Welcome, foolish mortal!
(Game collection photo by Captain Rufus.)
Strange coincidence. I started a similar retrospective for the Ultima series that will end tomorrow. I broke it up into one episode for each age.I'm really looking forward to seeing your take on the games.
Also, will you be including the side games, like the Worlds of Ultima, or the Underworlds?
Heh. I loved the Ultima games growing up. Never even touched this one.
Your shirt is awesome, and now I must find a site that sells them.
And here I thought you'd be killing an African American boxer to be knighted. Phew.
Very, very interesting stuff. Looking forward to the next part, especially because this is a series that I missed out on back in the day.
This was a good review for its length, but it was painfully, painfully short. I do hope there's another review on its heels to compensate.
Good work Spoony. It was about time someone remembered the Ultima serie :) (I was 4 when this came out… man I'm old)
That's some pretty good work for being written in BASIC. I was so proud of myself when I wrote a dice rolling program on a C64 back in the day.
Nice review! I'm definitely looking forward to more of these dungeon games.
this is made of pure awesome
Awesome review. I tried playing this one when it came with the collection, but I never could get into it. If I'm going to play a game that old I'd rather play Wizardry 1 or if I'm in a masochistic mood then I'll play Wizardry 4.
Speaking of Wizardry 4 I hope you review that one some day. That would be one hell of a review/rant.
Pretty crazy to see a game as old as this. By the way, nice touch with Knight Man's theme from Megaman 5 for the credits. :P
Killing a Balron to be a knight… Those damn knights must be around the level of DooM space marines.
The graphics could be worse: Scott Adam's “Adventure” games were just text and one word orders.
“You are in a large cave with an door to the north. What do you do?”HEAD NORTH“What is a head?”
And with this simple formula Adams was a gazillionare, all before the TRS-80 computers his games ran on had disk drives, color monitors, or sound.
This is a great idea. Foolish mortal.
Nice review never played this line of games myself.
Welcome back! Nice start of the retrospective. Those gremlins sure like to eat your food from your pocket.
I had a feeling some Ultima reviews were coming from the updated intro.
Call me disrespectful to the RPG heritage, but this looks like the very worst game I've ever seen in my entire life. I know its old, and they couldn't do any better, but how could somebody who grew up playing a Super Mario Bros like this game? And I didn't play Super Mario Bros on the NES – I played Super Mario Delux on the GBC. My first RPG was Pokemon.
Also this coming from a person who didn't like the original Zelda because of how simple everything was.
What was that music at the end from?
Spoony reviews Akalabeth. Never thought I'd see that happen.
Besides that, awesome review :D
Cool, I was always curious about the Ultima series
Nice overview. I was only 3 when it came out so I wasn't exposed to it originally. But I did grow up on the C64, so I remember a couple of the Ultimas, and TSR computer games that were released at the time even if I never was a big RPG guy. I did notice before Ziff closed the magazine, CGW/GFW did an article about Lord British, and touched on Akalbeth although they didn't post screens. They did show a picture of the original boxed copy which wasn't boxed at all.Lord British basically photocopied a manual, bundled it with a disc, and distributed it to his local software store IN A ZIPLOC BAG. Not kidding. Still it was nice you were able to find gameplay videos of it. It really does seem to have a lot of the elements of the 8-bit Ultimas in place though. I also liked the Mega Man music during the end credits. :)
What is the music from at the end of the review? Sounds like Megaman
How could people who grew up playing Mario like this game? Simple. This was released like 3 years before Mario.
Interesting seeing a game where you fight a Balrog, having played Lord of the Rings: Third Age recently which has you help Gandalf even though it makes no sense!
I love that musit at the end!
Mega Man 6, Knight Man's level! I always thought Mega Man 6 was the most underrated game of the series. Better than the original trilogy? No…not really. But I thought it was definitely the best out of the later games up until Mega Man 9.
Remember, I said I grew up playing the REMAKE of Super Mario Bros, not the original. I was negative six when Super Mario Bros came out. I was five when Super Mario 64 came out. When I was playing Sim City 2000 in my school's Apple computers, that game was already eight or nine years old.
What a very nice surprise. Ultima games has always interested me though I haven't played that many. My favorite is Exodus. Can't wait till you talk about that one, with the game being easier if you never level up, just buy higher stats.
Was anyone else facing withdrawal form not having a new episode, or was that just me XD.
Same here! Mega Man 6 is high up on my favorites in the original series. Although I find it a bit too easy compared to some of the others it still has a special place in my heart. It makes me super happy to hear Knight Man's theme in this vid! *Although Blizzard Man's theme is my most favorite in the game* Is spoony a fan of Mega Man as well? :oRamble mode: off.
I love the Ultima series…thanks Spoony!!!
