The controls for this cartridge take a little getting used to. There?s only one switch on the outside of the cartridge: On/Off. This is easy enough. However, all other choices are made from an on-screen menu system when you turn on your PlayStation. This would have been ideal, but the button configuration is unexpected. The button used in 99.9% of all PlayStation games to ?select? a choice is the X button. In the Game Wizard Pro
?s menus, the button used to select a choice is usually
the Circle button. In fact, the Game Wizard
?s menus use the X button to go back one selection... a function usually assigned to the Triangle button. This can lead to making an unintended selection several times, until you finally get used to it.
Using the on-screen menu takes some getting used to, as the button assignments are unusual. However, choosing a cheat code from the list of codes included inside the Game Wizard Pro is quite simple. You simply navigate through the list of cheat codes on screen in the built-in menu. (There are hundreds of codes installed on the Game Wizard Pro cartridge when you purchase it.) Entering your own codes or cheats into the Game Wizard Pro game enhancer is actually not much harder. You simply type in codes that you find in cheat code websites.
The curious thing is that the GameWizard Pro has a port in the back of it which looks like it would be possible to connect it to a PC -- possibly to utilize some extra features such as saving your saved games on a PC hard drive for archive purposes or for sharing with friends via e-mail or the internet... and possibly allowing you to grab screen shots directly from the PlayStation?s video memory. But this is not mentioned in the Game Wizard Pro?s manual. Perhaps they?ll release some PC program to utilize this feature at a later date. If you?re looking for a safe way to play import games and still spare your warranty, then Game Wizard Pro is for you. If you don?t need to play imported games, but you want to be able to input game cheats and grab screen shots and save your saved games to a PC, you may want to check out the Xploder from USA Blaze instead.