WizardWorks Group, Inc. was an American computer game company founded in 1980.
WizardWorks jewel case series Edit
WizardWorks released a series of registered Apogee Software games in a retail CD-ROM jewel case format.
This series included the following games, all of which were previously distributed by FormGen:
- Alien Carnage
- Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
- Blake Stone: Planet Strike!
- Duke Nukem II
- Hocus Pocus
- Mystic Towers
- Raptor: Call of the Shadows
In addition to the registered games, WizardWorks also marketed a limited edition jewel case release of Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (the shareware version of the original ROTT), which featured "Over 8 levels of action PLUS 3 Bonus Comm-bat™ levels".
There are at least two known variants of the Apogee jewel case games released by WizardWorks: Ones that contain physical manuals, and ones that instead contain order forms.
Versions with manuals Edit
The front insert in this variant is a full game manual with multiple pages. The pages are in black and white, and are bound together with staples. The manual contains topics such as the game's story, items, and controls. The back cover of the manual lists the game's credits. Variants that contain manuals are known to exist for the following games: Alien Carnage, Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, Blake Stone: Planet Strike!, Duke Nukem II, Hocus Pocus, Mystic Towers, and Raptor: Call of the Shadows.
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold manual Edit
The WizardWorks manual for the original Blake Stone does not contain the illustrated comic book story. Despite this, credits for the comic's illustrations are still listed on the back of the manual. Pages 25 to 26 contain an order form for purchasing the Mission 4-6 Upgrade. This offer was intended for players who purchased Missions 1-3 only.
Planet Strike manual Edit
Pages 21 to 22 of the WizardWorks manual for Planet Strike! contain an order form for purchasing Aliens of Gold directly from Apogee Software. The instructions for ordering mention a "Registration card" which must be included when placing an order. Whether the WizardWorks release of Planet Strike! contained such a registration card is unknown.
Versions with order forms (no manual) Edit
The front insert in this variant is simply a single folded paper with a generic order form on the back, printed in black text on a white background. The inside of the folded insert contains installation instructions and a list of obscure shovelware titles that could be ordered from WizardWorks.
- Main article: FormGen#Gallery
- It is not always obvious from photos if a particular game is the version with a manual, or the version with an order form. This can be an issue for collectors who may want to purchase a specific physical version of the game online.
- The WizardWorks jewel case releases of registered Apogee games have a banner on the cover that reads "FULLY REGISTERED VERSION | Includes all of the exciting episodes!"