I wonder what you would get if you actually alled back in the day… Anyone here that old? I'm rly curious!!! What was it like:
You: “Hey I just finished the game, killed a Balrog!!!!”Phone: “Congratulations that's great!!!”*click*You: “…… ok” -_-'
LORD BRITISH COMMANDS THEE!
Oh god, Ultima. I'm going to have nightmares of this series because I never finished any of them.Still.. I wonder why they wanted you to call the number after winning. Did you get something? A pat on the back? Shiny box of nothing?
Nice review Spoony. You've really inspired me to do what you do. My YouTube Page s JoonStudios.
Amazing. I knew that I had heard it somewhere before. I love all of the mega man games and I love their soundtracks just as much. I just could not place it, thank you, it was driving me nuts.
1:28: I count 6 colors. =) Was this the 4 bit era or the 2 bit era?
As much as it would be interesting to watch, it sounds really annoying to play and dull. I wonder if someone made a mod where Lord British tells you to kill random things like Ronald McDonald or your mother. That would would make the funny.
I'm always glad to see Doom properly marked.
Looks like the guy supposed to answer the phone ran out of food.
“California Pacific Computer, this is John, how may I help you?”
“Wrong number, dumbass!”
“Akalabeth”? Really? Lord British must have been loving him some Silmarillion. *Akallabeth* is the name of the chapter of Tolkien's The Silmarillion that deals with the downfall of Numenor. I don't think it has much to do with this game.
…not counting a cameo by a Balrog, apparently. Damn. Knighthoods don't come cheap in this kingdom.
I live not more than 5 miles from Richard Garriot's House… Do you think if I beat this game, I can go up to his AWESOME mansion and be like, “KNIGHT ME LORD BRITISH! FOR I HATH SLAIN THE BALROG! ?
Yes! actually YOU MUST Do it… and record it! =P I’d love to see his expression xD
Nice touch of adding in Knight Man's stage theme. It's fitting.
lol “oh there's the doom”
thanks for the classic styled review spoony, this beat most everything at E3.
An Ultima retrospective?! Tears of joy stream down my cheeks.
That was great. I too am looking forward to this Ultima retrospective. I only had played mainly the ones that were released for the NES, but it was always a game series I wish I had played more and was more determined to beat.
As far as calling up the company about your amazing feat, I think they would just mail you like a certificate saying you completed the game.
Sweet. Back to pure Spoony basics. Keep it up.
The Non-PC ports of the Ultima games were all pretty crap. IV for NES and SMS, and VI for SNES were okay, but the PC versions were the best by far.
Nice, I literally know nothing about Ultima so this is pretty interesting to see and gotta love the (awesome) Megaman VI music.
Love, how the skeleton is face palming, thinking to him self that people would actually call in a report the feat.
Back to the bases…Great!!
Anyone else played the two awesome Ultima remakes – Ultima 5 Lazarus (crazy good) & the Ultima 6 Project (just released, haven't finished it yet) ?
I played Lazarus but it was crazy glitchy and I never finished it. I like the idea of the added ending though. I just wish they found a way to incorporate sea travel.
Whoo – Ultima! Although I have to admit I never actually finished one.Cool T-shirt, by the way. Where did you get it?
I read the title and I thought you were doing something involving excerpts from The Silmarillion. I am somewhat disappointed that that wasn't the case, but all in all it was a fun video to watch. Nice special guest appearance by Bauglir's minion, though!
Great review as always Spoony.Can somebody tell me what is the music in the beginning of the video ? .It starts at the 00:49 mark. Looking forward to the reviews of modern Ultima games.
The ending song is Knight Man's Stage from Mega Man 6. That's not Ultima, :(
I was talking about the music that starts right after the intro when spoony talks about the past tech and such.
I was talking about the music that plays in the beginning of the video after the intro.
wow, early computer RPGs didn't fuck around, the Balrog? (sp?)
oh and VERY COOL B5 poster behind you :D
wow, early computer RPGs didn’t fuck around, the Balrog? (sp?)
I like the appropriate knight man music at the end. =D
Sounds like King’s Quest to me. Dunno which one though!
Maybe he just wanted you to take care of Street Fighter Balrog and you ended up killing a monster so strong he had to call you a lord?
Wow,Lord British doesn’t f*ck around,you wanna be a knight,you kill a goddamn balrog.
At least you got visuals; some of those old Apple II games were nothing but text, and no matter how you word it, you still can’t get ye flask.
Loved the MegaMan music at the end of the vid, too. XD
Question: has anyone actually called that number lately?
Thanks for putting this together. I have a vague memory of Ultima I or II, and now I think I finally found a way to figure out which of the games in the series I really want to play, given that I want some graphics with my retro habit.
