User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)
Title screen (Floppy version)
Introductory history - The Ring! (Floppy version)
Introductory history - Where everything started (Floppy version)
Title screen (CD version)
Intro movie - The Shire (CD version)
Intro movie - Gandalf (CD version)
Intro movie - Frodo (CD version)
Tutorial - Final screen (CD version)
Combat screen - Frodo is attacked by a white wolf.
Forming your party
When talking, you can ask any question
Inside a hobbit's house
Exploring the Shire
This game has some of the most honest side quest givers in the history of RPGs!..
Automap (CD version). Incredibly helpful. I can't imagine playing the floppy version that lacks it
Story-advancing paragraphs (CD version). In the floppy version, these don't appear in game and have to be tracked down in the manual as copy protection
You are on a side quest to rescue lost children. It culminates in a battle against a fearsome spider
The game's world is vast. Even the Shire contains all sorts of interesting locations - here, you discover a strange tomb with a ghost, greeted by a moody description
A cutscene in the Shire showing the famous scary event from the book. By the way, it is optional - you can complete the game without ever triggering it
You finally leave the Shire and begin to explore the Old Forest. Use your skills wisely and you'll be able to complete such optional little quests - and skip huge and rather annoying areas!..
You can recruit a PONY. He can fight, too! Take this, you dirty... ehh... brigand!..
You gradually recruit many characters into your party. Hawkeye here has his own interesting background. I don't recall him from any Tolkien work...
You'd think this is Hawkeye again, right?.. Well, no. This is ARAGORN - in fact, this is the famous meeting in Bree. Come on, Interplay... this guy deserves a unique portrait!..
Luckily, this scene is dramatized by the inclusion of a movie clip. When did Aragorn have time to shave off his mustache?..
After a few rough meetings, we make it to Rivendell. Recruiting Legolas!..
Uh-oh, this is a tough choice... Would you go through it, Frodo?..
Some characters will teach you new abilities. Glorfindel here is ready to learn
The Council of Elrond! You can actually learn the Mellon word of power and go to Moria without having triggered this event... so it's up to you how closely you want to follow the plot
Talking to Lady Arwen! Come on, Aragorn, say something!..
Checking Boromir's equipment as we approach a lonely Gandalf staring at the mountain slope...
Exploring some caves - and fighting orcs!
A boss battle against a mysterious ghost in the icy region. Like most combat in the game, it is completely optional
A scene showing Legolas and Gimli talking. This movie clip is actually quite long
Fighting tentacles in a famous scene near the entrance to Moria. Gandalf here is ready to cast some nifty spells
Exploring the huge dungeon of Moria. Crossing a lava river
Uh-oh, that's it... you die in battle...
...and the game is over
Things have happened - and you emerge in Lothian, or whatever Galadriel's country is called. My optional dwarf character is proudly displaying his attributes
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