Wand Wars is a local multiplayer battle arena game developed by Moonradish and tells the story of Gregory, an apprentice of Merlin, as he tries to prove himself worthy to compete in a tournament against other wizards. This game provides three different modes to choose from: the story, trials, and versus. The story contains six different campaigns starting with Gregory and ending with a mysterious hooded character known as the challenger. The other characters are rather interesting as well, one being Merlin’s cat that transformed into a beast and a robot that was built by Gregory to help him with the chores. Each campaign can be played on either normal or legendary difficulty to give additional experience and provide a larger challenge for the player to overcome. From my experience in the game, the legendary difficulty is rather easy for the first couple sections but turns pretty brutal during the final levels. Trials mode is a wave-based version of the multiplayer that pits the player against increasingly challenging bosses to achieve a high score on the leaderboard.
Visually this game has a retro feel. The visuals are reminiscent of 8-bit graphics and the game goes hand in hand with it. This title feels like it could have been released on the NES and would have fit right in. The music in the game is soothing and rather relaxing. The other noises in the game fit in with the nostalgic feeling. The only noise that is not too pleasant is the gibberish-sounding noise used during the dialogue between characters.
In the end, Wand Wars is a neat battle arena title that is great for parties or a nice family game night. The game is family friendly and is suitable for everyone. It is priced at $12 USD, which I feel is fair. The game provides a good amount of content but just falls short due to repetitiveness. So, grab your wands, ready your brooms, and don your favorite cloak, the tournament is about to start!
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 6.5/10