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Ultima IV game port released

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Oct 2003, 13:45:33 | Permalink | Printable

Classic hack and slash

Gaming As we'd like to keep fun, light hearted news to Friday afternoons, now would be a good time to write about Alan Buckley's latest port - Ultima IV for RISC OS. Alan's essentially ported xu4, which is a clone of the classic Ultima IV role playing game, and you can download a copy from the Unix Porting Project website.

If you're aware of Angband and its cousins, then you're probaly already downloading the game. In games like Ultima IV, you play the role of a character in a vast, detailed and usually fantasy game world. It's like digital Dungeons and Drgaons. You get to follow a grand plot worthy of Tolkien, complete quests, seek adventure, kill the bad guys, rescue the good guys (and inevitably the good girls), learn new skills and so on until you finish the game.

Ultima IV screenshot
Ah the peasants, so innocent and peaceful
Ultima IV screenshot
How about a gentle stroll in the woods?
Ultima IV screenshot
Hey, that Orc isn't the Wallet Inspector!
Ultima IV screenshot
Lots and lots of places to explore

The graphics do look a little dated but that's probably because the developers wanted to preserve the classic look, we guess. We're also informed that SDL wizard Alan's now set his sights on X11 based games and also the ChoX11 library.

Happy adventuring.


Ultima IV port for RISC OS (also, optional in game MIDI music samples in a 10MB zipfile)

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What are Xl1 games?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/10/03 2:45PM
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Game's fun and atmospheric btw.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/10/03 2:46PM
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X11 Games are those that run under X Windows. i.e. those that don't use SVGAlib or plain text mode - this probably accounts for > 90% of games you see on Linux, although this does include the ones which rely on SDL, such as the above.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 24/10/03 3:21PM
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Does anyone seriously write games for SVGAlib any more? I thought that GGI (for a while) and SDL had pretty much taken over that particular baton.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 27/10/03 9:30AM
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