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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (229 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 16, 2014

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April 2

[BETA] 2.3.0 - Balance tweaks, bug fixes, and a new challenge!

A big welcome to all the new players who have joined us from the recent Humble Weekly Bundle! We've been working on various fixes and balance tweaks to A Wizard's Lizard which are now available on the beta branch.

Here are the changes in 2.3.0:

  • New Challenge: Hell's Barrels
  • Increase health restored for most healing items
  • Reduced cost per hitpoint healed for healing items
  • Prevent collection of health restoration items if the player is at full health
  • Increase health drops in the Cemetery
  • Remove treasure drops from farmable monsters (zombies and skeletons)
  • Increase treasure drops from more difficult monsters
  • Rename Trickster gear to Deminion gear and make descriptions more informative
  • Deminion Axe now gains a bounce bonus like other axes
  • New, more noticable graphics for Arrow Traps
  • Reduce Arrow Trap and Spike Trap detection radius
  • Reset Senso-spikes on room enter to prevent cheap damage
  • Wall traps can no longer be placed in the corners of a room
  • Muck Monsters no longer prevent doors from opening when inactive
  • Merchants now provide info on their items for sale
  • Merchant in town now details which zones still contain blueprints
  • Fix bug causing players to not receive credit for kills with totems or explosions
  • Fix crash where the player exits a room shortly after taking damage
  • Bushes spawn a leaf upon death

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March 19

Catch A Wizard's Lizard in the Humble Weekly Bundle!

This week's Humble Weekly Bundle: Roguelikes 2 includes A Wizard's Lizard alongside a bunch of other awesome roguelike games:

Six roguelike games you'll love to death. Get ready 'cause the Roguelikes Bundle is back for round two! Name your price for Vertical Drop Heroes HD, A Wizard's Lizard, and The Nightmare Cooperative. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Road Not Taken and Delver (Early Access). If you pay $8 or more, you'll receive all of the above plus Heavy Bullets. Honestly, with a bundle this good, what's not to roguelike?

If you've had your eye on A Wizard's Lizard, now's the time to snap it up and support charity!

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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated graphics with dedicated memory
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
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107 of 129 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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38 of 50 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
42.3 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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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
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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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
A Wizard's Lizard is a game in the same style to Binding of Isaac as I'm sure many people have mentioned, though I would say there is a bit more focus on aiming for progression rather than rogue-like elements such as each run being different from the very first level and so on. So don't go in expecting exactly the same experience here as it won't be. It's also a pretty challenging game!

I was asked by the developer to take a look at the game for my first impressions series and if you'd like to see the game in motion as well as hear some more thoughts on it I'd encourage you to check out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5EeUOpagQc
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Fun, challenging roguelike 2d twinstick shooter.

This game is hard. Like, seriously hard. It makes Megaman look like a stroll in the park. It makes Binding of Isaac look like a simple mugging instead of waking up chained to a drainpipe with a hacksaw and a cellphone next to you. In short, it's HARD.

If you persevere though, there are plenty of hidden secrets to uncover - secret levels, unlockable characters. The pace starts off slower than Binding of Isaac - you have to be tactical *and* strategic, but as the levels progress, can become quite frenetic. Masterpiece class in game mechanics design. Plus, Raga is so CUTE. 10/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Lost Decade Games has giving the world a real gem of an instant classic with A Wizards Lizard.

The art style seem to devide people, but the gameplay sure doesn't. The little Lizard Raga walks, shoots, turns, scoots and everything else right on cue. Its one of those rare games where if you die, its your own dang fault.

Level layout is great too, viewed from a near top down (Isaac style). Theres so many dead ends that can lead to certain death or a ton of gold, or maybe even a weapon upgrade. The thrill of finding one of your favorite weapons in a random chest after a tough room is amazing. In my case finding a trident makes my run instantly better.

I absolutely love the whole "you die and get a second chance as an angel lizard while you can be resurrected and keep going"-bit. I also really like the fact that the ghosts of all your slain enemies can come back to haunt you the spirit world! Making you choose between disturbing the dead and possibly get more money, or letting them rest in peace and have fewer enemies when you die.. cause you will. A lot.

