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Dungeon Master (DOS)

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Written by  :  Ungi (5)
Written on  :  May 10, 2000
Platform  :  DOS

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Summary

The reason I bought my memory expansion for the Amiga 500 in 1989

The Good

This game was, at the time of it´s release, absolutely incredible. Awesome. Unbelievable. You haven´t seen something like that before! I saw the game at a friend, and i knew: I wanted to play this game at home, too. So I upgraded my Amiga with another 512KB memory (which was quite expensive at that time, at least for a 16 year old) - just to be able to play it. DM was one of the first Amiga games that required 1MB to run. When inserting the memory expansion, I ruined the 68000 CPU, so I had to open my Amiga the first time. Finally I replaced the CPU and was able to play DM. I played through it in about a month - and didn´t regret a second. I just LOVED the game. BTW, the PC version of it was done by Psygnosis and released as late as 1992. Still a good game, but at this time not the sensation it was back in 1989. Or, to be more exact, in 1988, when the first version was released for the Atari ST. For ST and Amiga followed with "Chaos Strikes Back", which was very hard - and therefore never solved by me. Dungeon Master 2: Legend of Skullkeep was released many years later in 1995 - but it was just an average rpg, only worth of notice cause there weren´t that many new rps in this year.

The Bad

Hm. The Amiga version had a very tough copy protection and didn´t support harddisks. This was not important in 1989, but it bothers me now. The PC version works fine from hd.

The Bottom Line

The game was the first 3D real-time role playing game, later followed by Eye of the Beholder or games like Captive, Knightmare, Xenomorph, Abandoned Places or Black Crypt. DM is, IMHO, better than all the games mentioned above! It was not only the game that created the genre, it was, and still is, one of the best games ever.