User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

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This game should be taught in schools DOS אולג 小奥 (171461)
Ultima IV from the perspective of a kid back in 1985 Commodore 64 snuf (2915)
An all time classic. Still as playable as it ever was DOS Pix (1153)
A revolutionary game that has aged well DOS WWWWolf (422)
The best console adaptation of an Ultima game. NES Nancy "Infested" Kerrigan (39)
Morality in a video game? Are gamers ready for something like that? DOS Don Lee (8)
Best RPG plot there was, there is, and there ever will be (maybe). DOS Yeah Right (57)
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar DOS TheNightWalker (16)
One of the greatest CRPG's of all time. DOS cimerians (48)
THE role-playing game. If you haven't played this, you aren't an RPG-er. DOS Mirrorshades2k (273)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 24 4.1
Apple II 27 4.2
Atari 8-bit 17 4.2
Atari ST 22 4.1
Commodore 64 34 4.1
DOS 68 4.0
FM Towns 5 4.6
FM-7 2 4.5
iPad 1 5.0
iPhone 1 5.0
Macintosh 1 5.0
MSX 15 4.0
NES 21 4.2
PC-88 6 4.5
PC-98 6 4.5
Sharp X1 2 4.5
SEGA Master System 15 4.0
Sharp X68000 2 4.5
Windows 7 4.6
Combined MobyScore 276 4.2


The Press Says

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94
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The graphics are simple - an overhead view of a character representing your party - but the whole game world is surprisingly believable. The whole Ultima series is good, but V is the best yet. There's plenty to keep you playing for months and if you've never played an RPG before, you'd be doing yourself a favour by getting a copy of this: the game that could bring adventuring out of its ghetto.
93
SEGA Master SystemACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
There is so much depth to Ultima IV that it is difficult to get all of it across in short review. If you have never had the inclination to try one, then there has never been a better incentive. There are a lot of games in this style for consoles, particularly in Japan. The Ultima series are the originals and the best. This is good enough to last you right through the Summer holidays and into Winter as well, by which time, hopefully, Lord British's minions will have finished work on Ultima V.
90
SEGA Master SystemPlayer One
Vous aimez bien les jeux complexes et riches, et vous êtes un fan de Donjons et Dragons, n'hésitez pas, prenez votre plus belle épée et plongez dans le monde de Britania. Vous m'y trouverez sûrement.
89
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
The C64 version plays identically to the PC original, other than the annoying-frequent disc access. The graphic stills of the introduction and character-creation sequences use crude stipple shading, dreary colours and sloppy definition. Fortunately, ingame graphics are adequate although simple and lacking in colour. Sound effects are even worse than the PC's, but 128 owners have a range of fourteen mostly pleasant tunes to accompany play. These criticisms do not, however, affect the value of this huge and compelling computer RPG.
87
SEGA Master SystemJoystick (French)
A part cela, Ultima IV est un jeu très intéressant, bien que difficile d'approche pour les plus jeunes d'entre vous, il satisfera tout de même tous les dingues de jeu de réflexion, de stratégie et d'aventure. Une dernière chose, ne séchez plus vos cours d'anglais, ils vous seront des plus utiles pour achever cette grande aventure mystique.
86
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
The simple graphic presentation sticks to the usual Ultima look, but could have been greatly improved, given the Amiga's capabilities. Sound is a single background tune, which soon grates on the ear - again, too literal a conversion from the PC original. However, playability matters most, and Ultima IV has hours of this.
86
SEGA Master SystemComputer and Video Games (CVG)
I was expecting Ultima IV to be something of a let-down as a Sega title, but fortunately my fear have been well and truly quashed. Okay, the graphics and sound are a bit simplistic, but this doesn't distract from the strong story which grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go.
86
SEGA Master SystemPower Play
Darauf haben Besitzer eines Sega Master Systems lange warten müssen: Das Rollenspielepos "Ultima IV" hat seinen Weg über die herkömmlichen Heimcomputer endlich in den Modulschacht der beliebten Sega-Konsole gemacht.
