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                            | W I Z A R D   O F   W O R |
                  GAME:  WIZARD OF WOR
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ACTION
               CREATOR:  BALLY MIDWAY Copyright 1980
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.0
                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    6.  The Game
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Fields
        6.3  Scoring
        6.4  The Dungeons
        6.5  The Monsters
    7.  Playing the Game
    8.  Quirks in the Game
    9.  Conclusion
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
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    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    Version 1.0   1/27/04:  A guide is born.
    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Bally Midway for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    Welcome to my FAQ for Wizard of Wor.  Since the game has you continuously
    killing monsters until all your men are killed, there is no walkthrough per se.
    Instead it will be broken up into the game itself and strategies for survival.
    Input is appreciated along with constructive criticism.  If you wish to e-mail
    me thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing things, other strategies, etc.,
    feel free.  Make sure you put Wizard of Wor as the subject.  If you don't, I'm
    liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    1980 was a major year for arcade games.  Pac-Man made its debut and the craze
    swept the nation.  In addition, powerhouses such as Atari, Cinematronics,
    Stern, and Williams also put out major games such as Battlezone, Star Castle,
    Berzerk, and Defender.  There was a lot of competition to contend with for any
    arcade game manufacturer.  Bally Midway has been one of the most successful
    partnerships in the arcade game industry.  Bally had been putting out pinball
    and slot machines since the early 1930's while Midway has been putting out
    arcade games since the early 1970's.  In addition to this partnership,
    lucrative deals with Japanese arcade giants such as Namco and Taito brought us
    Space Invaders and Pac Man.  Bally Midway continued to collaborate on games and
    one of the results was Wizard of Wor.  Although the game proved to be popular,
    it was constantly in the shadow of the major arcade games of the year.  Still,
    it developed a loyal core of people which enabled it to develop some staying
    power.  You played a Worrior who must eternally go through mazes and defeat the
    monsters.  The names of the monsters harkens back to tales told during the dark
    ages while your Worrior is equipped with the finest future weapons such as a
    laser gun.  In addition to the monsters, you also had to deal with the Worlocks
    and even the Wizard of Wor himself.  The action is fast-paced and there is
    never a dull moment.  Good luck keeping your Worrior alive.
    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    Wizard of Wor is a two-dimensional, above view style game.  In addition, the
    Worrior that you control is shown from a side view to further complicate things
    a little.  Your goal is to successfully kill all the monsters in a dungeon so
    that you can advance to the next dungeon.  As you progress through the
    dungeons, the monsters become quicker, smarter, and more aggressive.  You may
    player in one-player mode where the computer will assist you or in two-player
    mode where a friend can help you out.  The mazes are designed to test your
    skill and strategic abilities as you attempt to make it to higher dungeon
    levels.  It is kill or be killed in this fast-paced game.
    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    The controls on this game are pretty easy.  In addition to learning how to
    move, you must also learn how to tap the controls to change your Worriors
    direction.  It will take practice and some time to get used to them.
    -  A four way joystick for moving left, right, up, and down (tapping the joy-
       stick left, right, up, and down just turns your Worrior without moving him).
    -  Fire button
    / 6.2  The Playing Fields /____________________________________________________
    The playing field for Wizard of Wor is pretty simple in its layout.  You will
    have the maze itself.  Centered at the bottom is the radar with players one and
    two on the right and left corners respectively.  I have included an example of
    what this field looks like:
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                             MAIN MAZE                             |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                    WORRIORS->     |
        |                                                      LEFT         |
        |                         DUNGEON # OR NAME                         |
        |                     +-----------------------+                 /\  |
        |                     |                       |                -||  |
        |                     |                       |                 /\  |
        | +-------------+     |         RADAR         |     +-------------+ |
        | |  PLAYER #2  |     |                       |     |  PLAYER #1  | |
        | |    SCORE    |     |                       |     |    SCORE    | |
        | +-------------+     +-----------------------+     +-------------+ |
    You control your Worrior on this screen.
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    Scoring in this game is pretty simple:
    Burwor (Blue Monster)  :  100 points
    Gurwor (Yellow Monster):  200 points
    Thorwor (Red Monster)  :  500 points
    Yellow or Blue Worrior : 1000 points
    Worlock                : 1000 points + Double Score for Next Dungeon
    Wizard of Wor          : 2500 points
    You start the game with one of the following set ups:
    For one player:  You get 2 or 3 Worriors for one quarter.
                     You get 5 or 7 Worriors for two quarters.
    For two players:  You get 2 or 3 Worriors for three quarters.
                      You get 5 or 7 Worriors for four quarters.
