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The Immortal (Genesis)

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Description

Your old mentor Mordamir has disappeared - probably kidnapped. You're not too sure where he might be, but a dungeon is always a good place to look, so you seek out the nearest one and plunge into its depths. Beware: eight levels of traps and deadly enemies await.

The Immortal is an isometric game with puzzle-solving and action combat. Progress is made by encountering a hazard, dying, solving the problem, encountering the next hazard. To solve a level, you have to know its traps and their patterns by heart. The puzzles range from simple avoidance of traps to the correct use of items; you collect objects in an inventory. Every now and then, the game offers a special challenge. For example, you've got to ride a magic carpet through a hallway full of fire traps, or ride a barrel on an underground river.

The dungeon isn't empty: some friendly characters may have valuable information or trade items, the nasty sort of guys will attack. Combat is fought man-to-man on a special screen. Your adversary indicates his next attack a few seconds before he executes it, so you've got time to react appropriately. You can dodge to the left or the right, as well as attack from these two directions. There is no save option in the game, but you may restart each level as often as you like. Levels can be skipped by entering passwords.

Screenshots

The Immortal Genesis Inventory
The Immortal Genesis I just wanted to know what time it was...
The Immortal Genesis Take THIS!
The Immortal Genesis Starting the game

Alternate Titles

  • "Wizard of the Immortal" -- Japanese title
  • "ウイザード オブ イモータル" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

Don't Be Fooled By The Title You Are Not The Immortal! Classic Nigel (150) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Nov, 1991 5 out of 5 100
Mean Machines Nov, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 30, 2012 18 out of 20 90
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 89 out of 100 89
1UP! Jul 27, 2007 83 out of 100 83
Sega-16.com Jan 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Feb, 1992 78 out of 100 78
RPGFan Sep 05, 2001 72 out of 100 72
The Video Game Critic Apr 24, 2004 C 50

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Trivia

Console conversions

This game was ported to both the Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis console systems. The NES version featured slightly lengthier dialog, simplified graphics with smaller character sprites, and both the title screen and the spider level were removed (to save space, and possibly because the titular "Immortal" was deemed "too disturbing"). The Sega Genesis version is, to my knowledge, completely faithful to the original computer release.

Both console versions feature a larger soundtrack and some more tunes than the computer version.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #38 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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PCGamer77 (3028) added The Immortal (Genesis) on Jun 07, 2002
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3009), PCGamer77 (3028), -Chris (7365), Terok Nor (17840) and Garcia (4784)