Wizardry (franchise)

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The Wizardry franchise refers to the entirety franchise of Wizardry games and its Japanese made spin-offs, primarily and originally developed by Sir-Tech. Wizardry was began in 1981 started with the final version of Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, it has crossed many consoles genres, and forms of media, and becoming influential franchise as an inspiration to many Japanese role-playing games particularly such as Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.

The first five games known as "Classic Wizardry" are comprised of Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, The Knight of Diamonds, Legacy of Llylgamyn, The Return of Werdna, and Heart of the Maelstrom. These were not sold, nor were any derivative works bearing the Wizardry mark created prior to Nov 27, 2006; ownership was retained by Sir-Tech. The corporate has been established to exclusively exploit those games through licensing, development, and publishing. Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Crusaders of the Dark Savant, and Wizardry 8 were sold and are currently owned by Drecom.

While the original company ceased operating, it was recently reincarnated as Sirtech Entertainment Corp. and is currently remaking the first game through a development license with Digital Eclipse. During the time the original company ceased operating and the reboot of the second iteration of the firm, there are a number of active Japanese-made Wizardry product-lines, which are considered to be worthy "spin-offs". In fact, some were officially licensed for development by the original company before it ceased operating; the other unofficial product-lines were by fans.

List of Games

American Wizardry series

Image English language title Japanese language title(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord 狂王の試練場
Kyōō no Shirenjō
Apple II, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1, WonderSwan Color NASeptember 1981
EU1983
JPNovember 1985
The group of adventurers dwells into the depths of dungeon to reclaim the amulet from evil wizard Werdna.
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The Knight of Diamonds ダイアモンドの騎士
Daiamondo no Kishi
Apple II, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1 NA1982
JPDecember 1986
A direct sequel to the first scenario. After the evil wizard demise, an evil knight Davalpus invades the castle to slaughter royal family, then declares as supreme dictator of himself. Prince Alavik takes the part and slain the dictator by using Staff of Gnilda and wearing legendary Knight of Diamonds armor. However, Gnilda took the staff back in the depths of the ruins.
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Legacy of Llylgamyn リルガミンの遺産
Rirugamin no Isan
Apple II, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, Macintosh, MSX, Famicom, PC-88, PC-98, PC Booter, Sharp X1 NA1983
JP1987
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The Return of Werdna ワードナの逆襲
Wādona no Gyakushu
Apple II, IBM PC, PC-88, PC-98 NA1987
JPDecember 1988
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Heart of the Maelstrom 災渦の中心
Saika no Chūsin
Apple II, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, IBM PC, PC-88, PC-98, FM Towns, PC Engine CD, SNES NA1988
JPJune 8, 1990
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Bane of the Cosmic Forge ベイン・オブ・ザ・コズミック・フォージ
Bein obu za Kozumikku Fōji
MS-DOS, Amiga, Macintosh, FM Towns, PC-98, Super Famicom, Microsoft Windows (Emulated), Linux NA1990
EU1991
JPDecember 23, 1991
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Crusaders of the Dark Savant クルセーダーズ・オブ・ザ・ダーク・サヴァント
Kurusēdāzu obu za Dāku Savanto
MS-DOS, FM-Towns, PC-98, Microsoft Windows (Emulated), Linux (Emulated) NAOctober 1992
EU1992
JPSeptember 23, 1994
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Wizardry 8 ウィザードリィ・エイート
Uizādorī Eito
Microsoft Windows NANovember 14, 2001
EU2001
JPDecember 20, 2001
The final conclusion in a chapter of Dark Savant Trilogy where heroes takes the quest on last confrontation against Dark Savant.

Remake

Image English language title Japanese language title(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord 狂王の試練場
Kyōō no Shirenjō
Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch WWSeptember 15, 2023 The enhanced modern remake of the very first game with full 3D graphics and visuals.

Spin-off

Image Original title Japanese title Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure ウィザードリィネメシス
Uizādorī Nemeshisu
MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Sega Saturn NASeptember 30, 1996
EU1996
JPJanuary 22, 1998

Wizardry Gaiden series

Image Primary subtitle(s) Original subtitle(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Suffering of the Queen 女王の受難
Joō no Junan
Game Boy JPApril 20, 1990
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Curse of the Ancient Emperor 古代皇帝の呪い
Kodai Kōtei no Noroi
Game Boy JPOctober 1, 1991
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Scripture of the Dark 闇の聖典
Yami no Seiten
Game Boy JPSeptember 25, 1993
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Throb of the Demon's Heart 胎魔の鼓動
Taima no Kodō
Super Famicom JPSeptember 20, 1996
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Dimguil ディンギル
Dingiru
PlayStation JPApril 20, 2000
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Prisoners of the Battles 戦闘の監獄
Sentō no Kangoku
Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 JPMarch 25, 2005
WWMarch 30, 2023 (DLC)
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The Absence of Misericordia 慈悲の不在
Jihi no Fuzai
Microsoft Windows JPApril 25, 2003
WWJune 22, 2023 (DLC)
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The Five Ordeals 五つの試練
Itsutsu no Shiren
Microsoft Windows JPJune 8, 2006
WWDecember 17, 2021

