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Ultima Trilogy: I ♦ II ♦ III

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DOS
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3.9
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4.5
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Description

This compilation contains: The FM Towns version has re-vamped graphics: overworld and towns look on par with Ultima IV, while the detail in the dungeon graphics is close to the level of the fifth game (as opposed to simple vector lines in the other versions). It also has CD-quality music and new intros for each one of the games.

Screenshots

Ultima Trilogy: I ♦ II ♦ III FM Towns U2: oh, the famous entertainer...
Ultima Trilogy: I ♦ II ♦ III FM Towns U1: oh wow, look, it's Lord British! :)
Ultima Trilogy: I ♦ II ♦ III FM Towns U1: battles occur on the world map. Here, two nasty wizards are trying to kill me
Ultima Trilogy: I ♦ II ♦ III FM Towns U2: what? You give me 50 gold pieces?! Why you little... mean stingy Lord British... :)

Alternate Titles

  • "Ultima 1+2+3" -- GOG.com release

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Three for the Price of One! DOS AstroNerdBoy (40)

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) DOS Aug, 1989 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Ultima II for DOS

After the separate release, this must be the only Ultima compilation that has a fully working version of Ultima II for DOS. Ultima II was ported to DOS in the days of version 1.0, which did not support subdirectories or disks larger than 160KB. Therefore, the map data for the various Earth time periods is stored on one disk (Player Master) and the data for the outer planets, which share the same file names, are on another disk Galactic Master). The third disk hosts the program executable and related files. By the time of this update, DOS could support 5.25" double density disks up to 360KB. So, Origin combined the Program Disk and Galactic Disk onto one Disk, which was not a problem as the files on each separate disk did not share the same names. The second disk contained only the Player Master files as before. Any fully working version of Ultima II must therefore come on at least two separate floppy disks, which the later CD compilations screwed up by copying all the files off all the disks onto the same directory. The Player Disk files overwrote the Galactic Disk files, turning most of the other planets into Earth clones. It took years for fans to rectify this by adding proper support by renaming the galactic disk files.

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