If you enjoy games like Binding of Isaac, Spelunky, Rogue Legacy I'm betting you'll like this cute little Lizards adventures as well.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I cannot really get into this. I am a huge Binding of Isaac fan, and this just hits a little too close to home. I say that because it feels like an inferior clone to the great BoI. There is love put into this game, and it is done fairly well - good controller support, and the graphic style is nice - but it just doesn't cut it. I find myself a bit bored by it.

I'd pass. I got this in a bundle (I had been eyeing it up for some time), but still wouldn't recommend it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Great game, I feel the whole 'become a ghost when you die' thing really adds to the game, and I love the artstyle. But overall I feel the game can be a bit too grindy, but then again so was Rogue Legacy and I loved that. I think the game needs something a bit.. more, to seperate itself from similar games. So while I do recommended it (I certainly liked/enjoyed it enough to 100% it) it just seems to be missing something and I can't put my finger on it. 7.5/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
This game is worth a play if you really like Binding of Isaac but wish it:

1. Had a feudalish fantasy world theme instead of a gross demon/angel/baby theme

2. the main character was a cutie lizard

3. it also had aspects of hub and grinding for advanced starts al-la Rogue legacy

4. That #3 was required to get anywhere sometimes because of RNG screws and enemies exponentially getting healthier while your pickups remain slim.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Confusing, but fun, addicting, and challenging.
Unlike most others, i did not come because i play "Bindings of isaac" or whatever it is.

I came because i got a coupon.

7.8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Pretty fun game if you like Bindings of Isaac, Legend of Zelda and of course roguelike genre. It has random dungeons, loot, progressing village and fun secrets. Not a must have, but a good addition to your library.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
A novel spin on the genre. It's a fun game, but it's not easy. Definitely challenging, but in a way that makes you want to come back and give it another go. Really enjoying it so far and looking forward to playing more!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I got this game via a humble bundle and I'm sad to say that it just isn't that good. This game doesn't hold a flame to the experience that The Binding of Isaac Rebirth(TBoIR) offers. I'm a few hours into AWL and I feel like I've accomplished little and am only destined to grind repetitively (and boringly) towards no real goal. I've unlocked some items and blueprints, picked up various armor and weapons, even freed 4 or 5 villagers, but I've yet to unlock any new characters or come anywhere near completing a single run. Opportunities to succeed seem far too scarce while the cards are stacked against you until you are able to obtain a much more powerful build or character.

In TBoIR you can at least say that within an hour or two's practice you can unlock more content, have a more varying experience, and certainly accomplish something more. The biggest difference between this game and the Binding of Isaac Rebirth is that you can play run after run in Isaac and you don't feel like you're needlessly grinding. I've put over 200 hours into TBoIR and have yet to be bored during a run because there is enough variety and change with the levels, enemies, room layouts, characters, and vast array of items to make each run fun. After only an hour or so in AWL, I already felt like I was pointlessly grinding in this game and making little progress. At this point I have no interest in continuing this game.

Positives
- Interesting cartoony graphical design
- good roguelike concept
- varying level layouts
- variety of weapons, armor, and "builds"
- Great to see a description of what items do in the pause menu (no checking the wiki like Isaac)