I knew nothing about Ultima and this is my fourth play through of all your reviews in a row. So awesome. Thank you so much! :)
I felt totally the same way :)
I really enjoy this series, I like the indepth look at the game more than the crazy stuff from his FF series.
No! Don’t kill Gizmo!
Then leave and Begone!!!
I love Spoony’s Ultima retrospective. He still has to get the games for the PC that were actually considered really bad. I find Ultima VIII hilariously bad whereas Ultima IX was just kinda bad and disappointing too since the series ended there pretty much.
whos the redhead in the beginning of this video?
That’s Zelda Scott, the illest mofo to ever set foot in a Game Crazy store. Check out the video in TSE Riff Theater.
OH! DUDE!! ZELDA SCOTT! TOTALLY AWESOME!!Thanks for the reply.
rewatching the previous Ultimas while you get 8 finished up Spoony, still funny shit :D
I genuinely want to know what happened when people called that number. Did you get a personal thanks from Lord British himself? Did you get any cool shit? Sigh, I feel the world may never know…
The number is discontinued…
It says it’s not available
I figured it was by now, I meant what happened when people called that number when the game first came out.
You got a huge phone bill for nothing.
I actually called the number, it just doesn’t work anymore…
I always call a phone number when I see it like this; usually results in ~30 second call culminating in “The number you have dialed has been disconnected or no longer in service” lol. But I was wondering if I’d get something this time
That’s clearly from Megaman 6 the knightman stage. Nice pick
I wanna be the Warlock.
Hey spoon have you ever taken a shit so big you get paid by the pound.
90′s Kid: Dude! Doom is the most awesome game ever since…ever!!!
It’s got zombies, and imps throwin’ snot and GUUUNNNNSSS!!!!
So awesome! The phone gag was the funniest thing! Your one of the greatest things on the internet Spoony!
I’ve been following you for years and I love everything you do. Thanks for all the laughs, dude!
Kill a Gremlin…then Spoony shows a pic of a Mogwai…wrong creature.
Come on Mr/ Spoon, you could not find a pic of a Gremlin?
Gremlins are just a non-metamorphosed mogwai – they are still the same basic creature. Gremlin is the butterfly that the mogwai pupa is supposed to become, if I recall the movie right.
They are still 2 different creatures.
A caterpillar and a butterfly are 2 different creatures to.
But as I said, he could not find a pic of a Gremlin?
A quick google search and I found 1000′s
“Gremlin is the butterfly that the mogwai pupa is supposed to become, if I recall the movie right.”
No you don’t remember it right.
Mogwai are not “supposed” to become Gremlins at all, in fact a huge piece of the plot is avoiding a Mogwai becoming a Gremlin.
But why would a creature evolve a metamorphosis that they were never supposed to undergo and could only avoid undergoing by having another species (us) stop them from undergoing it? I understand it was important for humans to keep them in the mogwai state but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t what they were naturally supposed to become. As for butterfly and pupa, the two creatures actually share DNA, for the most part. They may look different but they are, technically, the same overall species. That said, I can see your point though.
I love how this argument got started over a Ultima review. Great review, btw… I love your retrospectives. =3
Spoony, you are easily the greatest person ever.
“This review would take forever to complete.”
Nearly two years later…
Not complaining though, your work is absolutely stellar and worth the wait every time.
Time for a Spoony marathon! :D
its on iphone, search for akalabeth
Rewatching it all, the review of Ultima was probably my favorite thing you have done, second being Phantasmagoria
Has it really been two years! In that time I kicked out my housemate,
moved in with my girlfriend, got married, become a teacher and had a child. Love all your reviews
Wow time flies!
God, I love Spoony, I just recently became a fan and it is SO awesome to see another gamer who is obsessed with the old games like I am [Stonekeep / HeXen > All]; I also think it is cool that it is very obvious to see how much Mystery Science Theater 3000 has influenced his commentary styl
Cortana: This is were it begins.
You think basic is primitive eh? Check out QB64, the 64 bit, unlimited memory, SDL library, 32 bit color, HD graphics version of ‘basic’.
He shows nothing of the overworld/overview or whatever the hell it is. >:O
And so the journey through Ultima begins once again, this never gets boring no matter how many times I rewatch this series. Thanks for being awesome Spoony.
Hey, Mr. Spoon.
Can you put the whole thing into one playlist, so we can just sit back and watch the whole damn epic journey.
The ending cracked me up. Man I love old as fuck games I never played.
I don’t know why, but the uncredited use of Mega Man music really irritates me.
Decided to go through the Ultima-te ride once again. XD It never gets old.
Can you imagine someone going to fight the classic Lord of the Rings Balrog, only to fight the giant lunch box from Cave Story? If they pulled a bait and switch like that, I’d be laughing so freaking hard!