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  Elmseeker

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Joined: 9/07/07
Posts: 1

12/27/08 3:37:50 PM#21

 Wizard101: Gaming In the Wizarding World.

As a gamer of many years I always enjoy trying out new games that have new, fun and interesting themes. KingsIsle Entertainment has succeeded in releasing one such game. Wizard101 will take you on a fun, interesting ride through "Wizard City" and it's surrounding areas. The plot lines are interesting and the quests are fun to do as you wait to see what is going to happen next. You get to meet some interesting characters along the way as well, from the quirky, funny Headmaster Merle Ambrose to Dorothy Gale, Toto and the Tin Man, you will never be wanting for fun NPCs to quest for.

The programming staff at Wizard101 has apparently taken several pages from the Disney book of game design as many of the features of the client itself are the same as those found in ToonTown Online. This is not, mind you, a bad thing at all. These features were developed to keep children safe online and do so here as well as on ToonTown. From the real friends codes you can get to give to real life friends so you can chat together to the way your characters are named to the speed chat which here is called "Menu Chat" parents never need fear for their children while they are playing Wizard101. Another feature found in both Wizard101 and ToonTown is that while you are in monster populated areas you are safe from attack as long as you stay on the sidewalks, which can be very helpful when having to walk through areas to get farther into the game.

This is where Wizard101 Breaks apart from ToonTown though. The story, premise and overall game play is quite different. The spells, characters,, monsters and world are rich and diverse. There are so many things you can do in this game that to list them all would take several pages. Overall, I would suggest that any parents who have tweens who want to get online to play games check this one out. The child safety features alone make this one worth looking into but when your children see the mix of ToonTown, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz and the gamut of other stories that have been put into this world they will be hooked...and so will you!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamer,
Elmseeker

 

 

  adiw

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Joined: 7/22/10
Posts: 15

"The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." ~Unknown

7/22/10 11:46:01 PM#22

[QUOTE] Groups - the concept of groups don't really exist within Wizard101. Grouping is really done on an encounter-by-encounter basis. Any player can simply join a battle already in progress (except for a few specific challenge battles) by entering the battle circle (either by teleporting to a friend in an instance or just running up on a public street). This is a great approach to both solo and casual play, but it has limitations. When I want to play with my son and daughters, we basically all have to follow each other around and jump in on each other's battles. Additionally, since there aren't any real groups, there isn't an explicit group chat channel. I'd love to see groups and group chat implemented. Group creation could be limited to those paid players >= 18 (unless explicitly allowed by an adult, in which case it'd be 13+ - NEVER under 13, UNLESS IN THE SAME FAMILY ACCOUNT) [/QUOTE]

 

There is a channel for groups.  Bernie introduces it in a tutorial tip. You just click the chat bubble with 2 smilies.

  the420kid

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Joined: 12/19/05
Posts: 429

7/22/10 11:53:57 PM#23

after first reading this review and beign bored I gave it a shot with an open mind and I found myself loving the game more every hour that I played..  I ended up subscribing for a month after finishing all the trial quests and being about lvl 10 I have really enjoyed it I am now lvl 26 still having fun I am however going to be playing sc2 on July 27th so i have unsubscribed but its a great mmo if you looking for something to try I def recomend it to any fantasy especialy harry potter magic the gathering type fans to try it..

SC2 owns though wizards is good but not good enough to keep me from sc2 :)

  TweFoju

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Joined: 6/27/09
Posts: 981

10/16/10 5:17:17 AM#24

$9 monthly fee? seriously? i mean if this MMO is for kids, then how the hell can they charge $9 montly except if their parents are paying

So What Now?

