“You’re joking,” I said.
“What?” My husband was in the other room.
“I’ve just learned about a new game on the web. It’s being released the day after your birthday.”
“Well, it’s a turn-based dungeon puzzler,” I informed him, “with a 16-bit kind of look like the games I played as a teenager. The soundtrack is great and it’s got an interesting and unusual spell casting system. It’s called The Wizard.”
“Like that horrible movie from the 1980s?”
“Same name, totally different premise,” I assured him. “Here, you play as an extremely handsome wizard whose pretty face has been stolen from him. So you have to go down into the dungeons underneath the wizard academy and fight monsters, and learn new spells in order to catch the thief.”
“Sounds okay,” he said, “but why are you telling me this?”
“Because the wizard’s name is Kevin.”
It should be noted that Kevin is, in fact, an Irish Gaelic name which literally means handsome. Setting aside all my own personal amusement, The Wizard looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Set to release on the web on Wednesday, July 23rd, it’s filled with hidden spells to be uncovered, and troublesome enemies who must be defeated in clever ways. The player will need to use strategy and planning to find the most effective way to win, and recover Kevin’s beautiful face.
The Wizard is a free game, and it’s available to just about everyone. It can be played not only on the PC, but also on iOS devices, Android, Mac, and Linux. It supports touch, mouse, and keyboard input, and even supports the Xbox controller if played in Chrome. With fifteen levels to challenge you on three difficulty settings, it should keep dedicated gamers entertained for hours. You’ll enjoy the unique casting of eleven distinctive, upgradable spells as you make your way through the delightfully quirky tale of Kevin the Wizard. Oryx and Rieke Helms are responsible for the charming graphics, and the top-notch music is provided by Hannes Flor.
Keep tabs on what else the sorcerers at Hypnotic Owl are brewing by following them on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Meanwhile, try your hand at making magic when The Wizard debuts this week, and remember: There’s more to life than being just another pretty face.