Wizard101: Chacarter CreationCharacter creation is rather simple, yet entertaining, and this is by far the most interesting part of it. The spell school quiz w...
Wizard101: TutorialA very detailed tutorial which displays what is most likely a resemblance of end-game combat. not an easy thing! Voice acting and ...
Wizard101: Starting ZoneGraphics are kind of cartoony, which gives the game a whole new feel, sort of like Super Mario on Nintendo 64, and let's admit it,...
Wizard101 is a cartoon based MMORPG developed and published by KingsIsle Entertainment. Although Wizard101 is primarily aimed at the younger gaming audience, there are dozens of features that can appeal to even the most hardcore of MMO fans. Players are thrown into a world torn in conflict between the forces of light and dark, you create your very own wizard, a fearless student with the hopes of the world rested on their shoulders. The character customization is quite thorough allowing you to choose various aspects of your character including facial style and clothing. You can also choose your own name, although it's limited as you're forced to choose 3 different names based on a large predefined list. This is just one of the great features for parents, knowing that there won't be any foul or dirty usernames.
The most appealing aspect to Wizard101 is the unique turn-based combat system. The battle takes place around a sphere, with each position available to be taken by both enemy and friendly units. Players can freely join other combat spheres, allowing for easy back up during a tough fight or to share quest objectives. Once players are in place, the combat begins. Each player, and enemy, must select a card to play from the available cards in their deck. The card types vary and offer everything from damage and buffs to heals and blocking. The offensive cards are easily one of the best aspects of the game. Each attacking card is accompanied by some of the best animations ever seen in MMO RPG games. Within minutes of creating your character you can summon giant minotaurs, swarms of bees or a mutated tree. Each card also affects the environment around the sphere for the duration of the attack, changing the terrain to a mountainous or forest region.
Wizard101 includes dozens of other exciting features such as an extensive housing system that lets players customize their house from a large selection of furniture and ornaments. Other exciting features include hundreds of available quests and NPC characters, a thorough guild and party system and enough events to keep players occupied every day of the year.
If you're looking for a cute and kid-friendly MMO to introduce your youngest gamers to online RPGs, Wizard101 is a great starting place. Running the game in a better resolution that the default 800 x 600 fullscreen mode is definitely recommended, and just about any off-the-shelf rig should be able to deliver crisp, sharp images for you.
The spell effects are particularly well done in Wizard101, with lots of flames, lightning bolts and healing energy. You won't find a lot of pixilation in the graphics of Wizard101, and the animations in this online RPG are relatively smooth. Only the character's jump animation is immediately distracting. Character models are moderately varied for the game's monsters and NPCs, but all playable characters are strikingly similar with little variety.
The sound in Wizard101 ranges from a bright, cheerful melody in Wizard City to a more exciting tune during monster battles. The sound effects for the abilities are very well done, including those for the creatures summoned during duels.
In the main options menu, you can adjust the sound individually for the background music, sound effects and NPC dialogue. You can also turn the sound off completely, if you so desire. The main issue with the sound in Wizard101 is simply the lack of variety. The background music might become annoying to you. Perhaps that's why the option to turn it off exists.
The plot of Wizard101 follows a linear path that mainly deals with your character's acceptance by -- and arrival at -- the new Ravenwood School of Magical Arts. The main villain, Malistaire Drake, tries repeatedly to cause mayhem and mischief. Your character's job is to help your mentor Merle Ambrose foil those plots.
Ambrose, the headmaster of Ravenwood, is a former court magician and is reminiscent of both Harry Potter's Dumbledore and the mythical character Merlyn of the King Arthur tale. You'll also be introduced to the teacher of your particular school of magic. These professors of Fire, Ice, Death and other schools range in personality from fun to serious, and from helpful to cruel. If you get this far into the story and really don't care for your character, you can always go back to the game's character select screen and make a new one.
