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Descent to Undermountain

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
40
2.6
Windows
...
1.6
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Description

In the city of Waterdeep, people are inexplicably disappearing. In this game, you are asked to descend into Undermountain to determine where they went. You'll explore an underground labyrinth in this Forgotten Realms (AD&D) game built with the Descent engine. Your goal is to find the eight pieces of an amulet used to control the legendary Flame Sword of Lolth. With the power of this sword, an infinite army will be at your command, and Waterdeep will be saved.

Screenshots

Descent to Undermountain DOS Name, portrait and alignment
Descent to Undermountain DOS Ingame (not the highres mode)
Descent to Undermountain DOS Instroduction from Blackstaff
Descent to Undermountain DOS Stats roll and distribution

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User Reviews

The game that inspired laziness in the game industry. DOS Spartan_234 (422)

The Press Says

Power Play DOS Feb, 1998 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Windows Feb, 1998 61 out of 100 61
GameStar (Germany) DOS Feb, 1998 56 out of 100 56
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Feb 12, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Pelit DOS Jun, 1998 50 out of 100 50
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1998 46 out of 100 46
GameSpot DOS Feb 06, 1998 3.7 out of 10 37
PC Action DOS Feb 18, 1998 27 out of 100 27
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb 04, 1998 20 out of 100 20
Computer Games Magazine DOS Mar 02, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Cover

The game box's cover features a painting, "Spellfire", by artist Clyde Caldwell, earlier used as the front cover to Ed Greenwood's 1988 novel of the same name... as well as the front cover to an earlier video game, Westwood's 1992 PC-Engine effort Order of the Griffon!

Development

Originally announced in 1995 (shortly after the release of the original Descent), Descent to Undermountain was supposed to be an RPG powered by the Descent engine and with a strong focus on multiplayer (namely, co-op play). In addition to the absence of the co-op play that was promised, Descent to Undermountain also turned out to be a buggy mess when it was released in Christmas of 1997. Although a patch released in early 1998 seemed to have alleviated some of the game's problems, far too many problems still remain in Descent to Undermountain as it stands today.

Shortly after the game's release, some programmers on the Descent to Undermountain team admitted on a Usenet forum that the game was released even though it was far from finished -- the usual excuse for the buggy, incomplete state of many other games. The reason for the game's premature release was because they wanted to meet the original deadlines for the game -- regardless of whether it was ready for release or not!

Graphics

Even though the Descent engine was one of the very first to be modified for 3d acceleration (in Descent II), Descent to Undermountain features no 3D support.

Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual and Spartan_234

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