Wiz 'n' Liz

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Wiz 'n' Liz
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Psygnosis
Developer:
Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-113026
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[2][3] T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$99.9599.95[6]

Wiz 'n' Liz is a sidescrolling action game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993. It was also released for the Amiga, although the Sega Mega Drive version is technically more refined. During development, the game was known as Wizzy 'n' Lizzy.

Gameplay

The game features multiple stages that can be accessed in any order the player likes from a hub world known as "Home World". Difficulty level selection has a great influence of the duration of the game - the Apprentice level has 8 easy levels, while the Wizard and Sorceror levels are longer. Two characters are selectable: the male magician Wiz and his female counterpart Liz.

The game takes a minimal violence approach. The goal of each stage is to collect the "wabbits" scattered around the level as quickly as possible. To do so, the player must first grab magical letters that form the name of a spell that will facilitate catching the wabbits (the spells themselves are generally very obscure words); once all of them have been caught, the player must find the exit out of the stage. They must do all of this in a limited amount of time; fortunately, they move quite fast, and extra time can be collected from wabbits. B and C jump. Each world ends with a screen-filling boss. This is the only time attack spells are available, which are performed using the A button.

The game has an elaborate score system. After collecting all letters, the wabbits drop stars, extra time etc, which can be collected in the remaining time, not too different from the system NiGHTS into Dreams employs. Collecting special "BONUS" letters will cause a bonus round to start after completing all the rounds in a level, tasking the player with collecting as many grey wabbits and items as they can. Harder difficulty levels add in more obstacles for the player to watch out for. Some wabbits will drop invisible letters that will remove a letter from the spell, and some wabbits will explode which will make the player lose all of the spell letters collected so far. When a wabbit is about to explode, it will flash white, and a fairy will guide the player to the shortest route to the wabbit.

Spells

After completing a magic word during a level, catching wabbits will release fruit and vegetables. Collecting enough to fill the Magic bar will award a magic fruit that can be taken back to Home World, where the player can put two fruit together in a cauldron to create magic spells with all sorts of effects. Some spells unlock additional features and mini-games, award the player with points, time or stars, or other effects. If the player does not use a fruit they have collected, it will spin faster and eventually expire after a few levels.

There are 14 types of ingredients to use for a total of 105 possible combinations, as listed here:

