Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Ultima on the Commodore 64

The Ultima series of CRPGs is remembered these days by gamers of a certain age. The first three games were good but not atypical role-playing games – swing some swords, steal some treasure, save some kingdom.

After this the games took a turn into more introspective territory, where the gaining of levels and treasure was more incidental to rather than the point of playing the game. In fact, many of your companions would react poorly to your breaking into houses to look for things to steal.

I played the fifth game on my trusty Commodore 64, 8-bit marvel that it was. While I wouldn’t want to go back to all that disk swapping today, the memories of the game have stayed with me. Exploring what seemed like a living realm, and trying to solve what seemed like impossible puzzles (spoiler: I didn’t get that far), was great fun and very different from other RPGs I was playing either before or since.

This video provides a good retrospective of the series as it appeared on the Commodore 64. While I played the sixth and seventh installments on a PC, this video provides some good details about the 8-bit versions of the games, and what drove the creative change in direction between the third and fourth games.

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This entry was posted on November 17, 2021 by in Computer Games and tagged , .
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