Wiz 'N' Liz
Wiz n Liz and the Frantic Wabbit Wescue kicks the Mega Drive into warp speed and smashes onto your screen like a tidal wave in the fastest fun-filled fiasco ever created. Theres exploding Wabbits, a crazy cauldron, hundreds of spells and heaps of sensational sub games - not to mention two totally maniac magicians. You want action? Boy have we got action!!!
Wiz N Liz The frantic Wabbit wescue is an interesting little game. It is a frenzied platformer of sorts sporting the usual Psgynosis flare of cutesy graphics and sounds.
Its gameplay is simplistic being get-in, collect and get-out making for easy adoption but this aside the game can be very fast and quite challenging on later levels. Plenty of hidden extras are to be found. Several renditions of classic games such as space invaders as sub-games. Along with a 2 player mode for some competition this game is an often overlooked classic.
The game was published by Psygnosis in 1993 and was also released for the Amiga. It was written by two guys called Martyn Chuddly and Mike Waterworth.
Wiz n Liz live far away on a planet called Pum where magic is a reality and is used in everyday life. Even the fruit which grow on trees hold magical properties.
Wiz n Liz enjoyed making magic only slightly less than caring for their beloved pet wabbits. They had so many wabbits that caring for them became rather time consuming.
One day a spell went horribly wrong and transported the wabbits away to distant parts of the planet. Wiz n Liz set off to retrieve them.
Wiz N Liz must scour the planet Pum in search of their beloved wabbits. There is only a certain amount of time before the spell that sent them wayward begins to kill them.
As Wizzy or Lizzy you must enter the 8 lands to save them and return them back to the home world.
The D-pad left and right is for running across the screen. Up and Down are used for looking though not really of any use.
Button A lets you fall through a platform which is extremely useful for later levels when racing around. It is also used for your magical powers when fighting bosses.
Buttons B and C are both jump.
Wiz N Liz
All your vital information is on screen all of the time.
At the top of the screen will be the current password. This will be for the level you are on and the difficulty.
Stars These are the currency of Pum. These are collected in rounds as star icons and can be awarded to you as bonuses. You will need these for buying items in shops and playing some sub-games.
Skill the current skill level you are playing at. This is set in the 1 Player options before a game starts. More information on Options is below.
Points the amount of points you currently have. To the left of this will be which character you are playing with.
Wiz or Liz Icon How many lives you currently have. Every million points earns you an extra life. Lives can also be bought and/or awarded as bonuses.
BONUS What bonus letters you are carrying. Letters that are coloured in have been collected. Collecting all of these letters allows you to play a bonus round. See later for more on bonus rounds.
Time How much time you currently have left to complete a land. Time bonuses in the form of clock icons increase this. Extra time can also be earned in sub-games as bonuses.
The game starts at the home world by your cauldron. This is where you cast your spells and will return to when a level is completed. Some modes require you to cast a spell to make the exit appear initially. Cast the spell of apple and strawberry. The exit will be a spinning blue door by your house. This spell will last for the duration of the game.
Spells are cast by putting 2 magical items together in the cauldron. Magical items are fruit and vegetables. There are 100+ different spells that can be cast. Some are useful and some are not. A spell can give bonuses, open up sub-games or skip levels and more. All spells last for the duration of 1 level. See later for a list of spells and sub games.
To cast a spell simply grab an item off the trees by jumping at it. It will follow you on a magical cord. Jump next to the cauldron for it to go inside. Place another object in the cauldron and after some mixing the spell will be cast.
Any magical fruit or vegetables that you collect will be hanging on the trees. These will have a lifespan to them. This is 3 levels. When they are about to expire they will begin to spin fast and then disappear.
When you go through the exit you will be taken to the rollercoaster intersection
where you choose which land to enter. Each land represents a single level. A
level can be between 1 and 4 rounds. You will be told the number of rounds to
be played when you enter the land. When a level is complete the door will be
nailed shut and you will return to your cauldron and be given a new password.
Each land is a small area in which the wabbits are littered throughout. Each land has 4 variations - 1 for each world. Within a time limit you must collect all the wabbits. As wabbits are collected more a littered. To collect a wabbit simply touch it. You must collect all the wabbits before your time runs out.
If you run out of time you will loose a life. When a life is lost you loose the letters and items that you have collected in that round. The maximum amount of time you can have 3 minutes. You will receive points for all objects that you collect. This includes wabbits, stars, letters etc.
A single round has 2 objectives. First you must collect the letters for spell to make the exit appear. This will be the word across the top of the screen. The spells will get longer as the game progresses. Once collected you then collect the remaining wabbits. As the difficulty level increases the number of wabbits that will need to be saved will go up.
