The Immortal

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Critic Score User Score
Apple IIgs
...
4.5
DOS
...
...
Genesis
81
3.9
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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 Amiga ...but your name is not Dunric.
The Immortal NES There are some NPC's you can talk to
The Immortal Genesis Looting a dead body
The Immortal Amiga Found the entrance to the second level!

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

VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 93 out of 100 93
CU Amiga Amiga Nov, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1992 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1990 9 out of 12 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 65 out of 100 65
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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