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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 Two troll fight each other for a change.
The Immortal Atari ST That must be Dunric and the green one might be his killer
The Immortal Atari ST A message from your former master. But your name is not Dunric
The Immortal Genesis Looting a dead body

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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 (3135)
A game that almost ruined my childhood for gaming NES AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1991 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Zero DOS Dec, 1991 89 out of 100 89
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Retro Archives DOS Oct 29, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Raze Atari ST Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 76 out of 100 76
RPGFan Genesis Sep 05, 2001 72 out of 100 72
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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