Each major section of game play follows a unique story arc, but all are in the same vein. There really is no variety here. Stay with the game long enough, and you'll be exploring a number of other cities and quest hubs out in the world, including the Jade Palace of MooShu, the Pigswick Academy in Wysteria and the Regent's Square in Marleybone.
When you first begin Wizard101, you'll be given a short test to help your character determine his or her preferred school of magic and fighting style. Questions about your favorite hobbies, how extroverted you are, favorite animal and other related topics will allow the game to provide you with a recommendation. If you don't like your initial assignment, you can always go back and re-do the quiz, changing answers until you get what you like.
Parents will appreciate the many kid-friendly features in Wizard101, including the naming system. You'll choose your character's name from three different pools: a first name, middle name and last name. This keeps other players from creating inappropriately named characters.
The opening sequence of the game is a sort of tutorial where you learn how to maneuver throughout the world. The arrow keys provide movement while the spacebar allows you to jump slightly. You can also use the WASD keys to move and steer with the right mouse button, but there is no method of strafing. Talk to NPCs by pressing "x" or clicking on them. This is how you will receive your quests and mission assignments in Wizard101.
You learn almost immediately that the game centers around dueling other Wizards. While these can be highly dramatic, they also rely on a turn based combat style that can feel slow and stodgy. While it's fun to see what each of your abilities does, and also what your enemy's abilities do to you, it all gets very old, very quickly. After all, if you've seen one fireball, you've seen them all. The spells you have access to are on cards and mainly involve summoning creatures to either damage or heal in various ways. You'll have the opportunity to choose both your spell and your target, if you have more than one.
The next step in the tutorial teaches the chat system. Players under the age of 13 can only chat by selecting from a selection of words and phrases; this is another one of those kid-friendly features mentioned earlier. You can greet other players, thank them, apologize, and ask to join parties, but not much else.
There's a bright yellow arrow to direct you from objective to objective, ensuring that you really can't get lost in the world of Wizard101. The arrow always points the direction you should be moving in real time. As you approach an intersection, the arrow may turn to one side or the other. This lets you take the most direct path possible to your goal.
Unique Fun Factor
Parents who like to play along with their kids will probably find Wizard101 to be charming and lighthearted. Kids who are near the high end of the target market will likely be less enthused and eager to move on to a more mature game. However, if you're just looking for a title to get younger kids started with gaming online, Wizard101 is a great first MMO.
Kid-friendly graphics, storyline and game play.
Heavy parental controls with many different options available to help keep younger gamers safe.
Seven different schools of magic to explore, each with its own unique spells.
Repetitive game design involving duels with other Wizards and monsters.
Music soundtrack may become a bit annoying.
Only free up to about level 10; after that, the game may become expensive.
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How to Install Wizard101 and Create a New Wizard2012-07-31 15:33:27 - By Michael Jamias
Wizard101 is one of the most popular free online rpg games in the world. Millions of players have created their own fantasy cartoon wizards, spending hours casting powerful spells to vanquish foes as solo flame-throwing pyromancers or working as part of the team as healing theurgists. In between, there are plenty of other wizard classes to choose from, which only adds to the depth of this light-hearted free online rpg.
Come create your very own wizard and join the fun by following this MMO-Play guide.
Before anything else, you have to make sure that your personal computer can handle running Wizard101 by matching or exceeding these system requirements:
- Internet: Internet Connection Required
- Operating System: Windows 98SE or later versions
- DirectX: 9.0c or newer
- Processor: 1GHz Intel Processor
- RAM Space: 512 Megabytes
- Video Card: Best results with GeForce 2 or equivalent (standard in most PCs)
- Disk Space: 5 Gigabytes
It’s important to mention twice that Wizard101 does not run natively on Mac computers or any other operating system outside of Windows. There is an application though at CrossOver Games that lets you support running Wizard101 on a Mac.
Creating a New Character
Unlike other MMORPG Games, Wizard101 first asks you to create new character before it lets you download the game.
