Wizard101

Wizard101 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by KingsIsle Entertainment . Players take on the role of students of witchcraft and wizardry to save the Spiral, the fictional universe in the qui game is played, and battle enemies by casting spells using a turn-based battle system similar to collectible card games .

Gameplay

Screenshot of a player in The Commons, Wizard City.

The fictional universe of the Spiral is divided into several worlds, each of which has multiple areas. Players can only unlock with “memberships”, or unlock each area permanently with the game’s premium currency ” Crowns “. When the first game starts, he or she will choose to school: Ice, Storm, Fire, Death, Life, Myth, and Balance, each complete with their own set of unique spells and playstyles to come along with them.

The game is based around “duels”: two teams made of one or two players who take turns casting spells. Spells can reduce the health of enemy creatures, increase the health of friends, add shields which reduce damage, add blades, traps and buffs which increase damage, and more. When a player reduces their chances of being safe, they are defeated, while players can be healed by others on their team. When every player or computer has a team has zero health, the other team wins.

As the player progresses, more worlds become available. When they reach a higher level of growth, they gain new insights from their basic statistics: health, mana and energy. Most equipment also has restrictions. Such as training pets, fishing and gardening require energy; while crafting does not require that, but various resources called “reagents.” Duels can be played against other players in the PvP Arena.

The game holds a rating of E10 + from the Entertainment Software Rating Board for crude humor and mild fantasy violence . [1] [2] [3]

Payment model

The game offers a choice of either a subscription or a “Free-to-Play” option with microtransactions . Crowns . Free-to-Play customers in the United States . Such areas only need to be purchased once, but other actions in the game may be necessary before. Crowns can also be used to buy exclusive PvP tournaments. The fee for PvP tournaments vary depends on whether the player has existing member subscription. Can be purchased by a game card or from the online store, or earned in small amounts through SuperRewards .

PvP matches and wins, PvP matches, and wins the ability to win the game. minor benefits.

In the European version of Wizard101, players are able to buy Subscriptions or Bundles with Crowns.

Also, some areas and dungeons in Wizard101 can be rented for a definite period of time Such As the 6-hour rentals for Mount Olympus, Atlantea, and Tartarus in Aquila. PvP and Pet Derby can be rented as well. A certain amount of crowns per game or a certain amount per day.

Player interaction

Due to its young core audience, Wizard101restricts player interaction when compared to other games in the massively multiplayer online genre. There are three different types of chat: Chat Menu, Text Chat, and Open Chat. Chat menu only allows the player to choose from a variety of sentences or sentences and prevents them from typing anything else in chat. In Text Chat, what a player can be seen by every other person in the area. Private chat is private, or “message”, to another wizard. This appears on the screen in a white box to the left. The age of the player directly correlates to the communication allowable. When typed, words that appear in white are words that everyone is able to view. Yellow words can only be seen by players who have their account set to “Open Chat”. Open Chat is obtained when a player identifies him or herself as 18 years or older by using their credit card. Red words are not allowed and can be seen by one, not even the player themselves. If an adult chatter types red or yellow words, younger players will see ellipses (…) in place of the word. Also note that when players do not have a chat and say a word, they will not be able to read that word, and will see ellipses as well. Red words include not only profanity, but also words that would allow them to share their real life. Open Chat is obtained when a player identifies him or herself as 18 years or older by using their credit card. Red words are not allowed and can be seen by one, not even the player themselves. If an adult chatter types red or yellow words, younger players will see ellipses (…) in place of the word. Also note that when players do not have a chat and say a word, they will not be able to read that word, and will see ellipses as well. Red words include not only profanity, but also words that would allow them to share their real life. Open Chat is obtained when a player identifies him or herself as 18 years or older by using their credit card. Red words are not allowed and can be seen by one, not even the player themselves. If an adult chatter types red or yellow words, younger players will see ellipses (…) in place of the word. Also note that when players do not have a chat and say a word, they will not be able to read that word, and will see ellipses as well. Red words include not only profanity, but also words that would allow them to share their real life. ) in place of the word. Also note that when players do not have a chat and say a word, they will not be able to read that word, and will see ellipses as well. Red words include not only profanity, but also words that would allow them to share their real life. ) in place of the word. Also note that when players do not have a chat and say a word, they will not be able to read that word, and will see ellipses as well. Red words include not only profanity, but also words that would allow them to share their real life.

