Wizards and Wagons is a mobile trading game with a dash of wizardry developed by Touch Dimensions. It is available on iOS through the Apple Store for $4.99. As of March 3rd, this game will also be available on Android via Google Play!
You are a hero that has saved the world from evil! The world loves you and celebrates your achievements but unfortunately, while your sword skills are second to none, your wealth management abilities are lacking. Falling into debt and having to sell your home, you must become a travelling merchant to raise enough money to buy back your home!
The game provides you with a small wagon to begin with and as you interact with local merchants to purchase their goods you must find a way to fit the item in your wagon. Each item takes up a certain space (think tetris) and some items that are worth more require wagons with bigger inventory space. While you’re on the road, monsters and enemies will attack your wagon in an attempt to destroy your livelihood. You must equip weapons in your wagon (this takes up space) and tap on the enemies to attack them (think Tap Titan).
I love it. The games take the best parts of various games and mashes them into one. Trading, tetris (sort of) and tapping games. It also makes it very easy for the player to see which town supplies what good and is demanding what via the world map. This is a fantastic use of the supply and demand theory and can even be used as an educational tool.
Having your wagon destroyed happened to me more than I care to admit but happily, the punishment is a mere fine. You even get to keep all your goods that was stored in the wagon! My only grip is that repair costs are pretty high and that most of my revenue in the beginning went to paying for repairs. As you unlock each town the enemies become stronger and it forces you to invest in new weapons and/or wagons.
The ‘quest’ system is simple enough. There are several types: explore (go to a new town), consignment (deliver an item), or battle (kill x number of enemies). On completion a generous reward is given. This quest system keeps things interesting and also provides a greater incentive to discover new towns rather than stick with the first couple of starter towns. As you gain more gold, you get the ability to buy “town perks”. These perks range from discount on certain items to automatic repairs on your wagon. The progression system in this game is fantastic.
The graphics of the game are well done. I found the monsters to be pretty cute. The dialogue in the game is also interesting to read since they usually tell you more information on what nearby towns are demanding. (e.g. Draven needs more lumber!)
This is a great game to play when you’re commuting or when you need to kill some time. I sat on my couch and ignored the PC for a good couple of hours.
- Type: Paid app ($4.99 on Apple Store)
- Difficulty: Medium
- Gameplay Score: 4/5
- Value: 4/5