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Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams (DOS)

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Description

Following the events depicted in The Savage Empire, the Avatar and his friend Dr. Spector receive a book that contains the knowledge of time traveling. They are taken to the year 1893, witnessing Percival Lowell prepare a space cannon not unlike the one described in Jules Verne's works, with the intention of sending humans to Mars. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the cannon is fired during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, with several famous people of the time on board. The Avatar and his companions follow, only to be transferred into the mysterious and dangerous world of the Martian civilization.

The second entry in the Worlds of Ultima series is very similar to its predecessor visually and gameplay-wise. Like the first game, it utilizes the Ultima VI engine, and is a top-down role-playing game set in a seamless graphical environment and featuring turn-based party combat. Conversations with characters, interaction with the game world, and acquiring crucial items occupy a significant portion of the gameplay. Many supporting characters are famous real-world figures from the depicted time period, such as Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, Nikola Tesla, and others.

Screenshots

Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS Problem-solving on Mars: A short lecture. Lesson one: Restoring Power. Feeding coal to the ovens...
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS ...and shooting hostile alien critters.
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS ...Chsheket is covered with a layer of skin-colored rubber...
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS ...and the celebrities of the 19th century end up on Mars.

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User Reviews

An Epic, Out Of This World Rpg Adventure! sfdf (7) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Edutainment! GOOD edutainment! (did Sid Meier take part in this game?) Don Lee (8) unrated
One of my favorite games of all out of the Ultima series OceansDaughter (106) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
One of the best (and most overlooked) games in the ultima series Pix (1162) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
An imaginitive, fun, and highly underrated game. Ben Sokal (15) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Some game-ideas are even above the unusual ones like Populous and (inspired ?) Alpha Centauri ! Thomas Dahl (1) unrated

The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1991 928 out of 1000 93
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 91 out of 100 91
Games-X Jul, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Sep, 1991 73 out of 100 73
PC-Spiele '92 1991 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

The basic idea for the game, a Victorian SF game where you are shot to Mars in a giant cannon shell, and some other bits, like the inclusion of historical characters and the robot reminiscent of the one in "Metropolis", came from the game producer, Warren Spector.

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Old man gamer (302) added Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams (DOS) on Jun 14, 2000
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