you become a spirit and now are fighting on another plane, in which formerly harmless ghosts are now substantial and dangerous. The upside to this is that you will find significantly more souls to fuel your magic attacks than in the physical world, and can also find treasures normally not accessible to you. I do feel that this idea could lend itself to more dual-layered gameplay than it does, but it is nevertheless a creative and unique concept for a Roguelike. I have no doubt that as levels and content are added, this will be addressed admirably.

And ultimately, this one of the strongest points I can recommend this game on. I've been paying very close attention to this title, and the developers at Lost Decade Games have shown an incredible amount of effort and passion in adding to and rebalancing the game. It's a sign of a company that takes gaming seriously and wants to offers the player the most enjoyable experience possible.

What it really all comes down to is this. If you are a fan of classic-styled adventure games and/or Binding of Isaac, and you are looking for something new to sink your teeth into, this is definitely your choice. It is an incredibly challenging game with with, style, and charm to spare.
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
As a HUGE fan of "The Binding Of Isaac" I had so much high hopes for A Wizard's Lizard...

And i was not disappointed at all.

A Roguelike with Rpg elements, that gave me the rush iv been looking for in a game with this style for sometime now.

You start as a simple lizard that belongs to a wizard (hence the title), and (Wont spoil) stuff happens and you gotta be the hero.
And it is not just a Roguelike that throws you in the middle of nowhere and you just keep killing sh*t.
no you start at a town and talk to towns people, and go to shops, and unlock stuff, its nice having that in a Roguelike (Lite).

Controls basically plays like Boi, except for shooting goes at 360* (Degrees) so it is easier to play with a keyboard + mouse for me, i like playing Shooters using a mouse :| it fully supports a controller too so dont worry

there is an option to Subscribe to beta mode of this game, to get the updates and current fixes and patches.
So its great to KNOW that this game's devs are still working on it and improving it.
From what i saw so far they are still adding new items and stuff continuously, thats definitely a big plus considering the fact that most promising games gets abandoned, i am glad this game isn't.

With those ADORABLE graphics, this game pulls off the perfect style for an RPG-Shooter.
I just love the first soundtrack, makes me feel like playing a Ps1 Rpg game.
very nice level designs, and characters, and enemies,
with great animations, the artwork i dare to say is perfect 10/10 everything is very beautiful.

The game has a very large set of Items, and Weapons and spells (totems) that can be found or purchased.
With the feature of "Spelunky" of finding shopkeepers as you venture through, that you can kill them to get free item ( be careful they are one TOUGH sob's)
Unique weapon attacks and styles, different items and "Builds".

As for achievements, i can say this game's achievements are pretty tough, the players database of whom finished them is really low, because they are not easy to accomplish, and i am crossing my fingers for trading cards.

The game has "Inner" achievements or should i say unlockables ( Kill X monsters ) to unlock statues in a gallery you find at the first village.

Epic Boss battles,Tough Enemies, Treasures all around , Traps , Secrets, everything is there.


So lets go with this again

Pros -

- Wonderful graphics, animations , soundtracks.
- Huge set of weapons and items and unlockables.
- Tricky enemies and boss battles
- High Replay Value, and i think it takes a long time to finish the game.
- Addictive gameplay style.
- Challenging levels, and great level design.
- A mix of Zelda, Binding of isaac, And Spelunky... you cant go wrong with those 3
- Different characters, items , weapons (Blueprints) to unlock

Cons -
- I found some minor ones but as they assured me its already fixed in the Beta so its cool
EDIT : They actually fixed many bugs.
- Performance issues with large rooms + many enemies.

i'd definitely dare to say that if you dont buy this game you are missing out on so much fun.
Trust me on this one.
If you like binding of isaac, and Enjoy roguelikes, or Shooters like this.
then this game is your soul mate ^^
But don't take my word for it , there are many Youtube videos, thank you for reading ^^
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2015
Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. You are doing the same thing over and over. Nothing exciting happens. It's fun at first, but gets old pretty fast. I had read several reviews giving it a nod towards The Binding of Isaac. In a way, it is, but it has nowhere near the randomness (is that a word?) of that game. I really like the graphic style and music though. That is what kept me playing as long as I did. It is definitely not a terrible game, I just lost interest fast. One thing I do know that would help the game out considerably is if there were more health ups dropping. The only time I saw them fall was early in the game...when you don't need them. That was a bit annoying.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
Very fun game, feels like a mix of Zelda, Spelunky and Binding of Isaac, at same time it has its own originality points. Also kinda difficult, the challenge is fun :)
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