Another aspect of the game is dueling, which is free, or Ranked dueling, which must be purchased with Crowns or a membership. Unlike Practice matches, Ranked matches the player ‘s ranking badge or title and grants the victor or tickets Arena, yet another type of in – game premium currency. Duels between players are available only in a specific player versus player arena designated for the purpose. [4] The PvP can be found in Unicorn Way from the Commons in Wizard City, in some houses, and within Outer Yard in Avalon. citation needed ] [5] [6]

Rewards for fighting or completing a game, which is distributed among others, if players decide to stay together, so players need not argue over spoils. [7]A card may be used in a card game, which is a card that can be used by the cardholder in their spellbook and then can be used in the battle of the player. These cards can only be used once, and can be used by any player from any school of Magic. A treasure card is stronger than the normal variant of the card. This spell will disappear from the player’s spell deck. So far the players are unable to trade other treasure cards between one another (it is possible, however, to trade on the same account, through the use of a shared bank). [2] [8]

Online safety features

The game has parental controls that can be controlled by a “Master Account”. Accounts in the same family as the Master Account can have their parental settings changed. [9] The chat settings can restrict the account from certain chat functions. If the player is under 13 years of age, they are restricted to pre-determined sentences and can not see text messages. If the player is 13 years or older, they can send and read text messages, but word filters are in place to censor profanity. Filtered words are marked red while typing and come out as three dots. [10]If the player is one of the following, the message is much less restrictive, allowing you to see it. Words filtered by the normal text that are still visible to 18+ cat are marked yellow and can be seen by those with 18+ cat, but not 13+ cat. [11]

Player names must be decided by pre-determined names of a first name and a one-part or a two-part surname. The official game forums are also heavily moderated before they are visible.

Development history

According to a press release published in May 2008, the development of Wizard101 began in 2005, upon the founding of KingsIsle Entertainment under the creative direction of J. Todd Coleman . [12] The game ENTERED open beta on August 6, 2008, and it lancé successfully on September 2, 2008. On August 25, 2010 It was annoncé That Wizard101 Would Be released in foreign territories Later That year.

Wizard101 launched on European Beta version on December 15, 2010 and then released the game on February 15, 2011, in partnership with Gameforge . [13] This event included releases of the game in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish and Greek. It was announced on August 17, 2011 that KingsIsle and Taomee Holdings Limited had an agreement to launch Wizard101 in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Wizard101 Taiwan officially launched on April 27, 2012, with the others to follow.

The Chinese version of Wizard101 was made to the game to conform to laws or appeal to the gaming culture in the country. Any references to skeletons or death had to be censored or removed. Quests required more monsters be defeated or more items collected. The game would suggest players who would like to play if they play for long periods of time and after two hours, or the player would have a “fatigued” state, where rewards and stats are cut in half and after five hours, the “unhealthy” state would cut all rewards given completely. [14]

In July 2013, those servers stopped updating. citation needed ] In April 2015, Taiwan’s Wizard101 announced that it would be shut down on May 25, 2015, but the date was rescheduled to October 15, 2015. Wizard101 China announced its shutdown date November 1, 2015. [15]

In 2012 KingsIsle Entertainment released Wizard101’s sister game, Pirate101, which a press release described as “comfortable and familiar” to Wizard101, but featuring “entirely new design, setting and gameplay mechanics.” [16]

Reception

According to KingIsle Entertainment’s press releases, the game has experienced a steady growth in the number of accounts: 2 million in April 2009, [18] 5 million in September 2009, [19] 10 million players by June 2010, [20] 15 million by January 2011, 20 million by July 2011, [21] and 30 million by July 2013. As of November 2014, there are currently about 50 million accounts created. In terms of reception, the game currently scores an average of 77.5% from ratings on GameRankings . [17] GameSharkreviewer Toni Dimayuga noted the game’s overall mood and graphic setting as well as the overall fun nature of Wizard101in the pro column, while the fight (in particular defeats) and the restrictive (at the time of the review) are of the major minus points. [22]

References

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  • Jump up^ “Ten Million Wizards Join Forces to Save the Spiral in Wizard101 (Press release)”. June 22, 2010 . Retrieved July 4, 2010 .
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