85
Atari STST Format
Don't be put off by the 8-bit graphics, Ultima 4 is far closer to the true RPG style than anything else - valuable memory is used for gameplay rather than presentation. You need patience to get started, but once immersed you won't want to stop.
83
AmigaJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Wie gewohnt führt die Reise durch eine kräftig gewachsene Abenteuerwelt: Ultima IV hat ungefähr den sechzehnfachen Umfang des Vorgängers! Da ist viel Platz für aberwitzige Details: Fesselballons transportieren den angehenden Avatar zu abgelegenen Örtlichkeiten, Geisterstädte und Piratenschiffe sind direkt schon banale Alltäglichkeiten. Spätestens ab her hat sich Ultima zur Simulation einer mittelalterlichen Fantasywelt gemausert, deren Bewohner keine anonymen Sprites mehr sind.
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83
Atari STJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Wie gewohnt führt die Reise durch eine kräftig gewachsene Abenteuerwelt: Ultima IV hat ungefähr den sechzehnfachen Umfang des Vorgängers! Da ist viel Platz für aberwitzige Details: Fesselballons transportieren den angehenden Avatar zu abgelegenen Örtlichkeiten, Geisterstädte und Piratenschiffe sind direkt schon banale Alltäglichkeiten. Spätestens ab her hat sich Ultima zur Simulation einer mittelalterlichen Fantasywelt gemausert, deren Bewohner keine anonymen Sprites mehr sind.
(page 10-14)
83
Commodore 64Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Wie gewohnt führt die Reise durch eine kräftig gewachsene Abenteuerwelt: Ultima IV hat ungefähr den sechzehnfachen Umfang des Vorgängers! Da ist viel Platz für aberwitzige Details: Fesselballons transportieren den angehenden Avatar zu abgelegenen Örtlichkeiten, Geisterstädte und Piratenschiffe sind direkt schon banale Alltäglichkeiten. Spätestens ab her hat sich Ultima zur Simulation einer mittelalterlichen Fantasywelt gemausert, deren Bewohner keine anonymen Sprites mehr sind.
(page 10-14)
81
DOSJoker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Wie gewohnt führt die Reise durch eine kräftig gewachsene Abenteuerwelt: Ultima IV hat ungefähr den sechzehnfachen Umfang des Vorgängers! Da ist viel Platz für aberwitzige Details: Fesselballons transportieren den angehenden Avatar zu abgelegenen Örtlichkeiten, Geisterstädte und Piratenschiffe sind direkt schon banale Alltäglichkeiten. Spätestens ab her hat sich Ultima zur Simulation einer mittelalterlichen Fantasywelt gemausert, deren Bewohner keine anonymen Sprites mehr sind.
(page 10-14)
80
DOSPlné Hry
Ultima IV je samozřejmě velmi rozsáhlé dobrodružství, jehož dohrání zabere několik desítek hodin. Grafické zpracování není dnes ani v kontextu freeware scény nikterak výjimečné, ale co také čekat od hry, která spatřila původně světlo světa v roce 1986? Je vlastně až zázrak, že běhá i na moderních systémech poměrně bez větších Ultima IV problémů (jen na Windows XP je většinou potřeba nasadit speciální program jako DOS Box) – a kdo by se ohlížel na technické provedení, když má před sebou jednu z největších klasik herní historie? Snažit se na omezeném prostoru recenze tady na Plných hrách popsat herní obsah Ultimy IV: Quest of the Avatar, neřkuli celý fenomén této slavné ságy, by bylo zhola nemožné, a tak raději uzavřu stručně: kdo už s Ultimou tu čest měl, ať se dále nezdržuje čtením tohoto textu (zdržoval-li se vůbec) a vesele stahuje, protože podobná příležitost se dlouho nemusí opakovat.