Item 1 Item 2 Effect
Apple Apple Awards a bonus letter.
Apple Strawberry Opens the door that leads to the levels at the start of a new game. If the door is already open, 50,000 points are awarded instead.
Apple Banana Opens the Ye Olde Magic Shoppe. If the shop is already open, 50,000 points are awarded instead.
Apple Orange Randomises the player’s collected fruit. If no fruit are available, the fruit used are refunded for stars.
Apple Carrot Awards 5,000 points.
Apple Potato Friendship spell. The opposite character follows the player for the next level only.
Apple Cabbage Doubles the player's remaining time.
Apple Mango Awards 75 extra stars.
Apple Lemon Awards 100,000 points.
Apple Onion Awards the Magic Ruby. Collect all four Magic Gems to play a Super Bonus Round.
Apple Pear The player is followed by a duplicate of their character for the next level only.
Apple Cherry Awards 150 extra stars.
Apple Avocado Skips/re-opens Grass Land.
Apple Mushroom Activates fruit returner.
Strawberry Strawberry Awards 10 seconds extra time.
Strawberry Banana Awards the Magic Diamond. Collect all four Magic Gems to play a Super Bonus Round.
Strawberry Orange Opens the “Splat Those Dudes” mini-game.
Strawberry Carrot Doubles the player’s score.
Strawberry Potato All wabbits turn red for the next level only.
Strawberry Cabbage All wabbits turn green for the next level only.
Strawberry Mango Opens the “Wheelspin” mini-game.
Strawberry Lemon “The Colour of Magic” interactive demo.
Strawberry Onion Makes a rain cloud appear above the player character’s head for the next level only.
Strawberry Pear Opens the “Phew, What’s That Pong!” mini-game.
Strawberry Cherry Doubles the player’s stars.
Strawberry Avocado Allows the player to play two bonus rounds after collecting all bonus letters.
Strawberry Mushroom Awards 1 point.
Banana Banana Lemmings appear all over the place for the next level only.
Banana Orange Nothing happens.
Banana Carrot Awards 50 extra stars.
Banana Potato Opens the Ye Olde Hint Shoppe. If the shop is already open, 50,000 points are awarded instead.
Banana Cabbage All items are 50% off in the Ye Olde Magic Shoppe and Hints Shoppe until the next level is completed.
Banana Mango Skips/re-opens Temple Land.
Banana Lemon Makes more time icons appear in the next level only.
Banana Onion Opens the “It’s Waining Wabbits!” mini-game.
Banana Pear Makes more point icons appear in the next level only.
Banana Cherry Makes tortoises appear that award bonus points when collected for the next level only.
Banana Avocado Awards 45 seconds extra time.
Banana Mushroom Slows down the timer for the next level only.
Orange Orange Awards 1 point.
Orange Carrot All wabbits turn blue for the next level only.
Orange Potato Opens the “Snakes Alive!” mini-game.
Orange Cabbage Nothing happens.
Orange Mango Awards 25 seconds extra time.
Orange Lemon Opens the “Take a Chance!” mini-game.
Orange Onion Awards 30 seconds extra time.
Orange Pear Awards 40 seconds extra time.
Orange Cherry Skips/re-opens Lunar Land.
Orange Avocado 10,000 points.
Orange Mushroom Opens the “Tube Skiing” mini-game.
Carrot Carrot Opens the Sound Test.
Carrot Potato Awards 20 seconds extra time.
Carrot Cabbage Nothing happens.
Carrot Mango Turns all collected fruit into bananas. If no fruit are available, the fruit used are refunded for stars.
Carrot Lemon Awards 80 extra stars.
Carrot Onion Prolongs the life of remaining fruit. If no fruit are available, the fruit used are refunded for stars.
Carrot Pear Opens the “Wabbit Invaders” mini-game.
Carrot Cherry Awards 1 extra star and 100,000 points.
Carrot Avocado Awards 5 extra stars.
Carrot Mushroom Makes more stars appear in the next level only.
Potato Potato Skips/re-opens Wood Land.
Potato Cabbage The player gets a Game Over. The game admits it was joking, and continues as normal.
Potato Mango Awards the Magic Emerald. Collect all four Magic Gems to play a Super Bonus Round.
Potato Lemon Opens the “Guess Those Words” mini-game.
Potato Onion Nothing happens.
Potato Pear Opens the “Gold Rush” mini-game.
Potato Cherry Skips/re-opens Mine Land.
Potato Avocado Skips/re-opens Snow Land.
Potato Mushroom Awards 250 extra stars.
Cabbage Cabbage Opens the “Letter Basher” mini-game.
Cabbage Mango Awards 25,000 points.
Cabbage Lemon Prevents invisible letters from appearing for the next level only.
Cabbage Onion Awards 5 seconds extra time.
Cabbage Pear Skips/re-opens Dead Land.
Cabbage Cherry “Enter the Shadow Lands!” Blacks out the foreground layer for the next level only.
Cabbage Avocado Awards 50,000 points.
Cabbage Mushroom Opens the “Wabbitoids” mini-game.
Mango Mango Time icons collected in the next level are worth two.
Mango Lemon Awards 75 extra stars.
Mango Onion Skips/re-opens Desert Land.
Mango Pear Awards 100 extra stars.
Mango Cherry Awards 1 second extra time.
Mango Avocado Nothing happens.
Mango Mushroom Awards 250,000 points.
Lemon Lemon Swaps the state of the player’s bonus letters.
Lemon Onion Awards 100 points.
Lemon Pear Stars collected in the next level are worth two.
Lemon Cherry Displays 68000 assembly code.
Lemon Avocado Awards 1 extra star.
Lemon Mushroom Awards 1 second extra time.
Onion Onion Wabbits are prevented from exploding for the next level only.
Onion Pear Upgrades collected fruit to the next level. If no fruit are available, the fruit used are refunded for stars.
Onion Cherry Awards 20,000 points.
Onion Avocado Awards 125 extra stars.
Onion Mushroom Disables the foreground layer, rendering the next level invisible.
Pear Pear Opens the “Finders Keepers” mini-game.
Pear Cherry Awards 175 extra stars.
Pear Avocado Awards 200 extra stars.
Pear Mushroom Awards 50 seconds extra time.
Cherry Cherry Opens the “It’s Bouncing Bunnies!” mini-game.
Cherry Avocado Turns all collected fruit into mushrooms. If no fruit are available, the fruit used are refunded for stars.
Cherry Mushroom Skips a level.
Avocado Avocado Awards all bonus letters.
Avocado Mushroom Awards an extra life.
Mushroom Mushroom Awards the Magic Sapphire. Collect all four Magic Gems to play a Super Bonus Round.

Mini-games

px Splat Those Dudes
The objective of this mini-game is to throw tomatoes at caricatures of Traveller's Tales staff members Jon Burton and Andy Ingram, scoring bonus points for each successful hit. To throw a tomato, the player must hold down A, B or C to prepare a tomato, adjust their aim with the D-Pad, and release the held button to fire. The longer the buttons are held down, the higher the tomato will be thrown.

The mini-game ends when the player has thrown all of their tomatoes, with bonus points awarded if the player has successfully hit specific targets without missing. Hitting Puggsy will not award any points, but using almost every tomato on him will award an extra life.

