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Indie DrDungeon's Ultizurk and MADMAN Thread - MADMAN Released

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Infinitron, May 6, 2012.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    ULTIZURK

    An extremely obscure series of Ultima clones from the 90s, created by Robert "Dr. Dungeon" Deutsch

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    Judging by the name, they were also inspired by Zork. I remember playing these games back in the 90s. Thanks to Aeschylus for reminding me of their existence.​

    Surprisingly, more than a decade after the release of his last game, Dr. Dungeon is still around and has made contact with the Codex in this thread. Encouraged by our interest, he has officially rereleased most of his games, including the entire Ultizurk series. They are now available for download at the Ultima Codex. Old shareware versions of the games that haven't yet been rereleased are also available.

    THE GAMES:

    Officially rereleased:
    Ultizurk I: The Grandmaster's Quest
    Ultizurk II: The Shadow Master
    The Great Ultizurkian Underland v5.5
    Ultizurk III Part 1: The Guildmaster's Quest v1.3
    Ultizurk III Part 2: The Mobius Mind
    Wraith v3.1 (may need to be unlocked)

    Shareware:
    Morbius' Isthmus v1 (actually an alternate version of The Great Ultizurkian Underland)
    Madman v1 (can be unlocked)

    In development:
    Ultizurk IV: Lord of the Cyclops

    Newly released:
    Madman: Enhanced Edition (Steam Greenlight)
     
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    Yes, the third game seems to be the most easy to find.
     
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  4. Aeschylus Prestigious Gentleman Swindler Patron

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    No problem. :salute:
    They were a lot of fun. Apparently the creator is actually working on-and-off on a sequel at the moment.

    Here's another download link:
    Ultizurk III

    That is my personal favorite in the series.
    From my own little archive of DOS games, here's another one by the same author in a similar style:
    Wraith

    Sadly, Ultizurk 2 seems to have been lost to the memory hole.
     
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  5. MMXI Prestigious Gentleman Magister

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    Amazing. A rare cRPG series that I hadn't heard of. Cheers Infinitron.
     
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    A rather hilarious post from 2010 on the Spiderweb forums. This Dr. Dungeon guy was apparently off the radar for more than a decade. He's so Web 1.0!
     
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  7. Aeschylus Prestigious Gentleman Swindler Patron

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    What the heck, one more from my dosgames folder:
    Madman

    In the same style as Ultizurk 3.
     
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    Yeah, I found the link for that already, post updated.

    Only Ultizurk II is missing! Ultizurk IV seems to be vaporware. Mac-exclusive vaporware. o_O
     
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    Update: Ultizurk III apparently had two parts, only the first of which was publicly available shareware. The second part was called "The Mobius Mind". Like Ultizurk II, it doesn't appear to be available anywhere.
     
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  12. Aeschylus Prestigious Gentleman Swindler Patron

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    ^ It might be worth dropping the good Dr. a line to see if he'd update his webpage with copies of his impossible-to-acquire old games.
     
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    The FAQ for Ultizurk II in my link names it 'The Shadow Master'.

    Already done. Also invited the Good Doctor to attend this prestigious magazine with a link to this thread.
     
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    Shadow Master IS Ultizurk II. I'm talking about Ultizurk III Part 2 (like Ultima 7 which had two parts).
     
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    somehow i recognize the screens.

    maybe i have these games? gotta check the old pile of CD-R's and disk.
     
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  16. Morkar illiterate

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    Never heard of these games. It looks like some Ultima 7 light. Right about this?
    The screenshots from the fourth game are looking very promising!
     
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    "Basically done". Was it released or not?
    What if the greatest game in the world was released and nobody knew?

    http://web.me.com/drdungeon/Site/Blog/Blog.html

     
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    Here's an older website for Ultizurk IV, which seems to have disappeared around 2003-2004.

    Found it via an old reference to Ultizurk here on the Codex!
     
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    Intriguing. I had never heard of this before.
     
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    The description sounds really good. Damn...
     
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    how delightfully cleveian, hopefully he responds to the email

    looks like a good game to LP...
     
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    Ultizurk IV sounds really good, I'd love to play it. It sounds like it was more or less complete at the time of the Spiderweb forums posting, too, since he was looking for testers.

    I hope Dr. Dungeon blesses us with a visit or email about the game. It sounds great.
     
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    :salute:

    This is why I keep coming to RPG Codex. Also, that picture of the smiling moustache dude looks familiar for some reason.
     
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    So how is the actual gameplay, and especially the combat, in these games?
     
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    Blackadder, any response? He seems to have two emails, drdungeon@mac.com and drdungeon@me.com, plus an old AOL one, lotcyclops@aol.com

    Seeing as these games are inspired by Ultima and Zork, the combat is probably nothing special.
     
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