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Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams

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Description

Following the events depicted in The Savage Empire, the Avatar and his friend Dr. Spector receive a book that contains the knowledge of time traveling. They are taken to the year 1893, witnessing Percival Lowell prepare a space cannon not unlike the one described in Jules Verne's works, with the intention of sending humans to Mars. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the cannon is fired during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, with several famous people of the time on board. The Avatar and his companions follow, only to be transferred into the mysterious and dangerous world of the Martian civilization.

The second entry in the Worlds of Ultima series is very similar to its predecessor visually and gameplay-wise. Like the first game, it utilizes the Ultima VI engine, and is a top-down role-playing game set in a seamless graphical environment and featuring turn-based party combat. Conversations with characters, interaction with the game world, and acquiring crucial items occupy a significant portion of the gameplay. Many supporting characters are famous real-world figures from the depicted time period, such as Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, Nikola Tesla, and others.

Screenshots

Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS Traveling through Martian landscape...
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS Character generation: Be prepared to be interviewed by famous psychologist Dr. Freud.
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS ...which turns on the lights. The power plant's working again, but...
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams DOS ...filling the canals with water...

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User Reviews

An Epic, Out Of This World Rpg Adventure! DOS sfdf (7)
Edutainment! GOOD edutainment! (did Sid Meier take part in this game?) DOS Don Lee (8)
One of my favorite games of all out of the Ultima series DOS OceansDaughter (106)
One of the best (and most overlooked) games in the ultima series DOS Pix (1162)
An imaginitive, fun, and highly underrated game. DOS Ben Sokal (15)
Some game-ideas are even above the unusual ones like Populous and (inspired ?) Alpha Centauri ! DOS Thomas Dahl (1)

The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Aug, 1991 928 out of 1000 93
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 91 out of 100 91
Games-X DOS Jul, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play DOS Sep, 1991 73 out of 100 73
PC-Spiele '92 DOS 1991 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Continuing the amusing habit from the first Worlds of Ultima episode, Savage Empire, Martian Dreams again contains several real-life persons and original Ultima characters. Faithful fans may recognize Origin designer Warren Spector as well as Ultima heroes Dupre, Shamino and Iolo (in slight disguise). Further cameos: the Shadowlords and Smith the Talking Horse. See screenshot section for graphic proof.

The game includes a plethora of real Victorian-era characters.

Related Web Sites

  • Crapshoot (A humorous review of the game)
  • Nuvie (If you have an original copy of "Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams", you can use Nuvie to run it on modern systems.)
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