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->"''I challenge you to name one other game where you can play a Transsexual Ewok Jester."''
--> '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]''': ''Ultima Retrospective''

''Ultima III'' is the first ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' that was published by Origin. First released in 1983, finally quests and dungeons' started fitting together better and with more explanation. The game style would later inspire games such as ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''.

The Stranger killed the {{Big Bad}}s of the previous two games, [[VideoGame/UltimaI Mondain]] and [[VideoGame/UltimaII Minax]]; but the waves and waves of monsters keep coming. They're organized; they're taking orders from someone or some ''thing''; but nobody knows what. A "remnant" left over from the times of Mondain and Minax has survived. Did they have a child? Did they have some kind of demon servant that was overlooked? Was something left from all of that SchizoTech from mucking around with TimeTravel? [[spoiler: [[CaptainObvious Yes.]]]]

In the midst of this, an Isle of Fire has arisen in the ocean. Some people have claimed that there is a castle in the middle, but the only way into the island is blocked by the Immortal Earth Serpent that ''can not be moved.''

This Evil has a name. One of the ships that got too close to the Isle of Fire was found drifting offshore with its crew missing and a word written in blood on the deck. [[TitleDrop Exodus.]]

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!!This game had examples of:

* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Inverted. The original American version uses top-down tile-based sprites with no animation and realistically-proportioned characters, while the Japan-developed NES port of this game and ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'' used super-deformed {{Animesque}} artwork - in fact, this went on to inspire ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''.
* BeneathTheEarth: The Underworld (referred to as Ambrosia) first appeared in this installment.
* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Magic Power and Will Power, respectively, which the different classes can use to various extents. Note that this is the only ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' game with this split.
* CardsOfPower: The cards [[spoiler:that defeat Exodus.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The cover of ''Ultima III'' showed this demon looking thing that is presumably Exodus. The truth was a bit more complicated.
** Although via RetCon later in ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'' it is revealed that it was Exodus too. Just a different part of it. The expansion of ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' went into even more detail.
* [[LockedInTheDungeon Dungeons]]: You actually ''have'' to enter most of them now; usually to get "Marks" which grant special abilities or get past a BrokenBridge.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou - In Exodus' lair, ''floor panels'' actually attack you.
** Also ''[[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2010/07/23/ultima-3-exodus-breaking-news/ the grass!]]''
* MoralDissonance: A minor case, but complaints about this inspired the next game's KarmaMeter.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Exodus'' certain sounds scary. Never mind it's just a fancy way of saying "to leave."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Exodus turns out to be [[spoiler: a computer that Mondain and Minax used to coordinate their power. Later games state that it's a demon/computer hybrid, and that the demon part "was elsewhere" when the Stranger crashed the server.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Regular resurrection spells do not work if the corpse has been reduced to ashes. The manual gives the explanation that this is because in such a case the soul immediately moves on to be reincarnated. However, a greater spell can restore life to ashes by ''tearing the life and soul away from the baby where it moved on to''.
* SchizoTech: Not nearly as oddly mixed as the first two games, but it is revealed that Exodus is [[spoiler: a computer.]]
* SequenceBreaking: The most powerful weapons and armor in the ''entire game'' are available as soon as you get a ship; and you know [[spoiler: that you have to special command: dig on the tiny islands just off the coast.]] They're free.
* SpoonyBard: Who found any reason to play as an alchemist or illusionist? Any?
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The "Exotic" Weapons and Armor are the only things that work in Exodus's Castle. But even they don't work against Exodus.
* TimeTravel: In a different way from the previous two games. You are not the one who does it, but rather the "Time Lord" (no, not [[Series/DoctorWho that one)]] gives you instructions on how to use the Cards which are revealed to be [[spoiler: Punch Cards]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can drum up some quick, easy cash by creating new characters for the party with the express intent of selling all of their equipment. ''[[ButWaitTheresMore But that's not all!]]'' There's a place in a town where you can donate blood (reduction of hit points) and you get payment for it! So before you delete those naked characters you can sell almost all of their blood for cash!
* WeaksauceWeakness: Villainous example: The [[TurnUndead Undead]] spell instantly kills the undead; and Dispel instantly kills orcs. (Both weaknesses no longer exist in later games, "Turn Undead" merely causes them to flee, and Orcs apparently stabilize.)
* AWinnerIsYou: "Report Thy Victory!"
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