press release

12. February 2011

GET WIZ-ICAL WITH THE KIDS!

Following huge success in the US, Wizard 101 has now arrived in the UK to capitivate the minds of budding wizards!

Wizard 101 is set in a magical Wizard City, where the wizarding world is looking for apprentices!  An award-winning concept – including mmorpg.com’s ‘Best Family Game’ – Wizard 101 is a family orientated MMO with an unlimited free trial period. Former teacher of death magic at the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts – Professor Malistaire Drake – is planning on creating chaos in the Spiral worlds and he must be stopped!  Players must help the headmaster and skilled wizard Merle Ambrose to defeat him.

Encouraging social activity and interaction between players in a safe environment, Wizard 101 is a great form of entertainment for families to enjoy together.  Easy and simple to use for would-be wizards of any age, players set up their character and find out which school of magic is right for them. With a total of seven schools of magic at Ravenwood, each focuses on a certain type of magic/spells, with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Once players are in a school they can cast spells and practice card combat to increase their strength.  All combat on Wizard 101 is based on collectable cards, where strategy and tactics all come into play – brilliant for teaching kids problem solving techniques.  The aim is to build the most powerful deck as possible to defeat the evil Malistaire and save Wizard City.

Wizard 101 works on a system of ‘crowns’ and there are lots of different options available.  Free players are able to access most of Wizard City and will also get a preview of one of the seven worlds, Grizzleheim as well as being able to practice Player vs Player combat and decorate a dorm room or Wizard City house.  Players buy crowns in order to gain access to new areas and take part in combat.  This can be done either on a ‘pay as you play’ basis so that new areas are accessed gradually – a great option to use game play as a reward for kids having completed homework for example – or players can become a member of the Wizard Club, which allows access to all worlds, all matches and all areas.

Parents have complete control over what their children get up to on Wizard 101, so it’s completely safe. Simply visit the parents section, log in and put settings in place to control who they talk to and where they can go on the site.  It’s also possible to control how many crowns they spend, so there’ll be no surprises when the bank statement comes through! Why not join your child on the site and explore the new worlds together?  Wizard 101 is not just for kids!

Notes to Editor

Wizard 101 is an online game suitable for children aged 7+.  The site is a MMO unlimited free trial trading card game, with further paid for packages and subscriptions available at differing price points. Check out www.wizard101.co.uk for more details.

About Gameforge  

Gameforge is Europe’s leading provider of free-to-play online games. Located in Karlsruhe, Germany, Gameforge currently offers 20 games in more than 50 languages and has 200 million registered users worldwide. The portfolio includes two types of games: client-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, among them Europe’s MMO Metin2, Gates of Andaron, and the European version of Wizard101; as well as premium browser-based games like the award-winning Ikariam, OGame and the upcoming Star Trek: Infinite Space. Gameforge currently employs more 450 staff member in its Karlsruhe headquarters. In 2010, Gameforge was awarded “TOP JOB Employer of the Year” and was titled one of the best employers of 2010 by the Great Place to Work® Institute of Germany.

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About Wizard101

About Gameforge

With more than 20 titles and over 450 million registered players, Gameforge is the leading provider of free-to-play massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) in the western hemisphere. Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, the group offers its online games in more than 75 countries. The portfolio encompasses numerous well-known game industry brands, including prized role-playing games Runes of Magic, AION Free-to-Play and TERA as well as Europe’s most successful MMO, Metin2. The action anime MMORPG SoulWorker adds to the wide-ranging collection, while popular browser-based games such as OGame and Ikariam complete their offering. More information available at http://corporate.gameforge.com/.

Title: Wizard101
Genre: Fantasy MMORPG
PEGI: 12
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: 2010
Developer: KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.

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