Wiz 'n' Liz
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9  |  Wiz'n'Liz
Makineri , 3/12/2003 6:59:41 PM
Psygnosis has a proud tradition of cutesy puzzle games, the most notable being "Lemmings". Wiz'n'Liz, for the Sega Genesis, is a game in which you play a wizard (Wiz, or Liz, or both in 2-player mode) who lives on Planet Pum. Now, on Planet Pum, one of their favorite things to do is look after their wabbits. One day, a mysterious force steals their wabbits and spreads them all throughout the world, and it's your job to rescue them. You control your wizard in a mad dash to rescue the wabbits in each level. You must first collect floating letters to complete a spell, and then find all the wabbits and reach the exit before the time runs out. You collect time icons in each level to make your job easier.

Where this game really shines, though, is the mini-games. In each level, you have the chance to collect a fruit or vegetable. (If you open the magic shop, you can also buy them there with stars you collect in the level.) There are a number of produce items, ranging from Apple to Mushroom. You can combine any two ingredients in a pot between levels, and get all different kinds of bonuses - including fun minigames to play that are sure to keep you occupied.

Graphics-wise, this game isn't too spectacular. It's very fast-paced, but the levels are all narrow, and you merely wrap around the screen. The character sprites are plain little widgets that get the job done, and the backgrounds are cute, but rather stagnant.

The sound in this game is rather bland, except for a few memorable bosses and one mini-game.

The gameplay is superb, and the increasing levels of difficulty with added levels are enough to keep me hooked for a long time.

The replay value of this one is through the roof - it's immensely fun finding out and writing down EVERY POSSIBLE combination of fruit. The pleasure of finding a fun new mini-game is extremely satisfying.

While this appears to be a kids' game, it is actually quite challenging on the later levels. The gameplay is a mixture of twitchy arcade play and superb puzzle elements. This is one of Psygnosis' overlooked classics. It's easy to pick up and play, but fun for veterans too. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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