px Wheelspin
This is a roulette that the player spins once, with the player winning whatever item the roulette stops on.
px The Colour of Magic
This is an interactive demo where the player presses the D-Pad and the face buttons to paint all kinds of colourful patterns on the screen. To exit the demo, press Select.
px Phew, What's That Pong!
px It's Waining Wabbits!
The player's character is in a flat field, and the objective is to catch as many falling wabbits as possible without letting too many hit the ground. By successfully catching wabbits, bonus stars will appear for the player to collect, and the longer the mini-game goes on, the more wabbits that will fall at one time. When the player misses 50 wabbits, the mini-game ends.
px Snakes Alive!
This mini-game is a recreation of the Snake game, in which the objective is to move a snake around the screen using the D-Pad and eat the numbers that appear on the screen. The number will count down from nine, and will disappear to another part of the screen if it is allowed to reach zero. Eating the number will award points based on how high the number was, but will also make the snake grow larger. The mini-game lasts until the snake touches the walls or part of its body.
px Take a Chance!
This mini-game is purely a game of chance. Three 10-ton weights hang above the screen with three bonus items (points, stars or extra time) appearing below each one, and the player must wisely choose which prize to take. When an item is collected, one of the weights will come crashing down. If the player chooses a prize that does not crush them, they can continue collecting prizes until they are crushed.
px Tube Skiing
px Sound Test
This is simply a basic sound test which allows the player to listen to the game's sound effects and music at their leisure. The D-Pad is used to make a selection, and any of the buttons will play the selected sound. To leave the Sound Test and resume the game, select "EXIT".
px Wabbit Invaders
This mini-game is a clone of Space Invaders in which the player must blast falling waves of wabbits without letting any of them reach the ground. As the wabbits get fewer in number, the faster they will move. When the player loses all of their ships or lets even one wabbit reach the ground, the mini-game is over.
px Guess Those Words
In this mini-game, the player must guess what each of the game's spell words mean from a list of four choices. Before each round, the player can wager as many stars as they like, and will win more stars for correct guesses, but will lose their bet if they make an incorrect guess. The mini-game lasts for a total of five rounds.
px Gold Rush
px Letter Basher
px Wabbitoids
px Finders Keepers
This mini-game is a memory match puzzle in which the game flips over grey wabbits and try to match pairs to win items. If the pairs match, the player will win the item. If a wild card (?) is drawn, a wabbit concealing an item that matches the first one drawn will automatically flip over, instantly winning that item.

The player is given ten tries. After using all ten tries, the mini-game ends, and the game will allow the player to flip the remaining wabbits to see what they contain, but they will no longer win anything for doing so.

px It's Bouncing Bunnies!
This mini-game tasks the player with using a trampoline to bounce the wabbits around and try to collect the numbers that appear on the screen. The number will count down from nine, and will disappear to another part of the screen if it is allowed to reach zero. Collecting a number will award a set amount of points based on how high the number was - the higher the number, the greater the point bonus. If the player lets 10 wabbits hit the ground, the mini-game ends.

History

In the US, the game was released on the first day of Winter CES 1994; January 6th.

The game features cameo appearances from games published by Psygnosis. Fatal Rewind's main character appears during the Sega logo sequence, mixing two bananas will make Lemmings appear during a level, and Puggsy cameoes in the "Splat Those Dudes" mini-game.

Versions

Wiz 'n' Liz appears to be optimized for PAL systems both in terms of gameplay speed and music speed. As a consequence, the game runs uncontrollably fast when played on an NTSC system.

Production credits

Copyright Psygnosis Ltd 1993
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Wiz 'n' Liz/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)

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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #146: "January 1994" (1993-12-15)

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Print advert in Hyper (AU) #1: "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) PAL
89
[9]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
81
[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
72
[11]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
94
[12]
Joypad (FR) PAL
81
[13]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
69
[14]
Mega (UK) PAL
69
[3]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
81
[15]
Mega Force (FR)
88
[16]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
85
[17]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
86
[18]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES) PAL
80
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
85
[20]
Player One (FR) PAL
78
[21]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
78
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[23]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
88
[24]
SuperGamePower (BR)
60
[25]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
61
[26]
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
69
[27]
Sega Mega Drive
79
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 df036b62
MD5 01c9742b0a83a7c135f9ed6948dc7576
SHA-1 1cbd0f820aaf35dd6328a865ecc4b9eedc740807
1MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f09353b4
MD5 8c0a97a07867e5a9406d45e682d0cde8
SHA-1 2e7a1724a72e89a3f9a66720d9a7c6f293263798
1MB 1993 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 43
  2. Computer & Video Games, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 124
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-21), page 57
  4. MAN!AC, "11/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 12
  5. Hyper, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 9
  6. Megazone, "November 1993" (AU; 1993-11-03), page 49
  7. Game Players, "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 47
  8. GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 293
  9. Consoles +, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 126
  10. Computer & Video Games, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-15), page 69
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 40
  12. GamesMaster, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-21), page 72
  13. Joypad, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 98
  14. MAN!AC, "01/94" (DE; 1993-12-08), page 36
  15. Mega Action, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-07), page 18
  16. Mega Force, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-11-10), page 104
  17. Mega Fun, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-24), page 28
  18. MegaTech, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-20), page 68
  19. Micromanía (segunda época), "Enero 1994" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 62
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-28), page 67
  21. Player One, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 110
  22. Sega Power, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-07), page 80
  23. Sega Pro, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 42
  24. Sega Zone, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-28), page 26
  25. SuperGamePower, "Abril 1994" (BR; 1994-xx-xx), page 26
  26. Sonic the Comic, "March 4th 1994" (UK; 1994-02-19), page 10
  27. Todo Sega, "Diciembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 78