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Wizzley Presto and the Vampire's Tomb Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on July 13, 2010


Wizzley Presto and the Vampire's Tomb
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PROS

  • Classic Dizzy-style puzzle platforming.
  • Clever puzzle designs.
  • Cute retro art-style.

CONS

  • Manual saves or more auto-saves needed.

VERDICT

Wizzley Presto and the Vampires Tomb is definitely up with the best of the puzzle-platforming titles, but it also brings back all the flaws that made them frustrating to enjoy.


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There was once a time when puzzle-based platformers ruled the roaming landscape of gaming and the Dizzy series lived large during this time, challenging players to solve its labyrinthine series of puzzles. Sadly, not everyone had the patience to crack the thick shell of logic puzzles combined with platforming agility, so it's odd that 'Wizzley Presto and the Vampires Tomb' by Spellbound Games decided to run with this strange throw-back in gameplay.

Traditional d-pad, virtual stick or similar controls have been thrown out for a strange mix of spreading out the movement arrows along the bottom row of the screen, along with an attack button that flings eggs at your enemies. Throughout each of the game's chapters you'll have to scour screen after screen for various items that can be combined with the environment to solve puzzles. Much like regular platformers, you only have several lives available to complete your tasks and if you lose them all you'll have to restart the entire chapter again.

Visually, Wizzley Presto has a classic mid-90s retro style that's vibrant, fun and perfect for the genre. Items are easy to identify and their use is generally simple enough to work out once you've explored all the available areas, but you can't help but feel that you're always walking on egg-shells as dying can become all too common.

Wizzley Presto is a clever new addition to a classic form of platforming, but once you're past the nostalgia it's a relic of gaming that only genre fans will appreciate.

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