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Alternate Reality: The City

DOS - 1988

Also available on: Amiga - Mac - Apple II - Commodore 64

Alt name
Alternate Reality: Part One - The City
Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG)
Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Turn-based
Datasoft, Inc.
Paradise Programming
Dosbox support
Fully supported on 0.60
4.53 / 5 - 15 votes

Description of Alternate Reality: The City

This is yet another Commodore 64 classic that failed to attract a following among PC crowd. An immensely detailed RPG (with various weather effects!) on an epic scale, Alternate Reality, like Might and Magic, integrate science and fantasy in its plot and gameplay.

A very nice-looking 3D RPG with almost an unlimited number of realistic choices (i.e. you can get a job, practice skills, etc.). I just wish I can control more than one character. Definitely one of the most replayable RPGs ever made, and a must-have for every RPG veteran. Thumbs up!

Note: Alternate Reality was designed and coded by Phillip Price, who has given approval for redistribution of this game. This was not a C64 game per se, but was coded directly for the Atari 800 series computers, then ported to other platforms such as C64 and IBM and Atari ST. Phillip used Atari's Display List Interrupt capability extensively, getting an unheard-of 256 colors onscreen in high-res mode. This color feature was undoubtably lost on the C64 and IBM. The best news to fans is that he's working hard on a remake of this classic :) [thanks to Scott for the info]

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Stealth 2016-10-19 0 point DOS version

Went thru some doors about 10 minutes into the game and I got an error... "You are at the Western Gate."

"Hit ESC key to cancel."
"Hit any other key to retry."

Searching on startpage gave me zero results.. I got a screenshot but no method to post it... Haven't tried esc yet but any other key don't fix it...

Dave 2016-07-28 0 point

I loved this game, I even drew a full size map on A3 graph paper for the entire city.

I wish someone would revamp it into a modern version using a FPS engine along with the expansions (the Wilderness and the Arena), it was an awesome game.

Fishhawk 2015-05-06 0 point DOS version

Alternate Reality: The Dungeon was definitely better. I did love playing AR: The City though. I went through COUNTLESS characters.

Jeffman 2015-01-20 0 point Mac version

I played AR: The Dungeon. From what I remember about this one is that once you die, your character is deleted, lol. In Dungeon, you just lose a level. Thess games become insanely
difficult real quick.

Groo 2014-08-17 0 point DOS version

@ Matthew - The original version of this, on the Atari 800xl, came out in 1985. I'm not 100% sure which was first, but I saw this first. The Atari 800xl version is without a doubt the best version of it, too, but if I was going for Alternate Reality, I would get AR:The Dungeon, there's MUCH MUCH more to do.

Matthew 2014-07-01 0 point DOS version

Negative, the original Bard's Tale was 3 years earlier in 85.

JC 2013-06-26 1 point DOS version

Absolutely loved this game.. Always wished they'd made all the expansions they had planned...

Rollie 2011-11-20 0 point DOS version

Best (and probably only) 3-D game of its time!

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