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Video Game: Ultima II
"Traverse deep dark deadly dungeons
And tall terrifying towers
Travel throughout the galaxy
To the planets of our solar system
And conquer time itself to battle
Minax the Enchantress"

Ultima II. First released in 1982.

Minax, the apprentice and lover of Mondain, is a bit ticked off that some Stranger from another dimension killed her mentor. Utilizing time gates opened in the wake of Mondain's death, Minax travels back to The Time of Legends and builds a new army, which she uses to take over Earth. Once again, Lord British (who's escaped to Earth from Sosaria) summons The Stranger, who must travel throughout time and space to save the Solar System from Minax's evil. (Later games Retcon this, stating that the events of the game took place entirely in Sosaria, the world of the previous game.)

Ultima II is similar to its predecessor, though it takes the Schizo Tech element up to eleven. The gameplay world is vast and detailed, though much of it is only for decoration and not required to complete the game. It also started a tradition of including Feelies in the box, in this case a cloth map of the various time doors.


This game had examples of:

  • Avenging the Villain: Minax's motivation.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The fact that this game takes place on Earth is never mentioned in any of the later games; and they all speak of Minax conquering Sosaria/Britannia instead. Could be The Great Offscreen War, could be a Cosmic Retcon; but even the writers don't talk about it.
  • Cool Spaceship: No TIE Fighters this time; you have to search the Solar System for a Blessing from a Priest who lives on Planet X (you have to search the other planets to get the coordinates) that gives you permission to get the Ring that lets you survive the Deflector Shields in Minax's castle.
  • Crapsack World: 2112 A.D. The sole surviving city is a Soviet outpost, with everyone else nuked.
  • Dungeon: Now they have towers too. There's even less reason to go into different ones than in Ultima I. Pick a dungeon and farm it for rocket fuel and Level Grinding. They were possibly intended to be the only source of fuel, but in most versions (FM-Towns being the exception) it can also be dropped by monsters in the overworld
  • Guide Dang It:
    • Minax can only be defeated by one weapon in the game: the Quicksword. The game does not tell you this. In order to get the Quicksword, you need to bribe a random man in a prison cell. The game doesn't tell you this either.
    • In order to get past Minax's force fields, you need the Ring. To get the Ring; you have to travel to Planet X; get a message from a priest, and then bribe an old man under a sign that says "ATREE." And all he says is "I'm an old man". (There's a hint that he has it in the pub messages; but not that you have to go to Planet X). Also, while the game does tell you that you should find the Ring, it doesn't mention that it's for getting past force fields.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Minax means "threatening" in Latin.
  • Random Drop: Every monster can drop an insane variety of useful items. Keys which allow you to operate airplanes, blue tassles which allow you to captain ships, magic coins to stop time, tri-lithium for spaceship fuel... No, there's not a shop anywhere that sells any of these.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stealth Pun: Most of the jesters are located on Uranus...
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: One of the goals of the game is to find the "Quicksword Enilno"; which is the only weapon that can kill Minax.
  • Time Travel: via Time Portal, to different eras. Time of Legends, Pangea, 1423 B.C., 1990 A.D., and Aftermath 2112 A.D. Garriott was a big fan of the movie Time Bandits, and it was the inspiration for the Time Portals (Which in later games were the seed for Moongates).
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: 1990 A.D., which features Earth as a Cyber Punk setting with a nuclear apocalypse right around the edge.


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alternative title(s): Ultima II; Ultima II The Revenge Of The Enchantress; Ultima II Revenge Of The Enchantress
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