Warlock (video game)


Packaging for the European Mega Drive version
Developer(s) Realtime Associates
Publisher(s) LJN (Super NES)
Acclaim Entertainment (Genesis)
Platform(s) Genesis, Super NES
Release date(s) Aug 15, 1995
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Warlock is a side-scrolling action video game based on the 1989 horror film series of the same title. It was released on Aug 15, 1995 through Acclaim Entertainment for the Genesis and Super NES platforms.[1]


Once every thousand years, the sun and the moon align together. When this happens, the Evil One sends his only son, the Warlock, to Earth to gather six ancient runestones. When assembled, the runestones give the possessor ultimate power to undo the Earth's creation. Using sorcery inherited from his ancestors, a modern druid must travel through time to prevent the Warlock from finding all of the runestones.


As a druid, the player is armed with seven different spells that will aid him in his battle against the Warlock. Up to 255 spells of a certain kind can be carried, although the status bar only shows up to nine.


Captain Squideo of GamePro gave the Genesis version a negative review, remarking that the game is highly derivative of other platform shooters, and that it suffers from delayed controls, overly small enemies, and a lack of variety in the gameplay.[2] A reviewer for Next Generation gave the Genesis version one out of five stars. He too found the game overly derivative, and commented that "Some of the backgrounds are well shaded, and the accompanying music is a touch on the eerie side, but all this game does is to prove that bad movies make horrible side-scrolling action games."[3]

The SNES version was better received. Upon its release The Post and Courier gave a positive review for the game, saying that the SNES version's graphics were better than those of the Genesis/Mega Drive port and that the game was overall good for novice and young players.[4] GamePro's Bro' Buzz gave the Super NES version a more mixed appraisal than Captain Squideo's Genesis version review. He also criticized the delayed controls, but praised the organ music and sound effects, and concluded "Warlock won't set your system on fire, but ... it's a good intermediate adventure with some truly challenging puzzles."[5] However, in 1999, Game Informer gave the SNES version 3.5 out of 10, saying, "While visually appealing at times, Warlock is repetitive and lacking in interesting enemies, and the only thing that challenges the player is the horrid play control of the character."[6]

In 2012, Complex included the game on its list of "The 10 Greatest Wizards in Video Games" due to the versatility of the druid player.[7]


  1. "Warlock (information)". IGN. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. "ProReview: Warlock". GamePro. IDG (69): 44. April 1995.
  3. "Warlock". Next Generation. Imagine Media (6): 112. June 1995.
  4. "Video Game of the Week". The Post and Courier. May 18, 1995. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. "ProReview: Warlock". GamePro. IDG (69): 63. April 1995.
  6. "Classic GI (Warlock; SNES)". Game Informer (75): 78. July 1999.
  7. "The 10 Greatest Wizards in Video Games". Complex. Retrieved 11 November 2013.

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