Hey Wizard! Whacha doin’? Starring in a platform adventure? That sounds nice. Bet it’s a fun adventure too, isn’t it? With upgrades and spells and enemies and achievements and stuff. And since it was made by Spelgrim, it’s probably got a boss visual style. What’s that? You don’t know what “boss” means? Neither do we, but it sounds cool, and so is your game, so let’s just pretend it makes sense and go with it.
Strolling through your wizardly library, you stumble across a book titled The Megagate. As you innocently read the first sentence, an evil presence bursts forth, erasing your skills and running away like a little wimpy baby. Now, with only the most basic wizarding spells at your disposal, you set out to win back your powers, one upgrade at a time!
In Hey Wizard, you’ll run around a exploration-friendly world stocked with enemies and plenty of obstacles. Use the A and D keys to walk and the mouse to aim and fire spells. Switch between abilities with the number keys. Your wizard knees are pretty weak, meaning you can’t jump even the slightest, so spells are the only way you can gain some height. Use lightning blasts for a quick boost and fire as a jetpack, slowly moving through the air until your spell power drains. A necrohand can also be summoned to give you a small, stable platform, but it’s not nearly as epic as blasting yourself through the air with a wand! Spells are limited but recharge after a few moments, so no fair spamming them to fly around like a bird.
Collecting goblets earns you skill points, which can be used to upgrade your spell’s abilities, storage, regeneration rate, and so on. You can also bump up your health and walking speed, which is probably a good idea since, you know, you’re a weak little wizard. In each level you’ll need to seek out and destroy a certain number of enemy gates before you can move on. Naturally, your spells serve as fine weapons, but you’ll need to conserve health, as you can’t take much punishment from the assortment of baddies.
One of Hey Wizard’s nicest features, its stark visual style, also serves up its chief flaw. Since everything in the game is one of just a few colors, you’ll often find red enemies disappearing as they move through red bits of scenery, leaving you clueless as to where they are or where they might go. Surprise attacks happen far too frequently because of this, which gets to be an issue in later levels when you’re desperately fighting to stay alive.
With but one minor downfall, Hey Wizard provides an engaging, challenging experience with just the slightest learning curve. Once you get the hang of blasting yourself around with spells, you’ll get all wide-eyed at the possibility of flying through the air, burning bats and destroying megagates with the press of a button!blog comments powered by Disqus