    You get a free Worrior either after dungeon three or four (Arena) and
    another one at dungeon 12.
    / 6.4  The Dungeons /__________________________________________________________
    The dungeons in Wizard of Wor are arranged in random order.  This basically
    means that you won't encounter the same pattern of dungeons on multiple games.
    There are, however, two dungeons that will always appear in the game:
    The Arena always appears at dungeon 4.  It looks like this:
                  |                                              |
                  |   ----   +----                ----+   ----   |
                  |          |                        |          |
              ----|   -------+                        +-------   |----
                <-|                                              |->
              ----|   ---+                                +---   |----
                  |      |                                |      |
                  |      +----    ----------------    ----+      |
                  |   |                                      |   |
                  |   |                                      |   |
                  |      |        |   --------   |        |      |
                  |      |        |              |        |      |
    The Pit appears at dungeon 13 and every six dungeons thereafter (i.e. 19, 25,
    31, etc.).  It is basically the playing area without the maze.  It is a wide
    open area like this:
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
              ----|                                              |----
                <-|                                              |->
              ----|                                              |----
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
                  |                                              |
    The rest of the dungeons are randomly generated by the game.  Below, I will
    show what a few of the dungeons look like:
                  |          |                        |          |
                  |   ----   +   ----          ----   +   ----   |
                  |                                              |
              ----|   ----   +   +                +   +   ----   |----
                <-|          |   |    |      |    |   |          |->
              ----|      +---+   |    |      |    |   +---+      |----
                  |      |       |                |       |      |
                  |   ---+    +--+                +--+    +---   |
                  |           |       |      |       |           |
                  |           |       |      |       |           |
                  |           |                      |           |
                  |   --------+  +                +  +--------   |
                  |              |                |              |
                  |                                              |
                  |   +----       +----      ----+       ----+   |
                  |   |           |              |           |   |
              ----|   +   +----   +   --------   +   ----+   +   |----
                <-|       |                              |       |->
              ----|       +   +   +   --------   +   +   +       |----
                  |           |   |              |   |           |
                  |           |   +----      ----+   |           |
                  |           |                      |           |
                  |   -----   |                      |   -----   |
                  |           |                      |           |
                  |   -----   +   +   --------   +   +   -----   |
                  |               |              |               |
                  |       |                              |       |
                  |   +   +   ----    --------    ----   +   +   |
                  |   |                                      |   |
              ----|   +   +   ----+   --------   +----   +   +   |----
                <-|       |       |              |       |       |->
              ----|----   |       +----      ----+       |   ----|----
                  |       |       |              |       |       |
                  |   +   +----   +   --------   +   ----+   +   |
                  |   |                                      |   |
                  |   |                                      |   |
                  |   |                                      |   |
                  |   |       +   -----      -----   +       |   |
                  |           |                      |           |
    / 6.5  The Monsters /__________________________________________________________
    There are five different monsters (or Worlings) you can or will encounter in
    Wizard of Wor.  They are:
    Burwor:  The blue monsters.  You can always see them.  Every dungeon starts
             with six Burwor.
    Garwor and Thorwor:  The yellow and red monsters.  You can only see them on
                         radar or if you are in the same passageway as they are.
                         They have a breath weapon in addition to their normal
                         attack.  You start off dungeon 1 with one of these
                         monsters.  The number goes up by one for each successive
                         dungeon until you have a maximum of six per dungeon.
    Worlock:  Appears after dungeon 1.  Moves quickly around and tries to go out
              the warp tunnel.  Killing one gives you double scoring in the next
    Wizard of Wor:  First appears in dungeon 5.  Tends to teleport around the maze
                    and throw lightening bolts.  Cycles through periods of being in
                    the maze short and long periods of time.
    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    When you start the game, your Worrior will be in a safe area in the bottom
    right or left corner of the maze.  You will have ten seconds to stay in your
    safe area before you are forcibly ejected.
    -  Take a quick look at the maze before you go into it.  Know the locations of
       the monsters and also find areas that will be suitable for defending your-
       self.  The Burwors will already be roaming around.  In the later levels, a
       couple of Garwors and Thorwors will also be in the maze.
    -  When playing in one-player mode, the computer player will assist you to a
       degree.  Use this to your advantage.  This will be especially true in the
       later levels when the invisible monsters are roaming the maze.  The computer
       player can help you by making them become visible.  Keep in mind that you
       can kill off the computer Worrior and they can do the same to you.
    -  Two-player works like one player.  Learn to work together and try not to
       kill each other (unless you are playing a cut-throat competition).
