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Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
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3.6
Commodore 64
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MSX
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4.4
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Description

Ultima I is a remake of the classic RPG Ultima from 1981. You must travel to another world and save the land Sosaria from the evil wizard Mondain. The game features tile based top-down overworld graphics and first person perspective pseudo-3D dungeons.

The original Ultima was re-programmed using assembly language, with updated graphics, minor changes in towns' and people's names, and some different puzzles.

Screenshots

Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness DOS The character sheet; gameplay-wise, little differentiates the fighter from the cleric.
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness PC-98 Title screen
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness MSX Game intro
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness PC-98 Character creation

Alternate Titles

  • "Ultima I: The Beginning..." -- floppy disk title

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User Reviews

A great start to a great series. DOS Terry Callahan (62)
A grand start to a series that has entertained millions. DOS jeff leyda (1568)
A Confusing Journey Through Space and Time DOS vedder (20103)
This game creaks with age but is still fun enough for a couple of hours. DOS Pix (1164)
Playing it 28 years after release - a wonderful experience. DOS Bruce Wayne (3)

The Press Says

Retrogaming.it DOS May 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamesVault DOS Jul 10, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 52 out of 100 52
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 45 out of 100 45
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 44 out of 100 44

Forums

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Health 2 Rwolf (6525)
Jan 28, 2013

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Ultima I appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Extras

Origin, like they did with many of the Ultima games, included a "trinket" in the box. In this case the trinket consisted of a small cloth bag with five metal coins.

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