->"''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 ''VideoGame/{{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. The game mentions they had an "unholy union". 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? 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.]]

!!This game had examples of:

* AlternateWorldMap: Ambrosia, which is technically the underworld, is a smaller world map with palette swapped world map tiles and [[SlidingScaleOfVideoGameWorldSizeAndScale tiny buildings to enter]].
* 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 ''VideoGame/{{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.
* DiscOneNuke: 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.
* DungeonCrawling: 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, as does the ''[[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2010/07/23/ultima-3-exodus-breaking-news/ grass]]'' outside! In his interview with Spoony, Richard Garriott explains that this was because he had run out of space on the disk by this point, and realized that turning the floor and grass tiles into enemies actually made for a very difficult, strategically demanding battle worthy of the story's endgame.
* FissionMailed: Do ''not'' RageQuit when your boat gets sucked into the whirlpool and you get the GAME OVER text. [[spoiler: You survived and entered a new world.]]
** The fake Game Over was removed from the NES port, replaced with the screen simply going black for a moment and placing the party in Ambrosia.
* GameBreakingBug: The PC version has elements that run based on CPU speed instead of time (correctable with UsefulNotes/DOSBox). As such, the whirlpool will destroy pirates before they're visible to the player, and you need a ship in order to easily reach one of the islands.
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the NES version. Unlike modern video game logic where children can't be battled or have infinite HP, they have reduced HP and pitiful attack power.
* LevelScaling: In the NES version, the higher your level, the greater the monster variety. Since leveling is not automatic, you could conceivably stay low level and grind on monsters that can be killed by 0 MP spells while looting treasure that can't be trapped.
** Similarly, lower dungeon depths in all versions add more monsters to potential encounters on all ports. Aside from the final dungeon, every dungeon has the same encounter list on the same basement level.
* MoralDissonance: A minor case where you can steal chests from shops, 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: Normally, you need the mark of the snake (requires visiting a dungeon) and to learn a password to get past a snake. In the PC version, you can use the teleport spell for a small chance to teleport behind the great snake.
* 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!
** There is also a town populated entirely by priests with no guards. If you murder them all for gold and experience, they respawn upon leaving and re-entering. Murdering them over and over is the quickest way to powerlevel your group.
* 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!"