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Dungeon Master (Atari ST)

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Description

Dungeon Master is a role-playing game where the player selects four adventurers and descend into the depths of the dungeon. The gameplay is reminiscent of the 3D dungeon crawl type of role-playing games popularized by Wizardry and The Bard's Tale. However, unlike these games, Dungeon Master features real-time combat, which requires the player to click on the opponent in order to execute an attack. Another notable aspect of the game is its growth system: instead of gathering experience points and leveling up, characters improve by repeatedly using the same action. Spellcasting involves selecting and combining symbols, which can be arranged as rune sequences. The game also allows the player to directly interact with objects in the game world through a point-and-click interface.

Screenshots

Dungeon Master Atari ST Title screen
Dungeon Master Atari ST FTL title screen
Dungeon Master Atari ST Fighting a group of skeletons!
Dungeon Master Atari ST Combat!

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User Reviews

First 'free-form' job-type RPG I played eamonman (8) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Lost a summer playing this Shaun Scott (3) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1988 10 out of 10 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1988 949 out of 1000 95
ST Format May, 1991 95 out of 100 95
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 949 out of 1000 95
Power Play Feb 01, 1988 9.5 out of 10 95
Happy Computer Jan, 1988 92 out of 100 92
ST Action May, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Atari ST User May, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 01, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 87 out of 100 87

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Dungeon Master appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Apple IIgs version

The first port of Dungeon Master was for the Apple IIgs. This port was done while the original Atari ST version was in development.

DOS version

The DOS version contains some individual marks: it has an extra animation at the end of the game and plays music in the starting screen.

Speaker

In the United States FTL released an sound adapter along with Dungeon Master. It connected to the computer's joystick port and plugged into any speaker or amplifier to add digital sound to the Dungeon Master game. Built into the device was a 9-pin joystick adapter.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Role-Playing Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #16 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • October 1988 (Issue #52) - Special Artistic Achievement Award
    • November 1989 (Issue #65) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #49 on the "150 Best Games of All Time" list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #63 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1989 - Best Role Playing Game in 1988
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #34 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • August 1991 (Issue #8) – #2 Top Atari ST Classic Games (Editorial staff vote)
    • January 1993 (issue #42) – #4 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Macintrash, PCGamer77, Rantanplan, The Real DJ and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe.

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