The Wizard or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About My Face and Love the Tactical Dungeon Crawl
You are Kevin, the most handsomest wizard in the entire academy. Except your face just got stolen! Learn gesture-based spellcasting and make your way through monster-filled mazes to catch the thief and save face in this tactically-challenging dungeon puzzler!
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Positive (12) - 100% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 27, 2020

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Well, there's really two ways of looking at this. The boring one would be, because the funding we received came with a time frame too limited to do everything we wanted to. The more fun way, however, is that we received funding to remake the original Wizard, which we did and you can play right now! Yay!

But of course, we want to do quite a bit more than that. While you can enjoy the visual and mechanical overhaul of the original campaign, we also want to add new features, like the roguelike mode with daily challenges, as well as a Mario Maker-style level editor for the community to make and share their own!

This is what the Early Access will be for, to develop these new additions with our community. Your input and feedback will be crucial, because we want to make the best game we can, not just for ourselves, but for you, after all!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“These things are notoriously hard to guesstimate. The optimistic ETA would be roughly 6 months, so probably at least double that, if not more. It really depends on how smoothly things are going, if plans work out, how well it's received, what other new, cool ideas pop up along the way, and sadly also our financial situation - because of course whether or not we'll have the means to develop it fulltime or will have to tend to contract work to keep ourselves afloat will impact how quickly things are progressing.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our plan is to extend the original Wizard with a roguelike mode and daily challenges for infinite replayability. We're also considering a Mario Maker-style level editor for the community to build and share their own levels (potentially as DLC). So basically, a lot more Wizard in addition to the original campaign, which we plan to expand as well, as new spells and enemies are added.

Additionally, we want to offer much more control over the difficulty through extensive customization options (think difficulty presets, rather than fixed modes), as well as accessibility options.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state can basically be considered a full remaster of the original Wizard. It includes the original campaign and levels (approx. 2-4h per run), with upgraded visuals, a mechanical and design overhaul - including the oft-requested checkpoints - remastered soundtrack, and many small improvements to the original game. It can as such be fully enjoyed, while the Early Access is essentially to develop additional features (of course, since the game is in active development, bugs and breaks are to be expected).”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We will up the price a bit once the game leaves Early Access. What we're charging now is what we consider a fair price for the base version, and will similarly adjust to a fair price for the full version once all the major additions are completed.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Very actively! The enthusiastic feedback, as well as criticism and suggestions, from our fans is what made us want to make this reboot in the first place, and we hope you'll continue to share your thoughts and feedback, so we can make the best game possible!

Especially when it comes to new features like the roguelike mode, a lot of testing and iteration will likely be required. We also want to enable as many play styles as possible through extensive difficulty customization options and make the game as accessible as we can, so any and all feedback will be much appreciated!

The easiest way to get involved, or to just keep up with development, is to join our new, friendly Hypnotic Discord server! (And of course we'll be very active in the forums as well.)

We look forward to building something great together!”
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“A lot of games have tried gesture-based magic spells in the past, but The Wizard takes a potentially fiddly system and makes it easy to use.”
4.2/5 – Jay Is Games

About This Game

The Wizard is back, and it's better than ever! Enjoy this new and improved edition of the beloved turn-based dungeon puzzler, with its unique spell casting system, expanded levels and story, and the features people have long been asking for!

Step into the robe of Kevin, the exceptionally handsome but woefully inattentive wizardry student whose gorgeous face has just been stolen. Follow the thief through the dangerous dungeons beneath the academy, encounter mythical monsters and learn powerful magic along the way! You'll find many an opportunity to hone and upgrade your abilities to your individual play style, but be wary! Without a well-considered plan of action, this goofy little apprentice won't make it very far...

With a heavy emphasis on strategy, The Wizard challenges its players to plan their moves carefully, upgrade their spells strategically, and use the environment to their advantage to make it through its mazes unscathed. Can you master the arcane arts and get back your valued visage?


  • Brain-teasing, turn-based dungeon crawl
  • Unique gesture-based spell casting
  • Complete graphical and mechanical overhaul (including checkpoints!)
  • A remastered and expanded version of its magical soundtrack

Planned Features

  • New Roguelike Mode with daily challenges
  • New levels, spells and enemies
  • Extensive customization and accessibility options
  • DLC: A Mario Maker-style level editor to create and share levels

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1+
    • Processor: x86, x64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04
    • Processor: x64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+, Vulkan capable
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes

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