Wizball (C64)

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Platform: Commodore 64
Year: 1987
Developer: Sensible Software

Wizball is a very popular Commodore 64 game in which you control a wizard who has turned himself into a green bouncing ball. You must collect drops of color in order to paint the gray world. Sound strange? Yeah, it is. Thematically, it's a scrolling shooter, but it takes a bit to get used to. Bouncing around is very difficult at first, because you can only control the spin of the ball. However, as you kill off enemies and collect green orbs you'll be able to get power-ups that will make it easier to control your ball and fight your enemies. The controls are a little unusual, so you better read the manual if you want to enjoy the game.

The game has a solid foundation, however it becomes really repetitive as you progress. After about ten minutes of play you've pretty much seen everything the game has to offer, and you just continue the same steps over and over again for about an hour to get all of the colors to beat the game.


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The title screen.

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The main menu.

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The powerups you can get.

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Playing the first level.

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Fighting enemies in the bonus level.

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Filling up your cauldron with the colors you collected.


Wizball's music is well known in the Commodore 64 community. Martin Galway did an excellent job with this game. Some of tracks are fanfares, and a couple of them are pretty repetitive, but one of the best tunes to come out of the SID chip it the Title music. Ever heard an electric guitar solo on a chip from 1982? Well this is it. Martin Galway released some of his Wizball tracks on his album, Project: Galway which is where some of the titles come from. The other tracks are named after the parts in the game where they can be heard.

Interestingly enough, for loader the original Ocean Loader 1 made by Martin Galway himself was taken, despite using for two years already Ocean Loader 2 instead as the remixed form of the first one. Possibly, due to their close resemblanse, especially when talking about the beginning part, Galway just confused those tracks while implementing a music into the game.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Ocean Loader 1 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 3:31
02 Title Martin GalwayMartin Galway 3:37
03 Get Ready! Martin GalwayMartin Galway 0:05
04 Enemy Approaching Martin GalwayMartin Galway 0:05
05 Colour Completed Martin GalwayMartin Galway 0:02
06 Bonus Level 1 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 2:08
07 Bonus Level 2 Martin Galway, Jon HareMartin Galway 3:04
08 Emptying Colours Martin GalwayMartin Galway 0:39
09 Game Over Chris YatesMartin Galway 0:05
10 High Score Martin GalwayMartin Galway 2:20


(Source: Martin Galway took credit for the music on his self-released album, and he mentions the contribution by Jon Hare and Chris Yates in interviews cataloged by the HVSC.)


Project: Galway

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Game Rip






Ripping Commodore 64 music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

The recording was made using the SID Play 2 Winamp plugin.


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Title: Wizball
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Ocean Software, Ltd.
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Wizball - C64 - USA.jpg
Title: Wizball
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Ocean Software, Inc.