C&VG1st May 1985
Published in Computer & Video Games #43
This must be the best game yet from Bubble Bus! Programmer Stephen Crow readily admits that he was inspired by Ultimate's Atic Atac when writing the game - but what's wrong with taking an idea and developing it? Just look at all the JSW clones around.
Anyway, on to the game which revolves around the adventures of a character called Pothole Pete who has accidentally discovered the Wizard's Lair while on a pot-holing expedition.
Pete has heard rumours about this place and knows that, scattered around, are bits of a magical golden lion - and sets out to discover them. But the Lair is inhabited by some really horrible monsters who guard the golden lion.
Pete can collect weapons, food, spells, keys and gold during his quest - in true arcade adventure style. He'll need them all before completing this challenge.
The graphics are terrific - similar in style to Atic Atac and Sabre Wulf. Animation is smooth and flicker-free and the sound is good too. Some screens have Sabre Wulf-style jungle while others have rocks or Atic Atac rooms.
Each of the nasties has its own particular characteristics which you must learn before engaging them in battle, which adds to the challenge of the game.
A worthy sequel to Atic Atac, Wizard's Lair is extremely well presented, great fun to play and terrific value for money.