& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar by Origin is
considered by many to be the best game in the Ultima
series. I can't really argue as this game was pretty
amazing in it's day. It's incredibly deep, with a huge
land to explore, tons of characters to interact with and
quests to fulfil.
is to become an avatar by achieving high enough points
in each of the various virtues. You achieve this by
doing good deeds and praying at the appropriate shrines.
Once achieved you can tackle the final dungeon and try
to solve the puzzles within. The game is played in
typical Ultima fashion on a 2D map for the world, towns
and battles and from a 3D perspective for the dungeons.
near perfect RPG set in a huge fantasy world that you
can get lost in for months. I really enjoyed playing
this one from start to finish. It's a C64 classic that
must be played.
Round and round...
"THOU HAST PROVEN
THYSELF". Speak English, mate!
An endless quest...
# Always and
This is a little
...and it's starting
to get a little annoying!
Ah - graphics!
Hmmm... is that
supposed to be Stonehenge?
Are we there yet?
FINALLY! The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Not bad at all. I'm a little gutted it's all over.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
At the end of the final dungeon you have to answer a few
questions. If you answer correctly, a diagram is formed
on the screen made up of circles and lines. A final
question is asked to which you must answer 'INFINITY',
that causes the screen to shake. A large infinity symbol
appears to replace the diagram on the screen. The border
flashes as the boundless wisdom of the codex is revealed
to the avatar. You have proven yourself to be truly good
in nature, although the quest is said to continue for a
lifetime. You are told to return to your world and
continue to live as an example to your people. Darkness
surrounds you as you feel intense vertigo. You open your
eyes to see the familiar circle of stones. A picture of
the stones is displayed on the screen. You wonder if all
the events actually happened until you realise you are
still holding the ankh. You walk away in the knowledge
that you can always return as you hold the secret to the
gates. A final message appears which reads 'CONGRATULATIONS!
THOU HAST COMPLETED ULTIMA IV: QUEST OF THE AVATAR IN
14516 TURNS! REPORT THY FEAT UNTO LORD BRITISH AT ORIGIN