Sunday, 4 November 2007

Wizball Remake released!

Those wonderful people at RetroSpec have just released their remake of the legendary Wizball. 20 months in the making, this is the best remake that I've seen in a long while, and a damn fine game in its own right.

For those of you who haven't played or were too young to have played Wizball when it was released in the late 1980s what's it all about eh?

The plot is some waffle about an evil wizard stealing all the colours from the world, and you as Wizball need to collect the colours and shoot the baddies to bring the colour back. OK, daft plot aside this is a tough horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up. Move around, shoot the baddies and gain power ups, such as the Catelite, which you also use to collect the colours.

The graphics have been scaled up to 640x480 and are smooth with a capital smoo. Mere words cannot describe just how damn good the game looks (the above video comes closer to doing it justice).

Your ears haven't been left out either, the excellent C64 soundtrack has been updated, rerecorded and has become a thing of beauty.

Of course, all this would mean nothing if the game play was wrong. The good news here is that the game plays like a dream. An especially surreal dream maybe, but a dream none the less.

(sorry, left to have another quick go)

Currently only the Windows version has been released, but Mac and Linux ports are due (hopefully) soon, the game does however play using Cedega.

Download from RetroSpec.


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Is this game going to become an iPad game too? Really hope so !! Loved this game as a kid :)