Abandonware DOS title

Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams

Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams is an abandoned science fiction RPG designed by Jeff George, developed by Origin Systems and released in 1991 for DOS. Martian Dreams uses the Ultima VI engine to depict Mars in a top down perspective.
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Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams review

Martian Dreams for DOS blends history, science fiction, and adventure into a single gaming experience. Developed by Origin Systems and released in 1991, this game takes players on a journey to Mars, but with a twist: the year is 1893. The game's storyline presents an alternate version of history, where the great minds of the 19th century, including Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and Sigmund Freud, are part of an expedition to Mars to rescue esteemed personalities like Mark Twain and Nellie Bly. 

One of the most impressive aspects of Martian Dreams is its attention to detail. The graphics, while limited by the capabilities of the DOS platform, are remarkably well-crafted. The vibrant colors and carefully designed environments bring the red planet to life, making exploration feel genuinely immersive. The hand-drawn artwork and intricate character portraits are a testament to the developers' dedication and craftsmanship.

Players can assemble a diverse team of historical figures, each with their unique skills and abilities, to solve puzzles, engage in combat, and make critical decisions that shape the outcome of the story. The turn-based combat system is intuitive, allowing for strategic battles against Martian creatures and hostile forces.

The world-building in Martian Dreams is exceptional. From the intricate Martian civilization to the historical accuracy of 19th-century Earth, every aspect of the game's setting is meticulously crafted. The attention to scientific and cultural details is commendable, enriching the player's experience and adding depth to the storyline.

If I had to mention any drawbacks, it would be the limitations of the DOS platform itself. The game's interface may feel clunky and unintuitive for modern gamers accustomed to more streamlined user experiences. However, considering the game's age and the technology available at the time, these shortcomings are forgivable and do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment.

Collector's corner:

The Martian Dreams box contained:

  • a paper map of Mars
  • a Time Travel booklet
  • a Mysteries of the Red Planet booklet
  • a reference guide
  • 3x 3.5" disks or 3x 3.5" disks

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Additional info about Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard, mouse
Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
Abandonware DOS views: 14111
Series: Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams is part of the Ultima series.


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