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Unreal

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
81
3.4
Atari ST
...
3.2
DOS
...
3.9
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Description

Unreal is a magical world where you must save Princess Isolde, your true love, from the evil Polymorphic, the Master of Darkness. It is an action game made up of eight levels and contains a mixture of 2D and 3D graphics. The environment is also completely interactive - you can run up and down hills and slide through the snow but you have to be careful to not fall of the top of a cliff.

On each level you will be faced with puzzles and battles and you need to get the high score you pass to the next level. If your health reaches zero you will die and the game is over. Fortunately, your health is replenished at the end of each level.

Screenshots

Unreal Atari ST Most likely my intuition didn't work
Unreal DOS First level where you fly through an ice-age level.  In this phase, the game screen does not populate the entire screen. (VGA)
Unreal Amiga Playing the game with Sound FX requires 1 Mb of memory which was not standard in 1990.
Unreal Atari ST Platform level: fire can added to your sword at the fire place

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The Press Says

Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Sep, 1990 890 out of 1000 89
CU Amiga Amiga Aug, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1990 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Action Amiga Aug, 1990 82 out of 100 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1990 9.4 out of 12 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Amiga Sep, 1990 63 out of 100 63
ST Format Atari ST Apr, 1992 59 out of 100 59

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Trivia

Cover artwork

The cover artwork (a digital version of which also appears on the title screen) is a painting by Tim White called Lord of the Spiders. It was originally used as the cover for a 1979 edition of the novel of the same name by Michael Moorcock. It also appears in White's collection of artwork The Science Fiction and Fantasy World of Tim White .

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Action Game in 1990

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