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The Avatar, the Earth-born hero of the magical realm of Britannia, has discovered a mysterious black moonstone there. He returns to our world and asks his friend, the natural museum curator Dr. Rafkin, to analyze it. A reporter named Jimmy Malone is eager to cover the story and joins the two. However, the experiments triggers a gigantic explosion, and the group is teleported to a seemingly otherwordly place known as the Valley of Eodon, where native tribes with Mesoamerican and African characteristics co-exist with Neanderthals, dinosaurs, as well as sentient reptile and insect species.

The Avatar befriends Aiela, the daughter of the chieftain of the Kurak tribe. However, she is soon abducted by her belligerent suitor from the tribe of Urali, who knocks the Avatar out. When he wakes up, he realizes that his friends are gone as well. Now the hero of Britannia must explore the new world, find his friends, rescue Aiela, and eventually help the locals sort out their differences, uniting them against a common threat.

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire is a side story in the Ultima series. It is made with the Ultima VI engine, and is very similar to that game visually and gameplay-wise. Like Ultima VI, the game is set in a seamless graphical world, and offers many objects to interact with and combine, party management, and turn-based combat. As in the other Ultima games, the player is free to roam the world and visit almost every location from the onset. Like Ultima VI, there is more emphasis on exploration, obtaining vital information through dialogue, and finding or creating a variety of items than on combat.

Some features have been slightly simplified compared to Ultima VI. There are less spells and only one companion who can use them with the help of special totems. Most characters start at relatively high levels and can only gain a few more during the course of the game. The Savage Empire is the first game in the series to use cutscenes during some of the key plot events.


Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire PC-98 Copy protection! Aarrrrrgh!..
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire DOS There are roads in this world, it's not all complete wilderness. Colorful flowers, beautiful birds are flying...
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire DOS Lava area. Displaying the Avatar's inventory. Take a look at the variety of items
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire DOS Title screen

Promo Images

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Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire Screenshot
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire Screenshot
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ウルティマ サベージエンパイア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Journey to the center of the earth - Ultima style DOS Pix (1234)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Dec, 1990 955 out of 1000 96
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1991 9.6 out of 12 80
Power Play DOS Feb, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Computist DOS 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Mar, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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The Three Stooges make an appearance in the game.


One thing about finishing this game is that all completing the quests do is gain you levels and tell you where to go to kill the end villain. In hind sight, if you were powerful enough you could just go straight there and kill her and complete the game.


The following is written by ORIGIN programmer Paul Meyer:
This was the game that started the "Thank you for Playing" tradition at Origin. Part of that came from Texas culture - it just seemed right to thank people for playing the game - but the actual moment of genesis has a story behind it.

If you remember the bad old world of DOS programming, you know that the OS was more or less incapable of stopping you from doing hokey things - or even bloody murder - at the machine level. Development environments of the day would try to help out. In particular, the environment used to program this game put a guard block at address zero in memory, so bad writes to null pointers would not damage anything and could be detected when the program exited.

At one point in the development of the game, there was a bug that was causing just such a write. When a couple of weeks of work failed to find the bug, and one night while a little punchy from lost sleep, Steve was inspired to hack the error message. Instead of saying "Null pointer write detected" as you exited the game, it would say "Thank you for playing."

Eventually the bug was actually found and fixed, but everybody decided that the message was so appropriate it should be there, so they added the message as normal code when the game exited. But whenever I see a "Thank you for playing " message, I remember that late-night half-mad hack, and grin.


Both this game and its sequel, Martian Dreams, feature a character named Dr. Spector. He is based on Warren Spector.

Special Edition

Available by pre-order from Origin only, there was also a Special Edition of this game that contained a T-shirt and the hint book, plus the box was autographed in gold ink by Lord British.

Information also contributed by Mark Ennis, mocagh, Timo Takalo, weregamer, and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe

Related Web Sites

  • Nuvie (If you have an original copy of "Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire", you can use Nuvie to run it on modern systems.)
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