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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 the main game map in the original versions; on a special screen in the console and PC ports. 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 Amiga Title screen
The Immortal DOS This is the inventory screen.
The Immortal Apple IIgs Fighting very early in the game, provided one can figure out how...

Promo Images

The Immortal Screenshot
The Immortal Magazine Advertisement
The Immortal Screenshot
The Immortal Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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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 (3156)
A form of dungeon crawler, but very good story and music DOS Andrew Fisher (707)
A game that almost ruined my childhood for gaming NES AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

The One for ST Games Atari ST Oct, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jan, 1991 4.3 out of 5 86
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Retro Archives Genesis Oct 29, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Raze Atari ST Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Retro Archives Apple IIgs Oct 29, 2018 16.5 out of 20 82
Raze Amiga Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1990 9.4 out of 12 78
Power Play Genesis Feb, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

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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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