Advertising Blurbs

1991-92 Origin Product Catalog:


    As in times past, you are called to the land of Britannia by a shimmering Moongate. Stepping through the gate, you arrive to witness the abduction of the baron’s young daughter from her bedroom. Before you can intercede, both daughter and abductor vanish as guards burst into the room. Judgment is passed on your apparent guilt, and you are thrown into the Stygian Abyss, the most dreaded dungeon in all of Britannia.

    Locked into a world of darkness, you must find a way to survive. With luck and courage you will learn to thrive in this perilous underworld. But survival is just the beginning of your adventure, for in these labyrinthine pits your destiny awaits.

  • The 3-D setting is the infamouse Stygian Abyss, a vast and richly detailed under world labyrinth excavated around a volcanic core, with twisting corridors, soaring chambers, gaping chasms, bubbling lava pools and much more.

  • The game system sets a new PC benchmark with a “virtual reality” presentation that features real-time action. Walk and turn smoothly down passageways, leap across chasms, even swoop magically through the air.

  • The graphics are detailed, imaginative and fully functional with boulders that roll down slopes, arrows that arc in flight, flasks of oil that smash against walls and burst into flames. Every object behaves as you would expect it to.

  • The plot is rich with intrigue, dark secrets, twisted storylines and memorable characters.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76508) on Oct 11, 2002.

Insert inside Black Gate game box:
    25 Miles of Terror ...
    The first continuous-movement 3D-dungeon, action fantasy!

    ULTIMA Underworld
    The Stygian Abyss

    ...marks a new vision for the distinctive ULTIMA series. View the world from a three-dimensional, first-person perspective, up close and personal. It’s an intense pulse-pounding experience that brings the fantastic world of ULTIMA to life in a blur of real-time motion.

  • Action as close as you can come to real-time “virtual reality” on a PC. Walk and turn smoothly down passageways, leap across chasms, even swoop magically through the air.

  • Boulders that roll down slopes, arrows that arc in flight, flasks of oil that smash against walls and burst into flames. Every object behaves as you would expect it to.

  • A graphic interface that even novice gamers will find easy to learn.

  • An elegant auto-mapper that takes the drudgery out of mapping. You can scribe your own notes onto parchment maps on screen.

    A full orchestrated score and lush, 256-color graphics in a power-packed extravaganza for today’s 386SX+ computers!
    only $79.95

    Contributed by Jeanne (76508) on Oct 04, 2002.

1993 Origin Catalog:
    Ultima Underworld The Stygian Abyss

    The first continuous movement, 3D-dungeon, action fantasy marks a new vision for the distinctive Ultima series. View the world from a first-person perspective as you walk and turn smoothly down passageways, leap across chasms and swoop magically through the air in a blur of real-time motion. Features auto-mapping, 3-D modeled terrain and objects, and a full orchestral music score!

    Contributed by Zovni (10646) on May 04, 2001.

Advertisement in Computer Gaming World, June 1992:
    World acclaimed! Reviewers rave about pre-release ULTIMA® Underworld’!

    "Ultima Underworld is the premier dungeon game ever made, period. Excellent, without equal!" (Computer Game Review, U.S.)

    "If you've got a PC, then you've got to have Ultima Underworld... a masterpiece." (ACE, England)

    "The scrolling, graphics, sound... the whole experience is totally one of 'being there'." (PC Games Plus, Australia)

    "If the [released] game is equally realistic, you can rub your hands in anticipation... mark your calendar..." (ASM, Germany)

    "From now on, we'll talk about before-Underworld and after-Underworld... the greatest and the finest game of the year." (Tilt Magazine, France)

    Imagine what they'll say when they see the real thing!

    Contributed by Belboz (6576) on Apr 25, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    You are the Avatar, noblest of heroes. In your day, you have beheld many wonders and proved yourself master of many dungeons. But nothing in your experience prepared you for this - the terror-filled passages of Britannia's underworld.

    Many years have passed since your last visit to Britannia. Little did you expect that, when you returned, you would be accused of kidnapping Baron Almric's daughter, Arial - and then be thrown into the Great Stygian Abyss, without so much as a chance to prove your innocence. Only by surviving the dangers of the Abyss and finding the villain who abducted Arial can you restore your good name. But dark hints garnered from all corners of the Abyss reveal that this was no simple kidnapping. The fate of Britannia hangs in the balance as you battle the horrors that lurk at the heart of the Great Stygian Abyss.

    A True 3-D Environment! Move Smoothly and continuously through the first virtual reality dungeon. The first-person perspective of The Stygian Abyss puts you right in the thick of the action. Look down on objects at your feet, or up to see creatures hovering overhead. Every wall, precipice, object and character in The Stygian Abyss has been painstakingly modeled in 3-D space. You'll feel like you're actually in the dungeon!

    Unparalleled Dungeon Excitement! Explore nearly 25 miles of winding passages, gasping chasms and frigid underground rivers. This multi-level dungeon is full of puzzling traps and fearsome monsters. A sophisticated conversation system allows you to talk with dozens of characters who may assist or hinder you in your quest. You'll do more than kill monsters = The Stygian Abyss will challenge your virtues and your wits, as well as your fighting prowess.

    Thrilling Combat & Magic! Try a quick, relatively weak attack or take the time to put greater power behind your blow. See your weapon lash out and watch your foe stagger and fall. Each magic spell has a dramatic visual effect.

    Automapping! A sophisticated auto-map feature keeps track of your location. You can even write your own comments right on the map so you'll always remember where each important character or landmark is found.

    State of the Art Sound & Graphics! A full, orchestral score and lush, 256-color VGA graphics complete ORIGIN's latest multimedia experience. No words, no still images can prepare you for Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss! (Optional sound boards required for some features. See box label.)

    Contributed by Terok Nor (27143) on Jan 08, 2000.