  SpiritGWolf

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Joined: 10/30/10
Posts: 2

11/11/10 10:20:52 PM#25

I've been playing for almost a year now.  To get access to the entire game you have to pay either $90.00 (give or take just a tad) or pay for a sub.  The subs start at $9.95 (single) or $6.95 per account/per month.  Also, you have very little access to the entire game unless you buy "crowns" or subscribe.  The mounts you can buy in-game cost about 50k in-game gold or about $8.00 in crowns (again give or take just a tad).  They have brought "cheating" back to the game with the intro of Celestia.  The cheating is thus:  If you "heal" your character, the monster throws a 1 pip (it is how you cast spells) spell that will do a large amount of damage.  More than your char can do with 1 pip.  If you throw a shield on your char, the creature throws a full "heal" on itself.  Most of the cheating is with bosses, but alot of the other monsters do it.  According to KI, it's only in Celestia, but I created a new char and found it to be in some of the lower lvl areas now.  What they've done is, they've given new content, and anything that you Might need (ie, house, mount pet) you either have to waste alot of time and effort to "farm" to get the gold, or you have to put out money on-top of your subscription.  Most of the in-game items are decent, but to have the best you will be spending more than the game is worth.  It started out as a great game for the family, but it's morals and ethics about making you spend more to get less from them is atrocious now.  Their forums are so strict that you can't post until they read what you said, and if they don't like it , it's never seen and they will ban you from their forums.  Like I said it WAS an awesome game, now it's just a hoover sucking the money from the players with nothing to show in return.

I am an evil person, and I see no good in humanity. So p**s off.

  11412s

Apprentice Member

Joined: 12/18/10
Posts: 2

12/19/10 11:47:24 AM#26

Certainly IS a fantastic game. Though the population in Wizard 101 are kids, it's a great way to end a school day or any day of stress for everyone. Don't think of me wrongly, i'm 17, and i get criticized for playing it, but I still play it because of Wizard 101's new to come features. I just can't wait for those! 

Things I enjoy the most about Wizard 101:

  1. Being surprised with new features
  2. Gardening
  3. Combat
  4. New rank 8 spell cards
  5. Connecting with friends from school
  6. Celestia
  7. Giving me a challenge
  8. PVP
  User Deleted
12/19/10 12:11:00 PM#27
Originally posted by rhinok
Originally posted by Czarr_Rom

What I would love to see is a review done by someone at the target age.

Get an early teenager to review this game. I dont say this to be condescending in any way but if the game is meant to target ?9-14? year olds shouldnt they be the ones telling us how it is? :)

Something like that would be very cool indeed.

  • My 9 year old son loves it - he's an addict.  It's all I can do to get him to stop talking about the game, and I'm a gamer!
  • My 12 year old daughter likes it and play some
  • My 18 year old daughter (just turned 18 a couple of weeks ago) likes it and plays quite a bit

On top of that, my 39 year old wife likes it, but doesn't play all that often and I (38 years old) like it a lot and play in bursts between my other games and work/life responsibilities.  My son and I had a game night last night and played together for a few hours - it was great!.  Even more fun with somebody to play with.

I've said this before in other comments - Wizard101 is the only game that has ever appealed to my entire family.  I've played CoX in duos with my oldest daughter for 2 years.  I've played Dungeon Runners with my son and I've played WoW with my wife (very, very casually  for both of us).  But we all play Wizard101!!

~Ripper

 

 

 I really like hearing stories like this I think this is what games are sopoesed to do they are ment to bring people together. Its great to hear you guys are having fun with this game I have a few younger cousins that are addicts of this game but i never really got into it myself if a similar title is around when im older though and i have children id defiently play with them.

  Tajwall

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Joined: 12/26/10
Posts: 4

12/26/10 6:45:22 PM#28
Originally posted by Lydon

It really is an amazing game. Though it may be geared towards children, I found it immersive and addictive. I love the combat system.

 

 Dude, they censor out "Aslan" and many other common words because of their silly "censors". HALF of their enemies cannot be said, so instead of "Attack the stone golem!" you get like "... The ...!" Another dumb thing is free quests leading to members quests during the chain. However, it isn't half bad. It was enjoyable, so it's not exactly the type of game that you'd see someone like the Irate Gamer or AVGN playing. It does get rather addictive, but some of it gets tedious. Example: Running out of cards, not affording more. Another Example: Avoiding fights is a hard thing too. Once I entered a map and randomly started dashing at like 20mph, then I found out I was in a HUGE boss fight. Sure, that's the kind of idea of "party" but it's still good. Not bashing on it, it's actually pretty good.

read it. love it.

  ydeb

Apprentice Member

Joined: 1/16/11
Posts: 1

1/16/11 11:14:49 PM#29

Pros:

This is a great game. It is fun and easy to play and the graphics are good. Also the ability personalize the experience is great.