To create a new character in Wizard101, click the “Play Now” button on the upper Wizard101 game page. This will take you straight to the character creation page where you will need to go through four steps to create your wizard.
Step 1: Choosing a Gender
First step will ask you to pick a gender. You will most likely choose your real-life gender, but feel free to choose the opposite to expand your role-playing experience. Choosing either a boy or girl avatar will not affect your overall power in Wizard101.
Step 2: Choosing a Name
Second step involves composing a first name and last name for your wizard. Unlike other MMORPG games, Wizard101 will not allow you to type in anything that pops into your mind; you can only select from a pre-selected list. You will also notice that last names are a combination of two words joined together, which you can use to further describe your character, such as Thundertalon if you plan on making your wizard a shockingly ruthless spellslinger, or Waterward for a protective healer. Hit the “Random!” button to get some suggestions and maybe even find the perfect name for your wizard.
Step 3: Choosing a School of Magic
The third step is a survey questionnaire. Based on how you answer this questionnaire, your new wizard will be put under one primary school of magic.
1. How do you like to spend your time? (By myself, With my friends)
2. Which of these is the most powerful? (Volcano, Blizzard, Hurricane, Earthquake, Tornado, Plague, Sandstorm
3. Which best describes you? (Fast and athletic, Smart and studies hard, Great listener, Honest and Hard-working, Extremely Creative, Very Well-rounded)
4. What is your favorite season? (Summer, Winteer, Spring, Fall)
5. What would you rather be? (The leader of a group, Part of a winning team)
6. What is your favorite animal? (Dragon, Unicorn, Bat, Polar Bear, Shark, Crab, Serpent)
7. What is your favorite Gem Stone? (Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, Peridot, Jade, Onyx, Citrine)
After answering the survey, you will be recommended into a school of magic. This will come with a short video showing you what spells you can cast, and there will also be a short paragraph explaining the general profile of your school of magic. If you are not satisfied with this outcome, you can click the “Choose a Different School” button to switch to another school.
There are seven primary schools of magic, each offering unique spells:
- Fire – Passionate, brash pyromances. Uses mainly damage-over-time spells.
- Storm – Brilliant, creative diviners. Can charm, enthrall or hypnotize foes.
- Ice – Persistent, strong thaumaturges. Has high health points and defenses.
- Death – Devious, destructive death mages. Can drain health points and have strong spells with painful drawbacks.
- Life – Nurturing theurgists. Casts heals most effectively to self and others.
- Myth – Imaginative conjurers. Summons beasts of legend as minions.
- Balance – All-around balance wizards. Powers up or weakens damage spells and has some self heals.
Once you have decided on a final school, click the Next button to head to the final part of the character creation process.
Step 4: Filling up the Player Profile Form
In the fourth and final step, you will need to fill up a short profile form. You will need to provide your age, a username, a password and an e-mail address. As always, remember to keep your password difficult to guess and different from your other existing passwords.
Click the “DONE” button to finish the character creation. You will then be asked to download install the Wizard101 game.
Downloading, Installing and Patching the Game
Follow the installation instructions provided. Clicking the “Play for FREE!” button triggers the download for the InstallWizard101.exe program with a rough size of 12 MB. Once that finishes downloading, double-click it to begin installing the game on your PC.
After the InstallWizard101.exe, you will need to wait a minute or so for the InstallShield Wizard to set up.
You will then be taken to a login page where you must enter your username and password.
You’re in the home stretch! Wait for the short patch update to finish, which will approximately take three to five minutes to finish. The Total Progress bar will tell you how much more you will have to wait. In future logins, you might be asked to update the game again but it will not take as long as when you first install Wizard101. Finishing the patching process will light up the “PLAY!” button at the lower-right part of the screen. Click “PLAY!” to begin your game.
Claiming Your Sign-up Gift
One last reminder. As part of your freebies for signing up for Wizard101, you will receive 1,000 gold pieces to spend on gear and other items in-game. Make sure to claim it via the Wizard101 homepage.
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