Wizardry is a series of computer role-playing games that were popular in the 1980s. Originally made for the Apple II, they were later ported to other platforms. The latest game in the series, Wizardry 8, is available only on the PC.
Wizardry began as a simple dungeon crawl by Andrew Greenberg and Robert Woodhead of Sir-Tech. Original development of the game was done in Pascal.
David W. Bradley took over the series after the fourth installment, adding a new level of plot and complexity. Woodhead went on to found the North American anime import company Animeigo. The earliest installments of Wizardry were quite successful as they were the first graphically-rich incarnations of D&D type gameplay for home computers. The release of the first version coincided with the height of D&D's popularity in North America.
Ultimately the single game became a series:
- Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981)
- Knight of Diamonds (1982)
- Legacy of Llylgamyn (1983)
- The Return of Werdna (1986)
- Heart of the Maelstrom (1988)
- Bane of the Cosmic Forge (1990)
- Crusaders of the Dark Savant (1992) (Remade as Wizardry Gold in 1996)
- Wizardry 8 (2001)