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is an action game
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by Ambrosia Software
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for Mac OS
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. It was released in 1999.
Ferazel is a member of the Habnabit race, tunnel-dwelling creatures skilled in magic. Long have they dwelled in peace, but now they are under assault from a horde of goblins, and there are whispers of a far more foul foe leading the goblins.
The game concentrates more on thinking than fighting enemies — boss fights are often a matter of logically deducing a foe's weakness. Later levels emphasize trap-dodging, and all levels contain secret passages and hidden items. It's an RPG of sorts, but not in the traditional sense, in as much as the player fights arcade-style and gains power by finding magical crystals.
This game was never very popular but has a cult of fans; some created unauthorized sequels and expansions.
Ben Spees reportedly attempted a sequel without Ambrosia, but Ambrosia held the copyrights and barred development. He later began development on a successor, called Refazel
- Ferazel's Wand review at InsideMacGames
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