Wizards & Warriors was an amazing title growing up as a kid. It came out in 1987 and my first time
playing it was some time in 1988. The musical scores were very catchy and stuck in my head for hours. You can sample one here: Wizards and Warriors Forrest Level Audio.
I believe this game stood the test of time, I have loaded it up on an emulator recently and feel the same way I did about this tile as I did when I was seven years old. Each level has an exit that is guarded by a bad ass knight, and he has a price. Collect a specific number of gems through out the level you are in, and you can proceed to the next level. You earn gems by killing enemies, locating them out in the open world or n treasure chests which are locked and can only be opened by a color coated key.
The chests contain more than just gems, inside can be found valuable items to help you on your quest, such as Levitating boots, and throwing daggers to name a few. At the end of each level is a boss, guarding a damsel in distress. Use your skills and powers earned through out the game to help defeat the bosses.
I had a ritual of playing this game after dinner every night, or early in the morning before school until it was completed. It offered a sense of accomplishment that other titles in its genre failed to do. I would give this title a solid B plus. While I put many Action/Adventure games above this, Wizards and Warriors holds a special place in my heart.