According to reports Alpha Beta players (opens in new tab)retro style FPS wizard (opens in new tab) It recently got its first playable demo as part of the 2022 Realm’s Deep event. Inspired by Raven Software’s Heretic and Hexen, this fantasy-themed baby boomer shooter lets you throw fireballs at goblins in a runaway medieval town.
The ace of Wizordum is definitely its art style. The game has a very colorful cartoon look, almost as if developer Emberheart Games covered Hexen with icing sugar.It almost reminds me of those Doom WAD or CounterStrike maps people make The Simpsons (opens in new tab) or bikini bottoms (opens in new tab).
I found the effect very refreshing, and the two levels demonstrated were fun to spend some time playing. Wizordum is not very demanding from players, although only the second easiest of the four planned difficulty levels is currently available. All of the shards in the demo feature only a handful of goblins playing, and they stick to some pretty standard shooter archetypes. You have melee goblins, strong melee goblins and ranged wizard goblins.
This isn’t necessarily a dig at Wizordum, though. As the game gets closer to the full version, I wish Emberheart would introduce more enemy types, I find it really nice to play something a little more grim compared to other types. There is enough variety in the arena layout that the three weapons demonstrated (mace, fireball, and icicle machine gun staff) feel good to use. The filming captivated me enough and contrasted nicely with Wizordum’s exploration.
Both levels have selectable areas, some minor confusion, and some critical searching and backtracking, which was enough to get me thinking, but it didn’t kill my motivation to move through the levels. Wizordum’s levels are like a tasty snack version of Raven’s sprawling sixth-dimensional tesseract levels.
The shooter’s bright aesthetic, easy-going shooting, and chill exploration feel like a palette cleanser to me compared to the hardcore combat and grim looks of many Boomer shooters.If you’re interested in Wizordum, you can wishlist the game and check out the demo steam (opens in new tab)and even supports Emberheart Games Patron (opens in new tab).
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