For many of us Ultima IV may be the defining game in the Ultima series. It was that game that introduced the Virtues, gave us the ability to adventure with a party, introduced reagents, expanded the world we could explore and set the path all the other Ultimas would follow.

I distinctly remember playing this game, for hours, on both Apple and Commodore machines. To put it mildly, it was amazing! It was a bright and colorful full of animation, a huge area to explore, a slew of weapons, spells, runes, virtues, shrines, resting to heal your party and an almost endless series of creatures to battle against. There was no Internet, no multiplayer, no in-game purchases to make you powerful, you had to earn everything you got. And it was fantastic!

I mentioned before that Ultima was the game I wanted most to be ported over to the iPad. Well, the day is here. Using an emulator, the folks at Elite Systems have ported Ultima IV over and brought it to the smaller screen. If you recall, Ultima IV is actually a free download. Electronic Arts has made the game available for some time now and you can download it from Good Old Games (gog.com). But this is a portable version, you can take it anywhere and show off the classic Ultima goodness to your friends and co-workers.

I’ve just started the small download and can’t wait to give it a try. Considering the game is free with no in-app purchases or other ways to steal your gold, I can’t see a reason not to get this. Judging from the screen shots, it looks just the same as it did when it was new. Some say the graphics looks dated, I say they look just like they should!

Ultima IV – Quest of the Avatar

I had to include this picture simply because it brings back so many memories


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There is a lot of renewed interest in Ultima these days. We’ve seen a couple of recreations of the classic games and now we have a brand new version coming to iOS devices, especially the iPad. I’ve been longing for Ultima to make an appearance ever since I bought my first iPad three years ago. It seemed the perfect platform, but alas, neither Electronic Arts nor Lord British was able to make it happen. Until now.

The long wait is nearly over as Ultima Forever – Quest for the Avatar has been spotted in the Canadian App Store and hopefully that means a worldwide release is imminent.

Normally I shy away from “free” games especially from studios like EA and Gameloft. Their Freemium games come riddled with bugs, are light on content and heavy on asking for handouts in the form of real money to progress through the game. I’d rather buy the game and put an end to all this micro transaction business.

But this is Ultima and I’m willing to take a risk. There is an in-app purchase of keys for $1.99, but I don’t know how frequently you will need to go back to the well to replenish those. Buying two sets of those still makes this a $4 game, which sounds great to me.

The screenshots look very good and with a download size of nearly 1GB, it appears they put some time and effort into the visuals.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this release, just to try it out. I really hope EA has balanced the game play without getting manically greedy. Again, I’m more than willing to pay for the game instead of getting it for free and buying these keys.

Canada has their copy, the rest of us will just have to wait and see when we can get ours.

From Ultimate Forever – Quest for the Avatar

Set twenty-one years after the events of Ultima IV, the world of Britannia is slowly being engulfed by the Black Weep. It is a faceless plague that consumes the spiritual, instills fear in the valorous and corrupts the honorable. Lady British has called forth for heroes like you to help save the world before it is consumed by the endless dark. It’s up to you and your fellow players to help save the land. Delve into this expansive saga as you search for a cure to the Black Weep, and meet many of Britannia’s inhabitants along the way. Choices are a big part of the experience in Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, and decisions should be made wisely as they may have a later impact.

The faceless plague of The Black Weep is creeping across the world and corrupting its inhabitants. Britannia needs heroes like you to find a cure and stop the spread of the endless dark. Will you heed the call?
Form parties with up to 3 other heroes and venture into challenging dungeons. Slay your enemies and stop The Black Weep in fast-paced co-op action combat.
Delve into an epic saga as you fight terrible foes, meet the people of Britannia, and travel across a vast open world. Immerse yourself in hundreds of hours of heroic quests and dungeon exploration.
Great danger is not without its benefits. Discover rare items and treasures to enhance your equipment and abilities. Seek out epic gear to build the perfect hero.
As you quest, you’ll have to make tough decisions, so choose wisely – there could be consequences.
Ready to become the Avatar of Renown? Experience the definitive RPG now!
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Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar


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