The first of of six games by Ultimate Play The Game that are exclusive to C64
- The intrepid explorer Arthur Pendragon's first adventure is a sprawling arcade adventure, where much puzzle solving and object collecting is the order of the day, The rather obscure Ultimate instructions give a few clues on how Arthur finds himself in the predicament he is in.
- "Many millions of years ago before man and his descendants, there lived a very different kind of creature. These creatures were known as Sarnathians, originating from a long dead planet and coming to Earth when their planet was on the verge of destruction.
- They were an evil race, feasting on the torture and destruction of other creatures opposed to their rule. Their aim was the domination of the Universe through the use of a powerful orb of light, the very embodiment of evil, which was created from an unknown material when their planet was destroyed. Over the thousands of years of their terrifying rule, the Orb became too powerful even for them and eventually caused a tear in the inter-dimensional fabric of the Realm of Reality and ... sent every living creature on the Earth into the alternate dimension of Unreality.
- Centuries later, the time of the Orb's most powerful state draws near and on Walpurgis Night (May Eve) at 12.00 midnight, this time will come. It is 6 o'clock on the very same day and your task, as Sir Arthur Pendragon, ace adventurer and researcher into ancient legends and sorcery, is to find the sixteen pieces of the pentagram, open the obelisk and destroy the Staff of Karnath before 12 o'clock.
- Your quest of The Staff of Karnath begins..."
Arthur Pendragon would return in three more adventures, Entombed, Blackwyche and Dragonskulle.
Ultimate were to hold a competition for this game, rather unusually for them, whoever was first to draw a map of the game, thus completing it, which was no easy task, would win a staff, this was achieved by two schoolboys, Lee Goldstone & Matthew Porter, their map was redrawn by Oliver Frey and published in ZZap magazine Issue 1, in May 1985.
There is a rather delightfully quaint warning at the end of the instructions, that the program could contain a few problems due to it's complexity, and should any arise, to let Ultimate know so they can be eradicated from future copies, so releasing of bug patches maybe is not such a new thing after all!!
||Ultimate Play The Game
||Dave and Bob Thomas
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