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Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness (DOS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A great start to a great series. Terry Callahan (67) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A grand start to a series that has entertained millions. jeff leyda (1582) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
A Confusing Journey Through Space and Time vedder (20147) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
This game creaks with age but is still fun enough for a couple of hours. Pix (1162) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Playing it 28 years after release - a wonderful experience. Bruce Wayne (3) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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90
Retrogaming.it
Il pubblico accolse calorosamente questo gioco di ruolo, apprezzandone molto la libertà concessa e le decine di ore di gioco disponibili nonostante i limiti di memoria di quei tempi, spronando il suo autore a dare continuità al solco da lui tracciato anche negli anni a venire.
80
GamesVault
Każdy szanujący się fan RPG’ów powinien chociaż na chwilę zapoznać się z pierwszą częścią jednej z najsławniejszych serii Role Play’ów w dziejach elektronicznej rozgrywki. Gra uruchomi się bez problemu na każdym systemie będącym w stanie obsługiwać emulator DOSBox. Nawet 28 lat po premierze można przyjemnie się bawić przy Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness.
44
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Aus heutiger Sicht wirkt das Spiel naturgemäß ein wenig mickrig, die Kämpfe bestehen aus einem simplen Schlagabtausch Mann gegen Ork, im Lande Sosaria läuft nur ein einzelner Held herum, und daß es letztlich bloß darum geht, den bösen Obermotz Mondain zu killen, ist nach neueren Ultima-Maßstäben geradezu lächerlich. Aber für damalige Verhältnisse war das Konzept so sensationell, daß die PC- ind C 64-Besitzer keine Ruhe gaben, bis das Game schließlich 1986 (in leicht aufgepeppter Form) vom Apple II auf ihre Computer umgesetzt wurde.
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