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.
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Go to the coordinates 77S 28W in the forested area southwest of the city of Fawn.
There you will find a small house barring your entry with a locked door.
If use the cheat mode in the game to rid yourself of the door, you will arrive at a place that is called the "House of Wares".
Inside there will be a pirate with the equivalent of a computer and its peripherals (the monitor is called a "magic cube" and the keyboard is called a "rune board").
If you look at the computer a message will scroll across the screen about software pirating an afterwards one which says "Ultima VIII: Pagan... Coming Soon."
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Terok Nor (16793)
on Jan 09, 2000.