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Ultima I

DOS - 1987

Also released on: Apple II - Commodore 64 - MSX - PC-88 - PC-98

Alt names Ultima I: The Beginning..., Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness
Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Puzzle elements, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Space Flight, Turn-based
Publisher ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
Developer ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, 2D scrolling, Top-Down
4.26 / 5 - 46 votes

Description of Ultima I

Ultima I is a video game published in 1987 on DOS by ORIGIN Systems, Inc.. It's a role-playing (rpg) game, set in a fantasy, sci-fi / futuristic, turn-based, space flight and puzzle elements themes, and was also released on Apple II, Commodore 64, MSX, PC-88 and PC-98.

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Comments and reviews

Yarnath 2017-07-19 2 points

Lord British (Mr Garriot),
Thanks so much for the many years of fun and adventure- since 1981!
I'm now introducing my 7 year old son to Akalabeth and he's having a great and adventurous time,,,
Many thanks and may your royal goblet always flow to the brim with health, wealth and happiness.

petroglyphics 2017-06-25 0 point Apple II version

First computer game I ever played and completed. Lots of great memories and late nights trying to finish the challenges. Played while living at a friends house during a move. Ended up staying up late many nights and learning to "save" as I went. Glad it's still around. Thanks for keeping it alive.

HIPSHOT TOAD et al. 2016-12-12 1 point DOS version

Thank you so much administrators and contributors. Over the past six years, I have found your site to be helpful and problem free. Thank you also for your dedication to the classic 1980s and 1990s visual 2D screened software; Lord knows it was full of frustration and programming challenges. Those who were involved know what it was like. It is so refreshing to find quality preserved archives of library material. Your site deserves to receive recognition and reward.

If I may, the original programmers had to take screen ratio and area equations very seriously, and there was no WYSIWYG.

Thank you again,

Hipshot Toad, (c) 1982 USA

kood99 2016-12-12 0 point

Lord British... you are one weird dude. XD

Lord British 2016-11-23 12 points

"They" really got ideas... That game was made by one person... me! :)

MERKLEY 2015-07-19 0 point DOS version

Medieval stuff and then... space shuttles O.O they really got ideas back then!

The Evoker 2013-12-14 0 point DOS version

Even though Ultima is old and out dated its still fun to play when looking for something to do

Vryus 2012-07-10 0 point DOS version

I was only able to grab a copy of this game long after playing Ultima V. It is a fairly interesting little exercise. I will say, though, I had a good amount of fun running around the land devastating enemies after pulling the old 80s/90s trick of editing your character files.

The game had some surprising elements, I thought.

Dungy 2011-01-16 1 point DOS version

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Other Releases

Ultima I was also released on the following systems:

Apple II

Commodore 64




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