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Game #3950
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Wizard's Quest    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Unofficial Boardgame Conversions
Strategy   Tabletop strategy

Rating: 9.01 (442 votes)

Wizard's Quest box cover

Wizard's Quest screenshot
Wizard's Quest is an excellent Windows version of an oldie Avalon Hill board game, first released in 1979. Unlike their other classics like Advanced Civilization, Wizard's Quest is much simpler and easier – designed more to introduce young gamers to the world of board gaming than to offer a lengthy challenge to wargame veterans. Despite this, Wizard's Quest does have some intricacies.

There are six different types of creatures represented by the tokens: men, heroes, sorcerers, orcs, dragons and wizards. The hero, sorcerer, and man counters are directly controlled by the players, while the orcs, dragons, and wizards by the dice, except you can still use special powers granted by a petition card or by successful battle to influence those too. Any time a player receives two or more men to place on the board for any reason, she may substitute either the hero or sorcerer for two men or both for four. This gives a nice strategic overlay to the game, and makes the starting deployment and locations much more important.

Up to six players can play in the computer version, any of which can be human- or computer-controlled. Each player has three treasures hidden across the board, and everyone has to fight the orcs and the other players to be the first to recover them all. There tends to be a lot of everyone ganging up on whoever is doing the best, which may deter some. This Windows version is very well-coded, with a colorful board and an easy-to-use interface. If you like Avalon Hill board games or tabletop war/strategy games in general, check out this fun and free underdog. Recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Garrett Donner & Andrew Walters
Developer: Avalon Hill
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2002
Software Copyright: Andrew Walters
Theme: Fantasy
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site (archived), Board Game Geek entry
If you like this game, try: Colossus, TigrisGame, Dominus

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