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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.


The Immortal Amiga Title screen
The Immortal DOS Shooting a fireball at the nasty red drakes.
The Immortal Amiga An image of the old wizard Mordamir leaps from the candle and begins to speak.
The Immortal Genesis I just wanted to know what time it was...

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)
A form of dungeon crawler, but very good story and music DOS Andrew Fisher (691)
Atmospheric. Chilling. Oh, and the death animations! DOS EboMike (3123)
A game that almost ruined my childhood for gaming NES AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1991 5 out of 5 100
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Retro Archives DOS Oct 29, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1990 9 out of 12 75
Play Time DOS Nov, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST May, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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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.


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

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