RIZ-ZOAWD or that Wizard of the Oz RPG in Japan

By Spencer . August 8, 2008 . 10:04am

Dorothy doesn’t casually stroll on the yellow brick road. Monsters like giant mushrooms attack her. It looks like there is a Dragon Quest style combat system where you choose characters and attacks with the touch screen. The top screen shows the monsters and minimal battle animations. Outside of combat RIZ-ZOAWD has vibrant graphics. The 3D world has a storybook feel and lush environments. But what’s up with the faux trackball control. You need to rotate a green orb on the touch screen to make Dorothy walk and spin it by to make Dorothy run. It seems unnecessary since we’ve seen other games implement 3D movement like Super Mario 64 without repetitive screen scratching.




Images courtesy of D3 Publisher.

  • jeffx

    Game looks fantastic, but that orb thing makes me wanna puke. Reminds me of Tao’s Craptastic Adventure.

  • Aoshi00

    Looks amazing, the dreamy imagery reminds me of Eternal Sonata and Odin Sphere’s design. The orb trackball thing is indeed weird though, I hope it would hamper the control. Another RPG to look forward to.

  • seiya19

    Looks great indeed. As for the trackball orb… I think that if done properly, it could make the controls more fluid for a 3D game. We´ll see.

  • Nika

    wow, the game looks great. I don’t think I’d want to run so fast through a world like that as they do in the trailer. We’ll see how the orb thing works out, it might work, it might not.

  • I love the music (Composed by Hitoshi Sakamoto) and characters, The orb thing to control your character is interesting. The environments and 3d looks very good!

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