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Dungeon Master

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
92
4.0
Apple IIgs
...
3.8
FM Towns
...
4.7
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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 Title screen
Dungeon Master FM Towns Main menu
Dungeon Master PC-98 ...scared, you extinguish the torch. The room fades into darkness...
Dungeon Master Atari ST Title screen

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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 (1097)
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
Quandary Amiga 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Power Play Atari ST Feb 01, 1988 9.5 out of 10 95
Pelit DOS May, 1995 94 out of 100 94
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1989 94 out of 100 94
Jeuxvideo.com Amiga Oct 01, 2011 18 out of 20 90
GameTrip.net DOS Jul 24, 2006 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1992 71 out of 100 71
GamePro (US) SNES Jul, 1993 3.5 out of 5 70
Power Play SNES Aug, 1992 69 out of 100 69

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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

  • 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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