Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness is the first official game
in the Ultima series, and is a successor to Richard Garriott's earlier game
Akalabeth: World of
Doom. Ultima 1 was originally released in 1981, but there was a PC remake in
1986 which this Guide is based on.
The setting is somewhat bizarre, featuring a mixture of medieval and futuristic
elements including space travel. Although this might put off people expecting a
serious plot, this game is in itself a glimpse into the history of Origin's successful
franchises in role-playing games (Ultima) as well as space simulation (Wing Commander).
And even in its simplicity, Ultima 1 provides a somewhat mature gameplay experience
involving an open world, character development, dozens of towns and castles, primitive
3D dungeons infested with monsters, and space combat.
You can read more about Ultima 1:
The realm of Sosaria is under attack by a horde of creatures unleashed by the evil
wizard Mondain. The kings of the various lands are divided and in their struggles
against each other are unable to drive off the forces of their common foe. Your role
is to perform services for these kings in order to find a way to destroy Mondain and
free the land from his tightening grip.
You can read the story
from the manual at the Ultima I Shrine on
the RPG Classics Shrines.
Entire sections dedicated to Ultima 1 can be found:
Plaid Dragon's hint files
In 1995, Plaid Dragon released three hint files for Ultima 1. Copies of these can now be found all over the web.
Other Walkthroughs and Hints
- U1WALK.TXT - walkthrough
- U1TECH.TXT - tech file - covers just about every aspect of the game, including character creation, user interface, geography, items, magic and transportation
- U1HINT.TXT - hint file - deals with general questions and answers about various parts of the game
Ultima 1 screenshots can be found: