Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 3: The 30-Day Video Game Challenge

Note: This is a series of posts based on some image floating around on Twitter. I felt I could talk more about my answers instead of just tweeting them.

Day 3: A Game that is underrated

Wiz n Liz (Sega Genesis and Amiga, 1993)

Before Pysgnosis went on to make Wipeout, they were best known for Lemmings, one of my favorite PC puzzle games. Truth is, Psygnosis published a variety of fun titles I enjoyed, including Puggsy, those games on Nick Arcade, and today's game of choice, Wiz n Liz.

If you've never played Wiz N Liz, I'll forgive you for not keeping track of it in a sea of great games on the Genesis and Amiga back in the early 90s. It feels like a forgotten gem, even when talking to people who grew up playing games in that decade. The goal of the game is to guide your character through each stage collecting rabbits (they escaped from their pen!). Each rabbit yields items like letters that you use to spell out a word, clocks that extend your time, vegetables you use to create spells, and so on.

It's all done with a frantic pace that's best enjoyed with two players, although the single-player experience is great as well. Complete with unique music, great stage and spell variety, it's a game everyone should try at least once.

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