As you collect the wabbits you can collect magic items, stars and time bonuses. When all of the wabbits have been collected the exit will be open. The round will be over when you jump through it.
Flashing Gold Coin
Wiz or Liz Icon
Fruit or Vegetable Icon / bar
This is the magical item that you are currently collecting. You can judge how many more items that you have to collect by the bar to be bottom right. As the difficulty level increases the amount of items you will have to collect to earn the item will increase.
In a bonus round the screen will go blue and you have 1 minute to collect all the wabbits. There are no magic items to collect just stars and time. You can collect a maximum of 10 time icons giving you 30 seconds.
In the last 10 seconds the exit will appear and will be open. When you go through the exit you will receive a 50,000 points bonus. However, if you collect all the wabbits then this will be 75,000 points.
You can not die in a bonus round should and you run out of time however you will loose all of the stars, time and points that you have collected.
In addition to bonuses there are also some hazards which can affect the progress of a round.
During the course of a round wabbits die randomly. Collect dying wabbits with a priority. If a wabbit dies you will loose all of the letters that you have collected including bonus letters and will have to begin collecting again thus wasting time. A dying wabbit will flash white and more rapidly as it approaches death.
The fairy hovering around your character points you in the direction of a dying wabbit. As the difficulty increases the amount of time you have to save a dying wabbit decreases.
At the end of each world (8 levels) you will face a boss. Which boss you face will depend on the difficulty level in which you are playing.
See this page for all the bosses
To fight the boss you will use magic. This is released by pressing button A. When held down a stream of magical energy targets a weak spot. This is limited and will only last for a few seconds. It will recharge after a few seconds of rest.
Some weak spots have to be destroyed in order. A boss will flash white when hit.
You can take 6 hits from a boss before you are killed represented by the character icons at the top-left of the screen. If you should be killed then not only will you loose a life but will also be returned to your cauldron and will have to play a randomly opened land for one round before being given another attempt.
When the boss is defeated you will receive points bonuses for all items collected in that world. This usually earns you an extra life.
1 Player Options
1 Player Game Options Screen
A single player game several options can be set.
Swap Can choose between Wiz or Liz as the playable character. There is no difference between the two other than appearance.
Password See Below.
Level This is an initial difficulty setting and basically determines how may levels will be played.
Apprentice - this has only 8 levels with no exploding wabbits.
Wizard has 16 levels, 2 bosses and slightly less time. This is medium.
Sorcerer - has 32 levels with 4 bosses and eventually will have four rounds per level with exploding wabbits and all. This is the hardest setting.
Not immediately selectable is a Super Wizard setting. This has 32 levels and 4 bosses but not as difficult as the Sorcerer setting. A cheat is needed to activate this mode. See later on.
Skill Selects the speed of onscreen action.
Training - Gives slow character movement and slow timer countdown.
Tame normal character movement and normal timer countdown.
Taxing Frantic movement, crazy speed and fast timer countdown. This is the default mode.
Credits View the credits of the game along with some graphics.
On the game options screen you can input a password. The current password will be displayed at the home world by your cauldron. Passwords store the level number, difficulty, number of lives you have and the amount of time you have. They do not store the value of stars. See below for some passwords.
Upon loosing all of your lives game over will appear and you will be taken to the
leader board. There is no continue in Wiz N Liz so make note of passwords as
Wiz N Liz features several sub games that are opened by casting certain spells. Most of these are renditions of classic games. These are good places to earn extra points, stars and time. Some bonus games are better than others.
Take a Chance
Sub-games are indicated by red doors next to the cauldron. It will only last for that time you are in the home world.
Check out this page for all of the sub-games.
There are one or two essential spells to help with progress through the game.
Ye Olde Magic Shope
Ye Olde Magic Shoppe
By casting the spell of apple and banana the magic shop will open. In here you can buy all the fruit and vegetables to mix spells as well as extra lives and time.
This is perhaps the most essential spell as you can buy the items for useful spells to help you clear later levels. For example you can buy the items to cast the spell for no dying wabbits.
You can also sell any fruit and vegetables that you have collected for stars.
The price of the items increases after you have completed a world (8 levels)
however there are ways to reduce this such as a sale spell; Cabbage + Banana
can half the prices for the duration of a level.
Ye Olde Hint Shoppe
Ye Olde Hint Shoppe
By casting the spell of potato and banana a door will open above the trees.
The hint shop will give you information, hints and cheats about the game. The
most valuable will be the most expensive.