80
SEGA Master SystemPixel-Heroes.de
Bei Ultima 4 handelt es sich ohne jeden Zweifel um lebendige Rollenspiel-Geschichte. Das Werk ist auch heute noch spielbar, jedoch sollte man jede Menge Zeit und Geduld mitbringen. Mir persönlich waren die Kämpfe am Ende, mit meiner vollzähligen Truppe, schon zu langatmig und zäh. Einige Rätsel sind ohne Tipps fast nur mit Glück zu schaffen. Trotzdem hatte ich viel Spaß, was vor allem an den ungewöhnlichen Schwerpunkten, der umfangreichen Welt und der tollen Steuerung lag.
80
Apple IITechtite
The is one of those classic game sequels that really packed a punch...and it was the 4th in the series! Even the box art was superior to most el-cheapo box art used today. Since this was made in the days when computer games came with freebies galore, U4 came with a free metal ankh, which was a symbol seen throughout the game itself; a cute added touch. There was also the typical artistic, cloth map of the world you could explore, as well as an elaborate manual. As for the game itself, this was the pivotal moment in the saga that put the hero of the game (ie, you) in the role of the Avatar; the symbol of everything good and virtuous in the world. If not the best in the series per se, it was still far ahead of the competition, in fantasy RPGs.
80
DOSPower Play
Wer mal was anderes als "The Bard‘s Tale" auf seinem PC spielen will, sollte mal zu diesem Programm greifen. Aber Vorsicht: Es kann süchtig machen!
80
DOSFreegame.cz
Ano, jedná se opravdu o čtvrtý díl legendární Ultimy, který je mezi fanoušky ceněn mimořádně vysoko. Sierra vyšla vstříc a skvělé dílko Quest of the Avatar uvolnila jako klasickou freewarovku. Tak neváhejte a ponořte se do rozlehlého světa plného dobrodružství!
80
NESHonestGamers
In Quest of the Avatar, the rewards are high if you can endure the early going. While it can become painfully boring to get your party assembled and master the virtues, once the dungeon crawling begins, this game picks up and becomes fun and memorable as you stop piddling around with beggers and blood donations and start scrambling through mazes battling powerful monsters for great rewards. As a friendly piece of advice, if you want to get the most out of this game, don't even look at its instruction book. That 80-page monstrosity serves as a mini-walkthrough, giving hints (and, at times, answers) to many of the greatest puzzles AND is packaged with a world map that also gives you floor layouts for all but the final dungeon. When it's so rewarding to solve a game's mysteries (and let's face it, becoming a holy icon for the common man to follow is pretty damn cool), it just seems kind of lame to spoil that experience by having your hand held for most of the trip.
75
NESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Avatar is a worthy sequel to Exodus, and Ultima fans should enjoy it the most. Another massive quest with tons of items to find and mysteries to solve. Not only is the quest bigger, but the graphics and sounds have improved greatly making Ultima 4 the best in NES RPGs.
74
NESNintendo Power Magazine
A fantasy quest like no other awaits you in Ultima: Quest of the Avatar, FCI's second NES installment of the famous role-playing game series. Quest of the Avatar comes closest to true role playing, in that every action by you character affects his destiny, including casual conversation with strangers. Prepare to enter one of the most detailed and challenging worlds in computer role playing, Britannia, as you begin the Quest of the Avatar!
56
Atari STST Action
As the documentation itself states, a large part of this game centres around the conversation with the other characters. Only by quizzing the other inhabitants can you gain enough knowledge to solve the game. Coming from a background of text adventures, I found this game very frustrating as the words recognised by the system are extremely limited. After the hundredth fighter tells you no more than that you need to keep a pure heart, you will be tempted to fit an axe through his helmet! The crude graphics used in this game did nothing to bring it to life for me, and while I accept that there are many hours of use to be found in this package for already committed fantasy fans, I suspect that it will attract few converts from adventure players.
55
SEGA Master SystemDefunct Games
However, I'm pretty sure there is a very deep, involving and even rewardig game somewhere hidden in Ultima IV: Quest for the Avatar. I just don't think there are many games who have the patience to get it out.