Gaming Anniversaries December 29- The Wizards Castle

Released December 29, 1983- The Wizards Castle

The Wizards Castle came to the North American market on this day in 1983. For the Commodore PET.

The Commodore PET is mostly a business computer. Featuring next to know graphics capabilities, a high price point and is mostly just a numbers computer. However, several enterprising coders released games for it. The Wizards Castle is just one of them. Admittedly, it isn’t an amazing game. However, few games on the PET could be considered amazing, for all the reasons I’ve stated above.

The Wizards Castle is a text-based turn-based fantasy RPG. The game starts with players creating their character. One can from a few different types such as Elf, Human, Dwarf, and Hobbit. Additionally, players can choose their characters initial weapons loadout. When you’re all set, the game begins.

The first thing you’ll notice is that descriptions of rooms will replace graphics. The game will also prompt you to find locations such as stairs or doors. The end goal of the game is to locate the Orb of power that was left behind by the Wizard, as well as collect items and defeat enemies to earn your escape.

While the game wouldn’t have won any awards, and there certainly were better games around 1983 to play, bored office personell may have really enjoyed these primitive RPG’s for what they were.

Have you ever played a text-adventure game before? Have you ever played this one? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Living in St.John's Newfoundland, Dave has been a gamer all of his life. Starting with the NES and working both backwards and forwards, he intends to play the new along with the old!