Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (DOS)    1992


Emulation: Dosbox


First First-person shooter with varying heights and texture-mapped floors and ceilings, sloped floors; first FPS with blood, first FPS where player can fly and swim, 2nd FPS with up and down look ability  (after Driller)

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

Gameplay video

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
picture from manual

1) Physics system allows, among other things, for items to bounce when thrown against surfaces.
2) "Tolkien's description of Moria struck me in particular, and it seemed like a fine setting for a game."
(Paul Neurath- creator)
3) Review- "ACE" , called Ultima Underworld  "the next true evolutionary step in the RPG genre", and noted that its simulation-style dungeon was "frighteningly realistic".
Computer Shopper enjoyed its storyline and characters, and believed that the game "makes you feel as if you've entered a virtual reality".

4) Supports  Roland MT-32 audio.

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