Ultima 3: Exodus
Swords, Sorcery, and Adventure...
FCI has captured the third installment of the Ultima series, Ultima Exodus, nearly perfectly. In the process of translating the title from the original computer to new Nintendo format, the programmers have simplified the play mechanics and interaction while preserving the integrity and complexity that made Ultima a gaming sensation. It also holds the distinction of being the first third-party cart that comes equipped with a battery memory backup (following Zelda and Link).
The story of Ultima Exodus revolves around Mondain the magician and Minex the witch, two villainous spirits who were vanquished in the first two Ultima quests. In the third adventure, Mondain and Minex have combined their terrible magic to create the ultimate evil, Exodus, in an attempt to plunge the land of Britannia into darkness.
You must lead a band of four adventurers into the heart island of fire where Exodus dwells. Each of the four heroes can be made from one of five different races (human, fuzzy, elf, dwarf, and hobbit) with one of eleven different professions (fighter, cleric, wizard, thief, paladin, barbarian, lark, illusionist, druid, alchemist, and ranger). Each character has certain abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, depending on what race and profession is chosen.
You must visit ten different cities that are each loaded with townspeople who can provide information (that's not always true!) and inns to purchase food, armor, weapons, and other surplus equipment that is necessary to complete your journey.
There are also seven dungeons filled with treasures to collect, monsters to battle, and traps to avoid, as well as the four marks that are needed to advance to higher levels. If you don't have the Mark of Fire, for example, you can't walk through the lava in the fire island.
Ultima is one of the few adventure/strategy games that push the Nintendo Entertainment System to the edge! The graphics and sounds may be limited (most of the principal characters are not very detailed), but the wealth of play options and elaborate obstacles more than make up for these minor shortcomings. For adventure enthusiasts, Ultima Exodus is the godsend that your Nintendo system has been waiting for.
...The game is a little difficult to get started, but once you have progressed through several experience levels, you'll be able to explore uncharted areas and become more involved with the adventure. There's plenty to see and do, and completing the quest is not the overnight pushover that some so-called strategy games turn out to be...
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Ever since the evil sorcerers Mondain and Minax were banished, the citizens of Britannia have enjoyed peace. But now - twenty years later - they're back. And out for revenge!
You handpick the team of four valiant warriors. Their Mission: restore peace to the kingdom. You choose their skills. You select their weapons. And then set out across treacherous terrain, battling fierce enemies and evil spells. It'll take all of your wits, all of your fighting skills...and maybe a little magic. Are you ready for a real role playing challenge?
- Ability to create your own characters
- 5 year lithium battery saves scores and game positions
- Three different games can be saved individually for future play
- Over 100 hours of game time
This just may be the most challenging, intricate Nintendo game ever! Your four mighty adventurers must explore the land of Britannia, collecting valuable clues and information from the towns folk while fighting - or avoiding - the dangerous monsters that roam the countryside. Your mission is to find the way to the dreaded castle of the evil Exodus.
Adapted from the hit computer game of the same name, Ultima is quite faithful to the original in most respects. You have a choice of five different character types and professions from which to draw your adventurers. There are ten different cities and eight dungeons (each with eight levels!) to search, along with citizens, guards, patrons, and monsters populating each one. A battery memory feature allows you to save your adventures easily for up to three years! Ultima is video role-playing at its best!
FIND THE MYSTIC SWORD
First get the silver pick from the Cave of Death on the 8th level. Take it to a small island on the north coast. Dig on the island to uncover the mystic sword. Now pass the pick around and have each member dig up the sword!
RAISE YOUR MAGIC
Defeat the pirates when your party reaches 5th level. Take their ship and sail it into the whirpool to travel to Ambrosia. Find the 4 shrines of Ambrosia (Int., Wis., Strgth., Dex.). Donate gold to raise your abilities and use 'Select' to activate higher
THE LOST CITY OF DAWN
Starting at Lord British's castle, walk 7 steps west and 35 steps south and Dawn will appear when both moons are black (hit 'B' button to make the moons change faster). Now, get the gold pick in the guild shop to dig up the mystic armor.
Published by All American Adventures and developed by ORIGIN Systems, Inc., this role-playing game was released in 1983.
Ultima 3: Exodus was the first game in the series to feature a group of adventurers instead of a single player. The towns are larger and detailed there, with many people. There is also a separate combat engine, where the adventurers fight numerous monsters in a turn-based tile-based system. After the evil wizard Mondain and his mistress Minax were defeated (in the previous two Ultimas), peace and harmony have returned to Sorsaria. But it all changed as the time passed, some geological disruptions and the revival of the monster masses have occurred. It appears now that Mondain and Minax had conceived a child named Exodus before they died. So now Exodus has become mature with the great power to revenge for his parents' death. Obviously, there will be the hero who will undertake the mission to stop vengeful and powerful Exodus.
No, it's not some kind of deadly virus that causes video gamers to age unnaturally! However, it does appear that older players have been attracted to the Nintendo, according to figures compiled by Fujisankei Communications International (FCI).
FCI introduced Ultima for the NES in February. Since that time, preliminary stats collected by the company indicate that an older audience is attracted to the computer-hit-turned-video-game. The average age of Ultima players is over 23. The Ultima phenomenon has attracted so much interest--a six-fold increase in calls for players wanting information and hints--that FCI had to double its hotline service and add Saturday phone coverage. The company is also working on the Ultima hint book, to be sold in most video-game stores.