Looking for a rogue-lite dungeon-crawler focused on magical combat? Look no further than Wizard of Legend! Like many rogue-lite indies, everything in Wizard of Legend is randomly generated, from the spells (“arcana”) in your arsenal to your path to the game’s finish line. The game’s action moves quickly, and you’ll need to use spells in rapid succession to defeat your foes. Wizard of Legend presents quite a challenge for most players—but if it’s a little too hard for you on your own, you can always play with a friend in couch co-op mode.
After a quick tutorial in the form of a museum tour, you’ll be thrust into the game. Your goal? Master your cache of spells and battle against powerful council members in your quest to become a Wizard of Legend! Over the course of the game, you’ll face three trials composed of elemental-themed levels and filled with powerful conjured enemies, plus a final boss after the trials. Along the way, you’ll collect priceless relics and spells, and you’ll discover which combinations of spells and relics work best for your particular play-style. There are plenty of combinations to choose from, so get ready to experiment and find your sweet spot.
Before starting a new run, you’ll choose your load-out of spells and change their configuration on your controller, if you like. Then, use quick thinking and masterful dexterity to land devastating combos on your enemies while avoiding their attacks. And in Wizard of Legend, you’re rarely up against a single foe; most enemies come in waves and require your full attention. The game’s levels include shops where new spells, relics, and other upgrades can be bought with the gold from fallen enemies, so collect as much gold as you can to give yourself more of a competitive edge.
Wizard of Legend’s pixel art is pretty slick, but there are a few drawbacks with its graphics. For one thing, there’s a lack of variety in your enemies, but more significantly, there’s an occasional frame rate issue that may result in some stuttering. When the screen gets busy and several spells are cast at once, frame rate drops are likely to happen, and these can really throw you off. But these frame rate issues are relatively rare, and they’re definitely not game-breaking. (Also, we know the game’s developers are super-active, and we think they’re working on a patch.)
The soundtrack might not be what you expect—in a good way. It’s got a fantastical and magical feeling to it, making you feel like you really are a wizard, as opposed to some weirdo with a few spells up his sleeve. The music builds at crucial moments and helps the game feel even more epic, and we recommend playing with the sound on. On top of this, you’ll hear fitting sound effects, like the whipping, pounding, and whooshing of various spells. The game’s soundscape is immersive and well-done, and it pulls you more deeply into the experience.
Wizard of Legend is a fantastic addition to the existing lineup of tough rogue-lite games on the Nintendo eShop, and local co-op mode makes it feel right at home on the Switch. Depending on your skill level, you might be in for a real challenge, but with enough practice, you’ll get better and make serious progress. There’s plenty of variety in Wizard of Legend and near-infinite replayability, thanks to its procedurally generated levels. If you’re a fan of tough rogue-lites and looking for a new challenge, Wizard of Legend is the perfect Nintendeal for you!
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher –Humble Bundle
Price – $15.99
Genre –Action, Adventure, Arcade
Size –379 MB
Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick is a Super Mario Maker 2 enthusiast, but working with Nintendeal has fostered a love for tough-as-nails indies such as Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Cuphead. Sarah prefers sim games like Animal Crossing, Don’t Starve, and Stardew Valley, but she challenges herself by grinding Slay the Spire from time to time.