User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)
The game features lots of excerpts from the television program including the classic start which shows all the Thunderbird craft in a 5-4-3-2-1 countdown
The main menu. The greyed out options are unlocked by playing the game in story mode
There are four levels of difficulty, the default level is beginner
All missions start with a briefing. The player must receive messages from John who takes the initial message, Jeff who provides background, and Brains who has detailed information
Beginner difficulty setting. Mission one is guiding Lady Penelope and Parker through some simple mazes in a timed puzzle. There's a map in the lower left corner
Beginner difficulty setting. Mission one after guiding Lady Penelope and Parker to the lift the player must replicate this key sequence.
Beginner difficulty setting. Mission two is to take Thunderbird one to each waypoint, land, and get navigation codes.
Mission two. As the radar sweeps round it reveals coloured numbers. These must be entered into the coloured boxes.
Beginner difficulty setting. Mission two. When all numbers have been entered the player must compute the final figures. All three must be correct but there's no penalty for a mistake
Beginner difficulty setting. Mission three. Here the player must guide Thunderbird Two through the hoops to land on at London Airport
Beginner difficulty setting. Mission three. Landing Thunderbird Two is quite hard and the player can expect to see this quite often. No penalty for crashing though, just try again
The final Mastermind type puzzle is to open the vault. The object is to line up the sliders in the centre. Their position shows whether the players number is too high or too low
Completing the final puzzle releases the hapless bank manager from the vault
Some features are unlocked by completing the game on the Beginner difficulty setting, but not all
The Mission Select feature is are unlocked by completing the game on the Beginner difficulty setting, but not all games are available
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