Genre: Action, Indie, RPG
Developer: Lost Decade Games
Publisher: Lost Decade Games
A quick play of A Wizard’s Lizard will invoke a few things: familiarity, realization and anger. It’s not a bad game. It’s actually an alright game; it’s fun, colourful and interesting. But it’s not unique, it’s not standout and it’s a reskin of the early Zelda games.
This is a worrying trend that I’ve touched on many times while reviewing indie Steam games. It seems that the easiest route for developers on Steam is to take an NES classics provide a worse story and give it a HD makeover. I am sick of it! Guys, get a new idea. We already have games like this, they’re 20 years old.
The plot of this is that you’re a lizard of a Wizard. You have to fight thought dungeons and fight a series of differing monsters. It’s the most standard RPG thing ever!
I did like the “Life & Death” dynamic. It adds a different feel to the game and is better than the standard life bar. However, this was done in Simon’s Quest and the woeful Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the NES days.
You can pick from a range of lizards, if you like that thing; they are look the same. The controls are good, but so were the NES controls so that is not a major feat of design. Play this with your Xbox controller for best results.
The music is worse than you can possibly imagine. Play this game with the sound off and to the best of the NES collections you can find on YouTube. It’s like a Megadrive being hit with a hammer and is woefully out of time.
Look, if you like your NES HD remakes then pick this one up. However, you’d be better served replaying The Legend of Zelda, Gauntlet, or The Binding of Isaac. These are credited as this game’s “influences”. Play them instead, ROMs are very easy to find.
I wish I could be less harsh on this one, but it’s true. These kind of games are a lazy, rushed annoyance. While a good game, it’s a samey game. It’s literally built on the mechanics of a game from my childhood. Why bother?
I am going to go back and play The Stanley Parable. That is a true achievement in design and creativity. This mess is not!