Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cover to Cover: Origin Systems 1985 Catalog (pp. 8-11)

Our brief survey of the Origin Systems 1985 Catalog (really more of a promotional brochure) continues, with pages 8-11 covering two well-remembered games from Lord British/Richard Garriott's seminal Ultima series.  The Apple II was still the leading platform, as the Ultima universe expanded and the gameplay became more sophisticated, but the engine stayed 8-bit-friendly.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar was the series' largest game to date -- it's promoted here as filling both sides of two 5 1/4" floppy disks (so, like, 560 KB!)

And Ultima III: Exodus was still marketworthy after two years on sale.  And that cloth map... still a source of many warm memories for gamers of a certain age.

To be continued... tomorrow!

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