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Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness


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There is actually quite a lot I have to say about this game despite how it can be seen as quite simple nowadays. This was the second ''Ultima'' game I played, if I remember correctly, with ''Akalabeth'' being the first I played and finished. I had a fascination with old-school RPGs at the time, and I decided to give this one a shot, so I purchased and downloaded it from GOG.com, and started playing. Due to the older nature of the game, it took me a while to get into, but soon I started to have a lot of fun. It was a little simple to me, but I loved it and I still do to this day, even if the games after are far superior.

TigerBlazer, 28th September 2021 at 18:14

This game is a super enjoyable mix of fantasy and sci-fi that doesn't take itself too seriously. Still perfectly playable today and not too difficult or convoluted. A game well deserving of a re-vist & certainly of being played

MS-DOS Project, 16th May 2020 at 22:33

I liked stealing food over and over and over with guards who failed to catch me as they couldn't figure out their way around a corner.

Tony B, 13th March 2014 at 23:53

Ultima 1 is a major classic in the series. I Love It!

Raamo, 13th March 2014 at 23:52

I played Ultima I as part of the I-III box set after having played III, IV, and possibly V. Even so, I found it charming and certainly years ahead of its time. It neatly combined three gameplay modes: town, overworld, and 3D dungeons. Though it was the first in the series, it still contained revolutionary gameplay elements like being able to attack "friendlies" with appropriate consequences. Well done, Lord British.

Kevin Fishburne, 13th March 2014 at 16:22

A Classic!! My first Ultima experience was U3 Exodus back in the mid 80's and it was only recently thanks to GOG that I was able to revisit this great game. What makes these early titles so special to me is that Richard Garriot created them from start to finish. No publishers or programmers involved. Just Lord British himself. He created a genre that has grown in popularity to becoming one of the biggest in the gaming industry today. I really enjoyed taking a step back to the beginning of this beloved series with my stack of graph paper and pencil in hand and mapped my way into RPG history.

Tony Simmons , 12th March 2014 at 10:15