    -  It is easier to turn from side to side then it is to turn from side to
       up/down.  Find the short walls that will only allow monsters to approach
       you from the side.  Also, align your warrior just a little past the
       corridor walls above and below.  This will give you the advantage of
       seeing invisible monsters in two vice one passageway.
    -  Another advantage of the above is the fact that the monsters will push you
       back vice kill you.  Of course, you must get back into position since the
       monsters seldom will attack you singly in the later dungeons.
    -  Learn to tap the joystick so you can rapidly turn without moving your
       Worrior.  This will prove invaluable on the later levels when you have to
       turn back-and-forth rapidly to shoot the enemies coming at you.
    -  Learn to use your radar.  Although it doesn't have the maze superimposed
       upon it, you can get a pretty good idea of where the invisible monsters are
       and where they are moving to.  This will definitely help decrease the chance
       of being surprised by one of them.
    -  When you are shooting, make sure you are making your shots count.  You can
       only have one shot out at a time. This basically means that until your shot
       hits a wall or a monster, you have no firepower.  So don't fire down long
       corridors or you may find yourself surrounded by monsters without being able
       to shoot them.
    -  Your shots can also be negated by the other Worrior's shots, monster's
       breath weapons, and the wizards lightening bolts.
    -  As the dungeons progress, the monsters become smarter.  Not only do they
       attempt to surround your character, they also move out of the way when you
       are aiming at them.  In addition to becoming smarter, they move much quicker
       and tend to swarm on your Worrior.
    -  You can use the warp tunnel once during a dungeon.  It will also clear out
       when the Worlock appears.  When you use the warp tunnel, it will seal off
       behind you as you get to the other side.  Only use it when you really need
       to.  Don't hang around it since the monsters will also use it to get to your
    -  The Worlock will appear after the last monster has been killed.  Worlocks
       usually appear in the center of the maze and move toward one of the war
       tunnels.  Try to seal off the warp tunnel to prevent the Worlocks escape.
       Also, hit it at long range since trying to fight toe-to-toe with it would
       be suicide.
    -  After you clear out the Worlock, you may be confronted by the Wizard of Wor
       himself.  The Wizard of Wor teleports randomly about the maze shooting off
       lightening bolts.  This may be the one time when a pre-emptive shot may do
       you some good since the wizard may teleport into your shot.  You can also
       use the same tactics of creeping out from behind a wall with the wizard
       since you won't be hit until you are pushed back into the corridor.
    -  If you survive through dungeon 7, you will now be classified as a Worlord.
       This basically means all the monsters are moving at maximum speed and they
       are all coming for you.
    -  If you don't lose a Worrior on the dungeons with the Pit, you will be
       classified as a Worlord Supreme.
    -  For the mazes that are open (such as the Pit) or very near open (such as the
       Arena), go to a corner to present the smallest possible target and to force
       the monsters to only come at you in two directions.
    | 8. QUIRKS IN THE GAME |======================================================
    Like all video games, this game has strange things that can occur.  Some of
    these quirks can be detrimental to gameplay, but they are interesting nonethe-
    -  While you are playing the game, if you turn the power off and back on
       quickly, you will start where you left off and your total amount of Worriors
       left will be at their maximum of 16.
    -  After the dungeon counter (located above the radar) passes 100, it will
       reset but the first digits will no longer by in synch with the counter.
    -  It is rumored that if you fire a shot and the Wizard of Wor first appears in
       the exact same spot where your shot is, the game will lock up.
    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
    | 9.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    The Wizard of Wor was definitely a different game when it first came out.
    Sometimes, one wanted to compare it to Berzerk.  Although the basic premise was
    the same, the gameplay was totally different.  Another interesting aspect (re-
    peated with Gorf) was the ability to "buy" more men.  Although this extended
    one's life, it still caused one to lose a lot of quarters.  This game became a
    real challenge when everything was moving so quickly, you just basically shot
    quickly in all directions hoping you took something out before it got you.
    This was one game that could get the heart pumping.  Unfortunately, it is very
    rare to find this machine anywhere.  However, through the miracle of emulation,
    a whole new generation is realizing what we "old" folks enjoyed those many
    years ago.  In addition, www.shockwave.com is bringing many of these classic
    games back.  Check out their site to see what ones are there.  I hope this
    guide helps you in being able to get the most amount of gameplay for this game.
    If you do have other ideas or thoughts, please e-mail me and share them.  Who
    knows, maybe I'll start a Q&A Chapter in this guide if enough people ask the
    same questions.  Anyway, thank you again for reading this guide.
    To see other FAQ's I have written please go to:
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