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Description

Your old mentor Mordamir has disappeared - probably kidnapped. You're not too sure where he might be, but a dungeon is always a good place to look, so you seek out the nearest one and plunge into its depths. Beware: eight levels of traps and deadly enemies await.

The Immortal is an isometric game with puzzle-solving and action combat. Progress is made by encountering a hazard, dying, solving the problem, encountering the next hazard. To solve a level, you have to know its traps and their patterns by heart. The puzzles range from simple avoidance of traps to the correct use of items; you collect objects in an inventory. Every now and then, the game offers a special challenge. For example, you've got to ride a magic carpet through a hallway full of fire traps, or ride a barrel on an underground river.

The dungeon isn't empty: some friendly characters may have valuable information or trade items, the nasty sort of guys will attack. Combat is fought man-to-man on a special screen. Your adversary indicates his next attack a few seconds before he executes it, so you've got time to react appropriately. You can dodge to the left or the right, as well as attack from these two directions. There is no save option in the game, but you may restart each level as often as you like. Levels can be skipped by entering passwords.

Screenshots

The Immortal DOS A nice nap replenishes your life energy.
The Immortal NES Who do you think you're talking to?
The Immortal DOS The combat screen. Watch your opponents moves!
The Immortal Apple IIgs Let's hope the dragon isn't in the mood for barbecue.

Promo Images

The Immortal Magazine Advertisement
The Immortal Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Wizard of the Immortal" -- Japanese title
  • "ウイザード オブ イモータル" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

Don't Be Fooled By The Title You Are Not The Immortal! Genesis Classic Nigel (150)
Atmospheric. Chilling. Oh, and the death animations! DOS EboMike (3128)
A game that almost ruined my childhood for gaming NES AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

CU Amiga Amiga Nov, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Joystick (French) Genesis Dec, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jan, 1991 4.3 out of 5 86
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1993 85 out of 100 85
RPGFan NES Sep 05, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Retro Archives Amiga Oct 29, 2018 16 out of 20 80
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Questicle.net NES May, 2012 B- 67
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST May, 1991 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

Amiga version

The Amiga version was a relatively-early 1Mb-only game, but there were plans to release a separate 512K version, which was finally scrapped in mid-1991.

Console conversions

This game was ported to both the Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis console systems. The NES version featured slightly lengthier dialog, simplified graphics with smaller character sprites, and both the title screen and the spider level were removed (to save space, and possibly because the titular "Immortal" was deemed "too disturbing"). The Sega Genesis version is, to my knowledge, completely faithful to the original computer release.

Both console versions feature a larger soundtrack and some more tunes than the computer version.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #38 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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