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Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom is the fifth scenario in the Wizardry series of computer role-playing games. It was published in 1988 by Sir-tech Software, Inc. for the Commodore 64, Apple II and as a PC booter (using DOS). A port for the SNES and FM Towns was later developed and published by ASCII Entertainment in Japan. Wizardry V was released in the US for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System by Capcom in April 1994, and subsequently re-released for the Satellaview susbystem under then name BS Wizardry 5.


The game was reviewed in 1989 in Dragon #145 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 4 out of 5 stars.[1] Computer Gaming World noted the game's similarity to the first three games, saying, "Heart of the Maelstrom is, at once, both more simple than Return of Werdna and improved over the first three scenarios." However, the review also noted the game played slowly due to extensive disk access.[2]


  1. Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (May 1989). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (145): 44–53. 
  2. Owens, Dennis (Feb 1989). "Descent Into The Maelstrom". Computer Gaming World: pp. 36–37. 

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