The Immortal

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Apple IIgs
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4.5
DOS
...
3.6
NES
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3.1
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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 DOS Getting aquainted to the spider queen.
The Immortal NES Title screen
The Immortal Amiga Casting a fireball spell on that unsuspecting Orc.
The Immortal Amiga When you take a nap you start dreaming.

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! Genesis Classic Nigel (150)
Atmospheric. Chilling. Oh, and the death animations! DOS EboMike (3009)
A game that almost ruined my childhood for gaming NES AaronGamer (42)

Critic Reviews

The One for ST Games Atari ST Oct, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jan, 1991 4.3 out of 5 86
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Raze Atari ST Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play DOS Dec, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 76 out of 100 76
The Video Game Critic Genesis Apr 24, 2004 C 50

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Trivia

Amiga version

The Amiga version was a relatively-early 1Mb-only game, but there were plans to release a separate 512K version, which was finally scrapped in mid-1991.

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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