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Description

Dungeon Master is a role-playing game where the player selects four adventurers and descend into the depths of the dungeon. The gameplay is reminiscent of the 3D dungeon crawl type of role-playing games popularized by Wizardry and The Bard's Tale. However, unlike these games, Dungeon Master features real-time combat, which requires the player to click on the opponent in order to execute an attack. Another notable aspect of the game is its growth system: instead of gathering experience points and leveling up, characters improve by repeatedly using the same action. Spellcasting involves selecting and combining symbols, which can be arranged as rune sequences. The game also allows the player to directly interact with objects in the game world through a point-and-click interface.

Screenshots

Dungeon Master Atari ST Picking a character in the Hall of Champions
Dungeon Master PC-98 Use the key on the key slot. Who could've thought
Dungeon Master Atari ST Dungeon entrance
Dungeon Master Atari ST Fighting a group of skeletons!

Alternate Titles

  • "Crystal Dragon" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Hiding behind the sofa at the age of 9. DOS J B (2)
The Grandfather of all Dungeon Crawls.. DOS Chris Martin (1094)
First 'free-form' job-type RPG I played Atari ST eamonman (8)
The reason I bought my memory expansion for the Amiga 500 in 1989 DOS Ungi (5)
The game that got me into the RPG realm DOS Ali Jakamy (8)
Lost a summer playing this Atari ST Shaun Scott (3)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST May, 1988 949 out of 1000 95
Power Play Atari ST Feb 01, 1988 9.5 out of 10 95
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1988 949 out of 1000 95
Pelit DOS May, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Atari ST User Atari ST May, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Oct 01, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Jeuxvideo.com Atari ST Oct 01, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Gambler DOS Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 88 out of 100 88
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 87 out of 100 87

Forums

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PC release date? 2 Terok Nor (22584)
Jun 16, 2015
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Jan 17, 2012

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Dungeon Master appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Apple IIgs version

The first port of Dungeon Master was for the Apple IIgs. This port was done while the original Atari ST version was in development.

DOS version

The DOS version contains some individual marks: it has an extra animation at the end of the game and plays music in the starting screen.

Speaker

In the United States FTL released an sound adapter along with Dungeon Master. It connected to the computer's joystick port and plugged into any speaker or amplifier to add digital sound to the Dungeon Master game. Built into the device was a 9-pin joystick adapter.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Role-Playing Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #16 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • October 1988 (Issue #52) - Special Artistic Achievement Award
    • November 1989 (Issue #65) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #49 on the "150 Best Games of All Time" list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #63 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1989 - Best Role Playing Game in 1988
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #34 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
    • August 1991 (Issue #25) – #2 Top Atari ST Classic Games (Editorial staff vote)
    • January 1993 (issue #42) – #4 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Macintrash, PCGamer77, Rantanplan, The Real DJ and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe.

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