Negatives
- controls feel more clunky than those of TBoIR. It just isn't as tight
- Everything from killing enemies to finding items feels very monotonous and you're very aware of grinding
- Too few health drops to recover damage
- Prices for shop items are very high even when you take the time to loot every room in its entirety and deplete every zombie grave entirely
- You never really feel powerful (not necessarily OP) like in TBoIR
- If you accidentally hit the shopkeeper while in his store, he will immediately attack you until you are dead or you kill him. (You do get to take every item in the store without paying for them, but with the clunky controls, I've accidentally attacked the shopkeep several times which has ruined my runs)
- If you manage to kill the shopkeep, he will continue to attack you in every store you enter for the rest of your run.
- For whatever reason, this game is very clunky about room transitions and my character turns around and enters the room I just left quite often
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Simply a fun game. What I don't is that it has a low resolution and the controls are a bit bulky.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
This game is, for all intents and purposes, a completely inferior Binding of Isaac. You've got the same basic rougelike setup, and the game seems promising at first, but eventually it becomes obvious how many crippling design flaws the game has. If you haven't played Isaac play that instead, and if you have I'll describe this game in terms of Isaac except with:
-Needlessly large rooms, so that you can't see everything at once.
-Uninteresting item progression. Instead of stacking buffs, you find new weapons and standard RPG equipment that you have to swap out. This could work, except because of how the macrogame works after a couple of games you'll start off with more or less everything you need for the playthrough and be locked into one specialization, and since the equipment doesn't have tiers 90% of what you find will be useless.
-Weaker gameplay. Isaac gave you all sorts of chances to kite and poke your enemies, but you were usually still at some risk while you do it. In this game, most enemies have no way to retaliate to ranged kiting, and one of the gameplans (specializing into totems) lets you create a proxy that kills everything while you hide in the corner. Worst of all, this seems to be the best strategy, and it's pretty bad to go into a Rougelike thinking "well if I'm lucky I'll find the beehive totem and spend the next 30 minutes hiding while my swarm of +8 bees clears the rooms for me".
-No sustain. This seems to be the core problem with the combat, since because the game refuses to give you any significant amount of healing items, if your gameplan has any chance of taking damage you're eventually going to die (hence sitting in the corner while your proxy totem kills everything). Food is rare (you might get one piece as a drop per game and it heals you for about one hit worth of hp and it takes a whole floor worth of gold to buy the same amount from the shop) and even the health potion you get after bossfights is pretty underwhelming. I can sort of see why someone thought this was a good idea; it shows off the game's afterlife gimmick (which I liked until I realized it was the reason there's no way to sustain yourself), but at the cost of any combat strategy other than "take no damage ever".
-Fewer rewards. You don't get free items at all unless you find them randomly (which are still more common than the food, but an Item Room would be a lot more satisfying), and there's only a boss every 3 floors. That means you're essentially limited to what you find, what you buy from the store, and what you start the game with, and since you can start with a full matched set of equippment you'll probably just buy/find a weapon or two and have your optimal build with no effort.
-Set Bonus in a Rougelike. Since you're filling equippment slots you're going to end up shoehorned into one playstyle because if you try to complete a set instead of just starting the game with it, odds are you'll never find all the different parts. Most agregious is the Trickster equippment, which increases the damage done by Trickster weapons; you can't start the game with any of this (unless it unlocks later) which means that if you pick up a Trickster item, you have to hope you somehow find enough of the others to make it worthwhile. I think there are 5 items and a weapon, and I see maybe two per playthrough.
-Same Bosses every game. You only meet them every 3 floors, but it's always the same fights. The bosses aren't especially bad, although they all have cheesy moves that you're not going to be able to dodge if they decide to use them, and as I said this is a game where you aren't allowed to take damage.

That more or less sums it up, and even though there are things I like about this game, the list above was more than enough to make me give up on it. For something that follows the same formula as Isaac, I question whether the developer has actually played Isaac because this game has so many issues that Isaac dealt with much better. A different genre of game could get away with this, but top-down shooters are really only about one thing: how well designed the gameplay is, and the gameplay here needs a lot of love.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
A very poorly planned game. Upgrades seem to do nothing. Weapons barely make a difference aside from bees and spears. running the same levels over and over repeatedly wears thin very quickly. Lack of any kind of progression outside of unlocking almost worthless blueprints in the shop makes it a boring grind. Also has FPS issues, especially when using the mouse to aim. A lot of wasted potential here.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
A Wizard's Lizard is a cute little roguelite very comparable to The Binding of Isaac. The two games share a handful of qualities, such as an insubstantial plot, permanent death, procedural generation of items and rooms, and meta-progression in the form of unlocking new items.

Unlike TBOI, AWL doesn't permit you to pick up a jillion items. Most items fall into a slot, such as head or feet, and you can only have one item in a slot. As such, there are likely fewer overpowered combinations of items. Actually, in general, the power of items in AWL is a bit more balanced than in TBOI.

