Warlock (video game)

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Warlock
Warlock
Mega Drive box art
Developer(s) Realtime Associates
Publisher(s) LJN (Super NES)
Acclaim Entertainment (Genesis)
Platform(s) Sega Genesis, Super NES
Release date(s) Aug 15, 1995
Genre(s) Action
Platform
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 16-megabit Cartridge

Warlock is a 1995 platform video game loosely based upon the horror film series of the same name. It was released on Aug 15, 1995 through Acclaim Entertainment for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Super Nintendo systems.[1]

Story[edit]

Once every thousand years, the sun and the moon align together. When this happens, the Evil One sends his only son, the Warlock, to Earth to gather six ancient runestones. When assembled, the runestones give the possessor ultimate power to undo the Earth's creation. Using sorcery inherited from his ancestors, a modern druid must travel through time to prevent the Warlock from finding all of the runestones.

Gameplay[edit]

As a druid, the player is armed with seven different spells that will aid him in his battle against the Warlock. Up to 255 spells of a certain kind can be carried, although the status bar only shows up to nine.

  • Weak smart bombs
  • Strong smart bombs
  • Healing
  • Revival Spell
  • Protection Spell
  • Tremor
  • Time Reversal

Reception[edit]

Upon its release The Post and Courier gave a positive review for the game, saying that the SNES version's graphics were better than those of the Genesis/Mega Drive port and that the game was overall good for novice and young players.[2] GamePro gave the Genesis version a negative review, remarking that the game is highly derivative of other platform shooters, and that it suffers from delayed controls, overly small enemies, and a lack of variety in the gameplay.[3] A different GamePro reviewer gave the Super NES version a more mixed appraisal. He also criticized the delayed controls, but praised the organ music and sound effects, and concluded "Warlock won't set your system on fire, but ... it's a good intermediate adventure with some truly challenging puzzles."[4]

In 2012, Complex included the game on its list of "The 10 Greatest Wizards in Video Games" due to the versatility of the druid player.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warlock (information)". IGN. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Video Game of the Week". The Post and Courier. May 18, 1995. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "ProReview: Warlock". GamePro (IDG) (69): 44. April 1995. 
  4. ^ "ProReview: Warlock". GamePro (IDG) (69): 63. April 1995. 
  5. ^ "The 10 Greatest Wizards in Video Games". Complex. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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