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An Ultima style RPG with an oriental flavor. The Deathlord and his army of demons are destroying the land and Emperor Nakamoto has called upon you and your party to fight back and defeat him. There are 8 races and 16 classes to choose from along with a handy translation guide that tells you a Genkai is really a Wizard and a Ryoshi is a specialized Fighter. The 84 spells also have Japanese names but their effects will be familiar to any fan of European style medieval adventures. In fact, Deathlord even includes a utility to import and Easternize your characters from Bard’s Tale, Ultima III, and Wizardry.

One other thing to note is that Deathlord is quite large. The quest itself takes place on over a dozen continents each with multiple cities and dungeons. According to the estimate on the package, it is designed to fill “a few hundred hours” of the player’s time.


Deathlord Commodore 64 Main options
Deathlord Apple II Visiting the Emperor
Deathlord Commodore 64 Inspecting a character
Deathlord Apple II Disk Menu

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 9.25 out of 12 77
Joystick (German) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 67 out of 100 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Apr, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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Reportedly, this game's interface and gameplay similarities to Ultima (and perhaps its thematic similarities to Origin's Moebius series) led to a rift between Origin and Electronic Arts, leading the former to leave EA's affiliate publisher program in 1987 and setting a confrontational tone between Richard Garriott and Trip Hawkins.

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