 

Cons:

Don't play it if you don't want to pay money, it's the only way to advance. I reached Level 10 and got bored because I ran out  of quests that I could do. You have to buy certain areas and for a FREE game this is a big detractor. Also there are some very odd people out their so definitely watch it. I've seen players ask for a girlfriend or a boyfriend.

I give it a 6.5 out of 10.

  georgiacotton4576

Novice Member

Joined: 11/17/12
Posts: 1

11/18/12 12:36:35 AM#30
I play wizard101 and i do have fun. It is definitely a family friendly game.
  DrewfusMaximus

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Joined: 2/04/14
Posts: 1

"No Matter Where You Go... There You Are!"~ Buckaroo Banzai

2/04/14 10:42:32 PM#31

Great review!  I've been playing it for about a year, or so.  I absolutely love this game, and to see such high praise from such a great game site, gives me great pleasure.  I must admit, your writing style, and game comprehension is the best I've seen, for a quick review of a highly complex, and innovative game!


 


I"m hooked.


  Deployer

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Joined: 10/19/14
Posts: 1

10/19/14 5:56:23 AM#32

I have been playing games, console and computer based since, well, early 80's anyway.


Online games since the real early 90's. Yea, I am kinda old. And still a game nut for all kinds of games.


I started playing Wizard101 several years ago when my wife started playing it about a year before I did when she got hooked on it at our daughters place when we went for a visit. The daughter, her hubby and both of there little girls, 6 and 8, plat Wizard101. The girls, at that time, didn't do a lot but run around lol, but, they enjoyed it greatly. The Daughter and her hubby got into it big time. What they loved is the fact there girls could not see the language some of the old kids were using, not could they see what I call, "Wizard City Commons Dating Service" which was nothing but kids running around asking for a boyfriend or girlfriend. I did not mind al that and some times thought it was kinda cute, but, that was limited. My daughter and her hubby were very grlad the girls were not able to see that. They said the main reason they let the girls play was because of the parental controls Wizard101 has placed.


 We came home from the visit and my wife got on her computer a got an account on Wizard101 that evening. A few days later, she paid for a years sub. She thought the game was fantastic. And as her NOT being a computer gaming person at all, I was kinda impressed that Wizard101 got her attention. The game play, combat, quests and all of it are, in her words, "fantastic and very enjoyable". Well, yea, they are really, however, I must take into account that she has never played a computer game before that. She did play a few console games on the Game Cube. Mostly Animal Crossing.


I started playing later on and found it very enjoyable. At first, since I have been playing many types of games on and off line for over 2 decades I was not so sure about the combat setup. But, I got on it , created an "avatar" and began playing. Was not long and I was hooked. Had the wife put us on a family plan and there we were, fighting leveling and questing like crazy. Many times joining in quests and fights with our daughter and her hubby. I would now and then, when the grand kids were on, run around with them. But since they were rather young, they couldn't be on that much when I was since work took a great deal of my time. And to this day, the wife and I still play. the wife considerably more than I do now but, still play. And one may be rather surprised as to how many "adults" there are actually playing Wizard101. I am referring to adults over the age of 30. I am 58 and the wife is 56. And I know many others playing that are older.


All in all, Wizard101 is a fantastic game for kids and even older kids, like us. I will not get into all the pros and cons as a few here already have. Suffice it to say that Wizard101 has been and still is a game that ranks at the top for children of all ages. IMHO. And since it's beginnings, it has grown rather large and is still growing with new lands to quest on, new pets to have, and yea, the pets help you in combat now as well. And you can train them up so they can learn new skills. There are new "armor" as well as weapons and such. Always adding new things to the game. Yes, the "free to play" side is rather limited, but, it is still used by many people. But all in all considering the cost of many of todays MMORPG games, Wizard101 is still rather cheap. And still very enjoyable.


As "ydeb" mentioned above, yes there are odd people playing the game, however, that goes for EVERY SINGLE game that is online, or offline, for that matter. So as for that part, it is not really part of the equation for playing Wizard101 or not. As I said, there are "odd" people in every single aspect of online gaming and forums and any other place that is used by people from around the world. And as for the "looking for a girl friend or boyfriend" yea, that gets old, but once again, that is part of the online deal. Take it or leave it, your choice.


Personally, I would rate Wizard101 9.5 out or 10. Simply because the free side to play is limited so much. But, still very enjoyable regardless.


Take it or leave it :) y'all have a good one now :)


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