Starfish Wizardry series

Image Primary subtitle(s) Original subtitles Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Empire エンパイア
Enpaia
Game Boy Color JPOctober 29, 1999
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The Staff of Resurrection 復活の杖
Fukkatsu no Tsue
Game Boy Color JPDecember 22, 2000
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Princess of the Ancient 古の王女
Inishie no Ōjo
Microsoft Windows, PlayStation JPNovember 15, 2000
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Legacy of the Princess 王女の遺産
Ōjo no Isan
PlayStation, Microsoft Windows (Plus) JPOctober 17, 2002
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Ancestry of the Emperor 覇王の系譜
Haō no Keifu
PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable JPDecember 25, 2003
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Asterisk: The Scarlet Seal アステリスク 〜緋色の風位〜
Asutarisuku ~Hīro no Fūin~
Nintendo DS JPDecember 29, 2005

BUSIN series

Image Primary title(s) Original title(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Tale of the Forsaken Land ブシン 〜ウィザードリィオルタナティブ〜
Bushin ~Uizādorī Orutanatibu~
PlayStation 2 JPNovember 15, 2001
NADecember 19, 2001
EUOctober 4, 2002
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BUSIN 0: Wizardry Alternative NEO ブシン0 〜ウィザードリィオルタナティブネオ〜
Bushin Zero ~Uizādorī Orutanatibu Neo~
PlayStation 2 JPNovember 13, 2003
KORMarch 25, 2005

Wizardry XTH series

Image Primary title(s) Original title(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Academy of Frontier 前線の学府
Zensen no Gakufu
PlayStation 2 JPFebruary 24, 2005
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Unlimited Students 無限の学徒
Mugen no Gakuto
PlayStation 2 JPMarch 23, 2006

Wizardry Renaissance

Image Primary title(s) Original title(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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The Wedge of Life 生命の楔
Seimei no Kusabi
Nintendo DS JPNovember 19, 2009
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Labyrinth of Lost Souls 囚われし魂の迷宮
Torawareshi Tamashī no Meikyū
PlayStation 3, iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows JPDecember 9, 2009
NAMay 16, 2011
EUDecember 7, 2011
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Online Mobile オンライン モバイル
Onrain Mobairu
Mobile Phones JPMay 24, 2010
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Legacy of Oblivion 忘却の遺産
Bōkyaku no Isan
Nintendo DS JPJuly 29, 2010
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Prisoners of the Lost City 囚われし亡霊の街
Torawareshi Bōrei no Machi
PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita JPJanuary 27, 2011
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Tokyo Labyrinth – Wizardry 0 東京迷宮 - ウィザードリィ0
Tōkyō Meikyū – Wizardry 0
Mobile Phones JPAugust 24, 2011
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Online オンライン
Onrain
Microsoft Windows JPOctober 14, 2011
WWJanuary 16, 2013
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The Magical Tower of War 戦乱の魔塔
Senran no Matō
iOS, Android JPJanuary 24, 2013
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Schema スキーマ
Sukīma
iOS, Android JPJuly 29, 2014
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Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry ウイズローグ ラビリンス オブ ウィザードリィ
Uizurōgu ~Rabirinsu obu Uizādorī~
iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows (FE) JPDecember 22, 2014
WWFebruary 24, 2017 (FE)

Drecom

Image English language subtitle Original subtitle Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Variants Daphne ヴァリアンツ ダフネ
Variantsu Dafune
iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows WW2023 A newest brand new entry as well the mobile app game.

Other Standalone Games

Image Primary subtitle Original subtitle(s) Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Chronicle クロニクル
Kuronikuru
Microsoft Windows JPMarch 23, 2001
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Summoner サマナー
Samanā
Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 JPNovember 15, 2001
NA Unreleased

Unreleased Games

Wizardry: Stones of Arnhem

A sequel to Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant was planned by Sir-Tech developed by Directsoft. The story was supposed to be based on Australian Aboriginal mythology not connected from predecessors, but never eventuated due to controversy surrounding a chaotic full of legal drama and oddly erotic designs while the whole document about the game was leaked into public years later. Following after its cancellation, a sequel was eventually made as Wizardry 8, and resulted in completely different game than former.

