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Wiz 'n' Liz

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































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-113026
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99More...[1] T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-113026-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?




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Wiz 'n' Liz is a sidescrolling action game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993. It was also release 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 free order from a hub world. Difficulty level selection has a great influence of the duration of the game. 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, you must first grab magical letters that form the name of a spell that will facilitate catching the wabbits; once you catch all of them, you must find the exit out of the stage. You must do all of this in a limited amount of time; fortunately, you move quite fast. B and C jump. Each world ends with a screen filling boss. This is the only time attack spells are available.

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 employs.

History

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

The game features a cameo appearance of Fatal Rewind's main character.

Versions

The PAL version appears to be optimized both in terms of gameplay speed and music speed.

Production credits

Copyright Psygnosis Ltd 1993
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

EGM US 052.pdf

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)More...[4]
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)More...[5]

SegaVisions US 16.pdf

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

CVG UK 146.pdf

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

Hyper AU 001.pdf

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

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 More...[6]
81 More...[7]
94 №11, p72/73
69 №14, p57
81 №6, p18/19
86 №22, p68-70
85 More...[8]
94 More...[9]
78 №48, p80/81
79 №26, p42/43
88 №13, p26-28
60 More...[10]
61 №20, p10
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
13 reviews

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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, SE (rental)

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