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Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness

This is the first of the very popular RPG saga Ultima. The setting is the land of Sosaria, the enemy to defeat is Mondain. It's a classic cRPG. The wilderness and cities are represented from a top down perspective, while dungeons can be explored in a first person 3d view.
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Since its 1980 release, the game has been completely re-coded and ported to many different platforms. The 1986 re-code of Ultima is the most commonly known and available version of the game.

The game also includes an arcade-like first-person space shooter section, an element that only appeared in Ultima and not the subsequent games in the series.

Development of the Ultima started when Garriott was attending the University of Texas, with the help of a friend, Ken W. Arnold.

The game was first planned to be called Ultimatum, but it was discovered that the name was already in use by a board game company, and so it was shortened to Ultima.

The California Pacific Computer Company published Ultima in 1980 for the Apple II only, and it sold over 30,000 copies. In 1982, Sierra Online re-released Ultima for the Atari 8-bit computers, and in 1986 Origin Systems completely re-coded and re-released the game.

The 1986 remake was re-coded entirely in assembly language, which significantly improved the graphics and speed of the game.

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