This week’s Free Thursday will take us to Good Old Games (dot com!) where we will boggle at the following two titles being available for the low low price of FREE!
Beneath A Steel Sky (designed and illustrated by Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons) is a point and click adventure game (yay 90’s!) that is pretty much one of the swan songs of the genre before the danged first person shooters took over. It didn’t get half the attention it deserved.
Ultima 4 is also available. Holy cow! Ultima IV!!! If I recall correctly, this is the first game that didn’t let you pick your character from a list but instead gave you a personality test. A single-elimination tournament of 8 Virtues going head to head with each other… the virtue that won out was the one that was the bedrock of your character. I want to say that Spirituality was Rangers, Justice was Druids, Humility was Shepherds… anyway, the point of the game was *NOT* to kill everything. It was actually to become a good person. There were quests galore, dungeons to crawl, monsters to slay… but there were also beggars to whom you gave gold and shrines you visited in order to pray and meditate. There was nothing like this when this came out. I don’t know how playable it would be today but, at the time, it was as immersive as, oh, Grand Theft Auto III. Except you were supposed to be good.
Hey, they’re free. What could possibly go wrong?