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Dungeon Master

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PC-98
...
4.2
FM Towns
...
4.5
SNES
69
3.0
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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 FM Towns You can move stuff around the way you like
Dungeon Master DOS Reading a scroll
Dungeon Master Amiga Title screen
Dungeon Master PC-98 This is how you open doors. Clever, huh?

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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 (1112)
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)

The Press Says

Quandary DOS Jan, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1988 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 98 out of 100 98
Amiga Computing Amiga Apr, 1989 97 out of 100 97
ST Format Atari ST May, 1991 95 out of 100 95
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1989 94 out of 100 94
Happy Computer Atari ST Jan, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Oct 01, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1993 72 out of 100 72
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1992 49 out of 100 49

Forums

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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

  • 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
    • August 1991 (Issue #8) – #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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Contributed to by Rola (6576), Terok Nor (17828), Chris Martin (1112) and Rantanplan (1713)