The Wizard of Oz on Facebook is polished like a pair of ruby slippers
Set in the events after whatever is going to happen in that new flick starring James Franco, The Wizard of Oz social game puts players into the ruby slippers of Dorothy Gale mere minutes after her house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East. From that moment, it's up to players to lead the Munchkins of Munchkinland as a newly free nation of sorts. Of course, that means there is plenty of rebuilding, resource gathering and redecorating to be done.
It's clever, how hey managed that tried-and-true play loop into The Wizard of Oz, but what's more impressive is the lengths that Spooky Cool Labs took to differentiate The Wizard of Oz on Facebook from the rest. Ultimately, it all boils down to polish. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most gorgeous, immersive city-building games on the network to date. While it couldn't hold a candle to what the current consoles has pulled off visually to date, The Wizard of Oz is a visual treat when stacked up against the competition.
Frankly, it's a feature that's been exclusive to traditional console and PC games for too long: We want to see more of this interactivity in Facebook games. (To date, we've only seen similar features in Tencent Boston's Robot Rising and Zynga's FarmVille 2.) The 3D also allows for more interesting, if very unlike The Wizard of Oz of 1939, diversions beyond the core loop.
Take Munchkin flinging, for instance (nope, this is not a bug). At any given point, players can click on a Munchkin citizen that is not currently assigned to work in a business or resource gathering building, lift it into the air by dragging and send it careening across the land by letting go. All city-building (and even farm-building) social games owe themselves to the god game genre, but The Wizard of Oz feels more like one than any to date on Facebook.
If there's one thing working against The Wizard of Oz, it's that, in its focus on delivering more polish and interactivity than the FarmVille and CityVille crowd has ever seen in such a game, it didn't exactly exude the charm and whimsy of The Wizard of Oz that you likely remember from the classic film. (Though throwing in scenes from the original film helps a smidge.) That said, with an adventure that follows Dorothy down the Yellow Brick to Oz and beyond stuffed beside a daily city-building hook in engrossing 3D, The Wizard of Oz on Facebook is must see when it launches soon.
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