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Video Game / The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz is a side-scrolling platform game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It's based on the the 1939 movie of the same name. The game was developed by Manley & Associates and published by Seta.

The player first takes control of Dorothy as she treks through the land of Oz. Along the adventure other characters like the Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Lion will join her. Each of these characters have their own abilities and techniques. The player can switch between the characters by pressing the select button. Strategic switching between the characters to overcome challenges and obstacles is required in several spots in the game.

The game's structure is a linear adventure through several worlds in the land of Oz. Collecting bricks within the levels is required to build bridges between the regions in order to advance. Various enemies await Dorothy and her friends in the game, including the usual suspect, the Wicked Witch of the West, who will try to stop them.

The game provides examples of:

  • Actionized Adaptation: The game is more action-oriented than the film it is based on. Dorothy and crew can actually fight and defend themselves in this game.
  • Adaptational Badass: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, all actually fight in this game.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The bosses Dorothy fights in this game include a giant crow wearing a vest, an anthropomorphic steam engine, and a rat king, none of which were in the movie or books.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Chairs and chattery teeth are sentient in this game.
  • Backtracking: Ammunition (which comes in the form of gems or stars) is scarce in this game, as only a few stages in the game have it. You'll mostly have to go back to Shy Village to refill your ammo.
  • Bee Afraid: There are bee enemies that will try to sting you.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Mauve Castle, home of the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Bonus Stage: There are several mini-games to win a ticket. One of the mini-games features the unscramble the letters to make a phrase like You are not in Kansas anymore!
  • Crystal Landscape: Crimson Caves and Amethyst Mountains, where the platforms are made of giant gems.
  • Deadly Droplets: Navy Village features taps that leak water droplets that hurt the player. Meanwhile, becoming on contact with shallow water is safe.
  • Death Mountain: Gamboge Gorge.
  • Depth Perplexion: At one point, Dorothy is attacked by a mouse sitting on a fence in the background. You also need to jump on top of a large hourglass to progress, which looks like a background object, considering that half of it is behind a grandfather clock which you can walk in front of. Same goes to background mushrooms near the beginning of the game.
  • Downer Ending: You don't get a typical game over screen when you lose all of your lives. Instead you get the "The End" title card from the movie.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Forget the Wicked Witch and her minions, every living thing in the land of Oz is out to get you. And many non-living things as well such as hands of a clock.
  • Evil Overlooker: The game's cover art depicts the Wicked Witch of the West looking down at the protagonists.
  • Flame Spewer Obstacle: Chimneys spew out flames regularly.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Run out of health as Dorothy and she is trapped inside a bubble and floats off the screen.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: By far the worst glitch in this unplayable mess is the janky collision detection with platforms, resulting in you falling straight through them to either your death, or right back to the beginning of the stage.
  • Green Hill Zone: Shy Village, Maize Meadow, Saffron Fields, and Navy Village.
  • Jump Physics: All the characters besides Tin Man can jump. The Cowardly Lion can jump the highest.
  • Idle Animation: When not doing anything, Dorothy twirls her weapon.
  • Life Meter: You have a bar with eight hit points.
  • Logical Weakness: Touching fire as the Scarecrow kills him instantly.
  • The Lost Woods: Lemon Trees, Carnelian Forest, Scarlet Marsh, Zaffer Forest, Azure Hedges, Mallow Marsh, Lilac Forest, and Lavender Gardens.
  • Man Bites Man: Sets of chattering teeth enemies lie on the banks of Rouge River.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Tin Man can kick and use his axe, but walks slowly and is unable to jump or duck.
  • Multiple Life Bars: Each of the four characters has their own individual life bar, so if one character is low on health, you can switch to one that isn't.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game is infamous for this. For all the right (and wrong) reasons.
  • One-Hit Kill: If Scarecrow touches fire, he is killed instantly, even if he is at full health.
  • Password Save: This game uses a 24-letter password system.
  • Permadeath: If the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or Lion die, they're dead for the rest of the game. Though you can pick up lives for all three of them, they're pretty rare in comparison to Dorothy's.
  • Pipe Maze: Smalt Furnace, though you can't actually travel through the pipes.
  • Plot Coupon: Over the course of the game, you'll need to collect bricks and tickets. Bricks are used to build a bridge from one country to the next, and tickets are used to enter Emerald City at the end of the game.
  • Post-Defeat Explosion Chain: Bosses are defeated with multiple explosions.
  • Post-Final Level: After you defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, you still have to travel to Emerald City and find the two keys so you can meet the Wizard.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: This is a game based on a movie that came out decades prior. 54 years to be exact. Some liberties naturally had to be taken with this game.
  • Saw Blades of Death: Barnyard level has circular saws that are there to get Dorothy.
  • Secondary Adaptation: Based on the famous 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie, which was based on the book The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.
  • So Near, Yet So Far: You can actually see glimpses of the Emerald City in numerous locations in the game, and at the completion of every stage, but you actually have a very long way to go to get there.
  • Springs, Springs Everywhere: Green springboards propel Dorothy upwards.
  • Springy Spores: Sometimes it's mushrooms that act as springboards, such as those in Scarlet Marsh.
  • Stalactite Spite: Lemons wait for the player before deciding to drop.
  • Steam Vent Obstacle: Smalt furnace has broken pipes that vent out damaging steam.
  • Temporary Platform: Some platforms crumble when stood on.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Tin Man is unable to jump or duck and moves slowly, making him the least useful of the characters in most situations. However, his attacks deal more damage than the other characters, he is immune to steam and can be used to traverse it safely, and his axe is useful for attacking enemies that attack from above. He can be especially useful against the Witch if you are out of ammo.
  • Towering Flower: Poppy fields has giant poppy flowers.
  • Video-Game Lives: Each of the playable characters have their own set of lives to use. Each with their own indicator.
    • Dorothy: Hair Ribbon
    • Scarecrow: Graduation Cap
    • Tin Man: Heart
    • Lion: Medal
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: A variation. If the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or the Lion lose all of their health, they just lose a life and only being eliminated completely when they run out. Only when Dorothy dies is when an actual life is exhausted, and the game ends automatically when you lose her last life. Even if the other characters are fine.
  • Wicked Witch: The Wicked Witch of the West, who serves as the Final Boss of the game.