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Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle (DOS)

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Description

The events of the game take place eighteen months after those described in Ultima VII: The Black Gate. Batlin, the leader of the Fellowship has disappeared, as well as Iolo's wife Gwenno. A map is found that points to the Serpent Isle where the Guardian is still planning to destroy Britannia. Lord British sends the Avatar and his companions to this new land. Once there, the Avatar discovers that a great imbalance is upon the isle and it is up to him to fix it. To do so, he must learn the philosophies of the original inhabitants of this land, who worshipped giant serpents symbolizing the principles of Order, Chaos and Balance.

Serpent Isle uses virtually the same game engine as the first Ultima VII, with some slight modifications in inventory management and NPC portraits (which are now digitized images of actors). The story, however, is more linear and also more extensive. Unlike earlier Ultima games, many tasks have to be accomplished before the player is able to advance to a different area. There are also many scripted events that advance the plot, though the free-roaming is still retained to a large degree, with a vast amount of locations to visit, items to collect, and NPCs to interact with. Combat is handled similarly to the previous game, with a simple real-time point-and-click management of the Avatar's actions, while his/her party members are being controlled by the AI.

Screenshots

Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle DOS Oleg the Avatar proudly presents his stats to the empty streets of the Lost City
Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle DOS Our friend Iolo caught in prison
Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle DOS Block-boats are all the rage in Serpent Isle
Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle DOS A fox in the hen house...funny

Alternate Titles

  • "Ultima VII: Segunda Parte - Serpent Isle" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

Paving the path to the great RPG revival אולג 小奥 (171551) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
The single best RPG of the 90's. András Gregorik (65) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Doug, put away those matches! I'll take your box! -Chris (7357) unrated
Very similar to The Black Gate, without all the bugs OceansDaughter (106) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
not an Ultima anymore.... but a quite good game Emanuele Borinato (11) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
Less bugs, more straitjacket Colin Rowsell (45) unrated
Run away - far, far away. Better yet, set the box and it's disks on fire, then run away. Cyric (50) unrated

The Press Says

Tilt Dec, 1993 93 out of 100 93
PC Games (Germany) May, 1993 92 out of 100 92
PC Player (Germany) May, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Jun, 1993 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Review UK Jun, 1993 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

"Serpent Isle" has a very funny copy protection. If you give wrong answers to Thoxa and to Fedabiblio, all the characters in the game will talk nonsense every time you speak to them. You'll still be able to wander around the game world, but all the conversation will be amusingly absurd. Occasionally, the characters will also shout "Oink!" when you are not talking to them.

Related Web Sites

  • Denis Loubet's site (Denis Loubet's personal site, which features (among many Ultima-related things) the original version of the Serpent Isle intro.)
  • Exult (An open-source project to reverse-engineer Ultima VII and Ultima VII Part Two. Highly recommended for any fan of these games.)
  • Ganesh's Website - Planescape Torment, Ultima 7/8/UW1/UW2 & Jokes! (Walkthroughs, tips, hints, cheats, trainers, backgrounds, wallpapers, desktop themes, music, mp3s, midi, hand-picked *very* funny jokes and much MUCH more! ALSO: U7 in Win9x, humor, lots of downloads!)
  • Ultima 7 in Windows (An exerpt .. "Thanks to a new and quite brilliant utility, Black Gate and Serpent Isle can be run effortlessly in Windows 95 or 98, with virtually any kind of sound card. With the latest edition (U7.DPMI) it is also compatible with Windows 2000, and possibly even Linux.")
Terok Nor (19002) added Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle (DOS) on Jan 09, 2000