Combat goes beyond just shooting - you can place totems, which stick around for a short while and usually provide some kind of AoE effect. You can also use a soul ability, which requires a resource that you don't regenerate and must find lying around the dungeons, unlike totems. These abilities are generally more powerful effects, like invincibility and time slowing.

As for your competition, the enemies you face tend to be very numerous as opposed to individually powerful. They aren't terribly tanky and most of them aren't particularly fast(or their shots aren't fast for those that throw things). Generally speaking, the enemies are not very imaginative, but at least most of them are not carbon copies.

AWL curbs the random factor when compared to other roguelites like TBOI and FTL. This, in my book, is a negative. In particular, it doesn't feel like there's much randomness in map generation. For instance, it appears there's always one and only one room full of owls on one of the Cemetery levels and there's always a place to revive in Cemetery 2. Many other room layouts seem to occur with the exact same frequency between runs.

The diversity of items is okay. There don't appear to be many items that will drastically change the game - something like flight or brimstone in TBOI. On the plus side, you can go to your inventory screen for a rough description of what each item does, and you'll eventually memorize them since there are prefixes that always mean the same thing(Dark Iron Helm, Dark Iron Boots, Dark Iron Gauntlets are all +10 health).

The game's music is not too bad, but it really just doesn't fit the game's environment. The art for the game is cute and simple for some sprites, but in some places it just feels lazy.

AWL's optimization is quite subpar. There is no reason for graphics this simple to be lagging an i5-3570k/GTX 660. There are only a few toggles for graphic settings(fullscreen, particles, lighting, screen shake) and switching them did not alleviate the occasional lag.

A few other miscellaneous thoughts:
- The hub area that you start in makes the game feel a lot like some Kongregate MMORPG.
- Levels feel bigger than they should be, given how little you usually find in them. In TBOI, I wouldn't hesitate to go back and forth between a blood donation machine and an arcade 15 rooms apart, because there's a chance it would be worth something and it doesn't take forever to traverse rooms. In AWL, a similar attempt to maximize profit would take eons, because the rooms are much bigger, they tend to have more obstacles, and it takes a lot longer to load into the next room, rendering the value of backtracking to explore that last path debatable at best.
- M and I open the map and inventory, respectively, but they won't close it. You have to press ESC. -1

In the end, I can't really recommend this, especially not over other roguelites, like TBOI, FTL or Dungeons of Dredmor. It is something different, and I enjoyed discovering new things for a little bit, but it wore off when I discovered how little power the RNG has in AWL. 5/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
10 hours. I think I have 17 losses, not a single win. Haven't unlocked a single other character. I'll put it bluntly. The game is too hard in all the wrong ways. Damage upgrades are rare, and health restoration is even more rare. You can die and keep playing as a ghost, but if you die as a ghost it's over. Irritating bit, some things are only accessible as a ghost. Also, there's only 1 revival circle per dungeon. Instead of making the game more difficult by adding in enemies with better attack patterns later on, they just pile on bullet sponges that do more and more damage to you. The amount of progress you make in advancing your town per run is extremely minimal, even when you do make it to the Crypt (the last dungeon) because any blueprints you buy have a huge random factor to them based on the fact you don't know what the blueprint is for and you might not have enough money to buy it anyways. You can only rescue 1 towns person per dungeon, adding a measly 500 gold to your starting gold that you can use to buy items in town. (A pretty basic item goes for around 1000-3000 gold, the better ones are more like 10k). The game is enchanting at first, but after 10 hours of making so little progress I'm completely uninterested in even trying to beat the game.

tl;dr: Go buy one of the Binding of Isaacs.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
i really liked the binding of isaac but i found a bit to disturbing, the i discovered this game. it was like TBOI but not disturbing. it was pretty much the perfect game for me. there are a few problems but not any that are so bad its unplayable. i think you should put it on your wish list. 10/10
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Truly a difficult game, but loads of fun once you make a couple runs. Just keep the roll going and you can get far
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