Wizardry: Strange Tale of the Rising Sun

A game was announced by ASCII to be released for Microsoft Windows 95 compatible operating computers, but there hasn't any further details revealed about the game itself, only a single CD containing the theme song "Tomorrow Promise" (あしたの約束, Ashita no Yakusoku) sung by Yukana was ever released.

Wizardry XTH 3

A sequel to Wizardry XTH: Unlimited Students was rumored in development and planned to be a trilogy in the series, but it was never got made due to departure of Team Muramasa from Michaelsoft and the developer bankruptcy.

Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry - Wandering Dark Lord

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An arcade game version adapted from Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry entitled Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry - Wandering Dark Lord with new features and contents served as pairing bonus for smartphone version, but never eventuated on local amusements.

Novels

  • Futabasha Fantasy Novel Series
  • Wizardry Novel: Ash and Youth Side by Side
  • Wizardry Novel II: The Wind. Has it reached Dragon?
  • Novel Wizardry IV: Werdna no Gyakushu
  • Wizardry Gaiden: Suffering of the Queen Iris
  • Wizardry Gaiden II: King of the Sands
  • Wizardry: The League of the Crimson Crescent
  • Blade & Bastard

Tabletop

Animation

Manga

Wizardry Clones

Main article: Wizardry Clone

As mentioned above, there are several dungeon crawler games that plays almost exactly similar to Wizardry. Although every games aren't usually considered scope in the franchise. Various developers including those who previously involved on creating Wizardry spin-offs before went develop its own spiritual successors or independently.

References

External Links

Llylgamyn Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (remake) - The Knight of Diamonds - Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Return of Werdna - Heart of the Maelstrom
Cosmic Forge Bane of the Cosmic Forge - Crusaders of the Dark Savant (Gold / PSX) - Wizardry 8
Gaiden Suffering of the Queen - Curse of the Ancient Emperor - Scripture of the Dark - Throb of the Demon's Heart - Dimguil - Prisoners of the Battles - The Absence of Misericordia - The Five Ordeals (Traveler's Property / Children of the King Selene / The Devoid of Apotheosis / The Pickled Man of Galvan / The Wheels of Flame / The Price of Deception)
Starfish Wizardry Empire - The Staff of Resurrection - Princess of the Ancient - II (Plus) Legacy of the Princess - Ancestry of the Emperor - Asterisk: The Scarlet Seal
BUSIN Tale of the Forsaken Land - Gotz' Trap Removal - BUSIN 0: Wizardry Alternative NEO
XTH Academy of Frontier - Unlimited Students
Renaissance The Wedge of Life - Labyrinth of Lost Souls (The Red Shadow of the Sister) - Online Mobile - Legacy of Oblivion - Prisoners of the Lost City - Online - Wizardry 0 - The Magical Tower of War - Schema - Wizrogue: Labyrinth of Wizardry
Other games Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure - Chronicle - Summoner
Mobile games Monthly Wizardry - DoCoMo Wizardry - Wizardry Traditional - Wizardry: Chapter 1 - Variants Daphne
Cancelled Stones of Arnhem - Wizardry Gaiden VB - Strange Tale of the Rising Sun - Wizardry XTH 3 - Wandering Dark Lord
Compilations The Wizardry Trilogy: Scenarios I, II & III - I-II - The New Generation - Trilogy 2 - III-IV - VI & VII Complete - The Ultimate Wizardry Archives - Llylgamyn Saga - New Age of Llylgamyn - I-II-III: Story of Llylgamyn - Twin Pack - Perfect Pack - Wizardry Legacy: BCF, CDS & 8
Tabletop games Wizardry RPG - Wizball
Novels Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - The Story of Alavik and Margda - Knight of Diamonds - Legacy of Llylgamyn - Heart of the Maelstrom - Ash & Youth Side by Side - The Wind. Has it reached the Dragon? - The Return of Werdna - Suffering of the Queen (Futabasha) - Suffering of the Queen Iris - King of the Sands - Llylgamyn War - Prelude/Expansion - The League of the Crimson Crescent - Blade & Bastard
Media Quest for Hrathnir - Wizardry (anime) - Gaiden (manga) - Apolon Game Music Box Memorial Sound of Wizardry - ZEO (manga) - Record of Wicked Sorcerer: Ash & Youth - Blade & Bastard (manga)
Other related Ultima - The Bard's Tale - Deathlord - Centauri Alliance - Elminage - Generation XTH - Class of Heroes - Wizardry Clone - Wizardry references in popular culture
Collaborations Demon Tribe - Dungeon Dive: Aim for the Deepest Level - Final Fantasy Agito - Rise of Mana - Samurai Schema - Darkest Dungeon II