Wizard101

Little magicians big time: Test of the magic MMORPG

Wizard101

06/18/2011 - We donned colorful magic hats, visited various magic schools, and bravely confronted the evil Malistaire Drake to protect the worlds of the Spiral from ghosts, Kroks, and Hüllifanten. Whether we outshone Harry Potter is in the editorial test.

RATING



INPUT 19/20

  • Great narrator voice and videos help with the first steps
  • Easy character creation with great ideas: A question game at the beginning sets the traits
  • Very good tutorial that shows the basics step-by-step with little text and is also completely set to music
  • Great narrator voice and videos help with the first steps
  • In the tutorial, a fight is performed directly, which gives a taste of many fun fights
  • Buttons are only released step by step, so no one is overwhelmed in the beginning
  • A detailed player manual can be found on the website and in the game
  • Communication with other players is possible via a very clear quick menu or the chat. The chat can be disabled by parents
  • Very good help menu with ready-made questions and answers set to music
  • A name generator offers many possible combinations, but custom names cannot be entered
  • At the end of the tutorial, the spellbook is unlocked in one fell swoop, which might overwhelm some at first

GAMEPLAY 17/20

  • Every text in the game is professionally dubbed, from the tutorial to the help texts to the quest texts. The scope is amazing
  • Simple and clear user interface
  • A clear map and help arrows assist the player in finding quest objectives
  • There are an enormous number of items with different attributes and looks
  • The combat system is innovative and quick to learn. Moreover, other mages can join an ongoing battle and thus defeat monsters together
  • Mounts can be purchased with in-game gold or premium currency
  • Completing some quest strings earns special titles
  • Each magic school has protection cards against two other magic schools
  • Especially strong gold spell cards can also be earned in places by defeating monsters or by questing
  • New features are immediately explained by helpers
  • The time investment is high and increases greatly even at low levels
  • PvP is only possible with the paid member account or for premium currency
  • The controls are sometimes a bit spongy in conjunction with the collision detection

GRAPHICS 16/20

  • Lovely, detailed and fun colorful graphics
  • The whole appearance is very well done according to the target group of children, teenagers and families
  • The many spells of the different magic schools are all unique and also funny animated
  • Very many and varied monsters, items, pets and furnishings for your own accommodation
  • The polygon count of the 3D models as well as the textures are not quite up to snuff even in full-HD with the high-resolution textures

TECHNICS 17/20

  • Short loading times when changing areas
  • Possibility to choose many different resolutions up to full HD, optionally with higher resolving textures
  • New content is successively reloaded and does not interfere with the game flow even on weak DSL connections
  • Installation and updates are done without any problems, no special knowledge is needed
  • Dividing the game world into many small areas, so that hoppy area changes always briefly slow down the game flow
  • During testing, 2x players were detected using either a bug or a cheat to suspend collision detection

BOTTOM 18/20

  • Professional speakers provide great atmosphere. Among others, Wolfgang Hess (Bud Spencer and the dwarf Gimli from Lord of the Rings) and Joachim Tennstedt (John Malkovich and Jeff Bridges) are part of the game
  • Many small mini-games with rewards such as items and there are additional mini-games to train the pet
  • you can build your own items
  • there are many different pets that can also be equipped and trained and can act as companions
  • Own living room, which can be furnished
  • Comprehensive quest system, which is exemplary built, easy to understand and supports beginners with help
  • Seven magic schools with many different spells
  • Magic staffs can be equipped with spells themselves
  • Special quest bosses can be visited more frequently to keep unlocking new rewards
  • Computer, moody soundtrack that follows the location
  • Making player groups necessary for mastering certain areas is quite difficult
  • In places, many traders exaggerate
  • Travel times for completing quests are greatly increasing


CONCLUSION


87%
The start of Wizard 101 makes you immediately aware that the game is primarily aimed at children, teenagers and families. This is not a disadvantage, but rather has charmingly awakened the child in us. The colorful hustle and bustle, always with a twinkle in the eye, is a pleasant change from the many tough competitive games on the market. The highly professional and extremely extensive dubbing of the game is striking: every quest and every dialog, even the smallest help hint is professionally dubbed. The entire game world with the unusual characters is wondrously and coherently implemented, despite the somewhat outdated graphics. The gameplay is also varied and well thought out thanks to the seven magic schools and the numerous gold cards. If the player doesn`t feel like doing quests, he can pass the time with the 8 mini-games at the carnival or by raising a pet. The family title offers parents the possibility to accompany their children and lock the chat if necessary. In summary, Wizard 101 is a nice and coherent magic school MMORPG for young and old. The lovely world, the great implementation, the solid technology and the fun magic battles offer a lot of variety and provide a lot of fun. For children and families a top title, but even old warhorses should at least once put on the magic hat!

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  • Source: Editorial office

Our rating

Entertainment:
18
Access:
19
Gameplay:
17
Technology:
17
Graphic:
16

Short info

  • Type
    • Onlinegame
  • Setting / Genre
  • Charts Position
    • -
  • Number of players
    • High
  • Project orientation
    • Commercial
  • Development status
    • Released
  • Publisher
    • KingsIsle
  • Game website
  • Report error / problem
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