Super Bonus Round
By casting a spell that results in the collection of a magical gem a door will open above the trees with a Gems Arrow.
Spells for Gems
Apple + Onion = Magic Ruby
Potato + Mango = Magic Emerald
Magic Diamond = Strawberry + Banana
Mushroom + Mushroom = Magic Sapphire
The collection of all 4 Magical Gems allow a Super Bonus Round to be played. This can be used only once. To play another you will have to collect the gems again.
Level 1-4 - The no landscape to play on.
Land Which land to play on.
Play Super Bonus start the game.
A super bonus round is similar to an ordinary bonus round. You have 1 minute to collect points, stars and time.
Stars which are worth 3.
Time Time bonus. Worth 3 seconds each
Magic Items These appear occasionally and only 1 is needed to collect the item.
Points are worth 10000 points each.
In the last 10 seconds a wabbit will contain the gold coin rewarding you with 30 seconds extra time. This extends Super Bonus Round but only once.
2 Player Mode
Wiz N Liz has a 2 Player split-screen competition mode.
Selecting 2 players from the title screen enters the split screen competition mode. Player 1 is the top and player 2 is the bottom.
The object is to collect all the wabbits in a land and exit before your opponent.
Upon you exiting, your opponent has just 10 seconds remaining to complete the round also.
Player 1 will collect the brown wabbits and player 2 will collect the blue ones.
Several options can be set for a 2 player game.
Swap Choose which player plays Wiz and which plays Liz.
Lives How many lives for each world. Choose from 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9
Best of Out of how many rounds will a winner be found.
Skills Difficulty level. 1 = easiest
Speeds Slow restricts speed to walking. Fast allows for running.
When you play you will see the lands won screen. This will show you who is winning and how many wabbits and points they have collected.
When you have a score of about 5 million points use the points doubled spell strawberry + carrot to earn some extra lives. You can only use this spell once.
These may appear as the floating Wiz and Liz objects in the next round.
Start the game with the password HSSN RSCD. Use the shop spell and purchase a potato and banana. A hint shop will appear. Enter the Hint Shop and buy any hint. Enter and re-enter the shop holding Start and C. The screen will keep flashing. When you have used all your stars the counter will roll back over to 65536. Loads a money!
Super Wizard Setting
Super Wizard Setting
For an extra difficulty setting, when the Sega logo appears on boot up, hold A, B, C and press start twice. You will hear a yeah sound and a new Super Wizard setting will appear on the options menu under level. This setting lies between Sorcerer and Wizard and consists of 32 levels.
Or you can enter the following passwords.
GSSN QLML for Tame with the shop and 100 stars
HSSN RLLL for Taxing with shop and 100 stars
The Super Wizard mode will still be available even when you reset the machine.
Start Game with Shop and Stars
To start off the game with the shop already open plus a handy 100 stars hold Start and press C while entering the last letter of any valid password.
Time Ball Release
During a round Hold UP and press A. A yeah sound will play and a time ball will be inside a wabbit. You can only use this once per round, and if you do it too often, it gets harder to find each time.
Discount in the shop
When you enter the shop hold down the start button and highlight the word buy. Press and hold button C. If done correctly you will hear a yeah! and the price of the items in the shop will be half.
TKGS RPDS Sorcerer Taxing Level 12 3 Lives 1:08
SCDQ KFDS Sorcerer Taxing Level 25 4 Lives 1:36
MRCF RSCD - Start the game with all the gems, 500 stars and opens random doors!
TCDT-GBBS - Big Baddie Selection. Play against any boss.
MGTP-GLLS Apprentice Final Level
NNQS LSBF Sorcerer Final Level
See Hint V MQHS PKDN
See Hint W - CBSK LGQD
See Hint X - BBBB BBBB
See Hint Y TTTT TTTT
Title Screen Music
In the games manual there is reference to the world where Wiz N Liz live. This is a picture of the map from Puggsy.
The Puggsy character also makes an appearance in Splat! and in the landscape of Temple Land.
A playable demo of the game came on a CD ROM in an issue of Sega Power. Perhaps a Mega CD version was planned at some point.
I have a version of this game on cartridge where you can make either Wiz or Liz fart by bending them over and pressing the A button.
Wiz N Lizs names appear on tombstones in the Dark Blade forest level of Puggsy.
Presumably all these guys were all good mates or something.
There have been no follow up versions to Wiz N Liz thus far. Would be a great Gameboy Advance title.
The Moon sequence is quote amusing. That routine would make a great little screen saver or active desktop object.