Wizard of Legend – PC Review

Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Developer: Contingent99
Publisher: Contingent99
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Edited by TheUndeadLords

Kritty here, and today I’m reviewing Wizard of Legend, a copy of which was so graciously gifted to us by the developers. Before playing the game, I had seen a few streamers playing it and was intrigued by what seemed like a Touhou-style rogue-lite game. Being a fan of rogue-lite games, such as The Binding of Isaac and Rogue Legacy, I felt like I had to give the game a try.

After starting the game, the first thing I noticed was the robust options menu – perfectly suited for a PC game; imagine my surprise when I found out that the game was multi-platform! The devs seem to understand what it is a PC gamer wants in a game, and they perform it well, even while providing a great experience for other platforms.

Progressing through the introduction to the game, the player is provided with a very instructional tutorial, which allows them to test the abilities (called arcana) the game starts off with, while also building a sense of a world in which his character exists. Immediately following the brief introduction, the player is thrust into the core gameplay of what the game calls the “Chaos Trials.” In short, the player has to progress through an ever-more-difficult series of levels on their way to becoming recognized as a true Wizard of Legend, which grants him access to the Chaos Arcana.

In terms of gameplay, Wizard of Legend is fairly straightforward – use skills, dodge enemies, kill enemies. Performing those actions, however, is actually difficult. The enemies come in different shapes and sizes, all with different skills, and even if the player finishes all of the regular enemies for a level, he then has to face off against the level boss. Thankfully, the game gives the player powerful items, called relics, that allow you to build up your character’s strength – it even gives you one to start with, from a pool of relics you’ve purchased from the shop in town. After each attempt (success or fail), the player will be able to use the Chaos gems they’ve collected either to gain gold by selling them or purchase new relics or arcana for their collection. Then, after a brief review of abilities and relics, it’s back off into the Chaos Trials for another attempt!

This game is incredibly fun, while insanely demanding. It’s definitely a time-eater, in the same vein as other rogue-likes, where a player can play over and over and rarely ever see the same build, even while fighting the same enemies. If there is anything negative to say about the game, it’s that the relics don’t show their effect to you, even if you’ve had them in a previous run. Having either to keep the wiki open constantly or buy things and hope they aren’t bad is a bit of a turn-off, but I don’t see it as a deal-breaker.

I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a new rogue-lite to occupy their time or those who are looking for a decent challenge – Enjoy!

Wizard of Legend is available on Steam for $15.99 (USD).

Pros:

  • Robust Options Menu perfectly suited for the game.
  • Multiplatform Access
  • Great instructional tutorial
  • Fairly straightforward gameplay mechanics
  • Challenging combats
  • Incredibly fun and time-eating

Cons:

  • Not able to know what the relics you get do in-game (wiki time!)

Kritty gives Wizard of Legend a Drastik Measure of 9.5 out of 10!(95)