Dungeon Master (video game)
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Victor Interactive Software (X68000)
Dungeon Master is a
Dungeon Master reportedly sold 40,000 copies in its year of release alone, and went on to become the ST's best-selling game of all time. The game became the prototype for the genre of the 3D dungeon crawlers with notable
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Another factor in its popularity may have been the imaginative
Many reviewers considered Dungeon Master as the best example of its genre, despite the many
Many champions have been sent into the dungeon with the quest to recover Librasulus (the Grey Lord) firestaff. With the firestaff, Librasulus can take physical form again and defeat Lord Chaos. The player is Theron, the apprentice of the Grey Lord, that goes into the dungeon with the task to resurrect four champions, and guide them through the dungeon, to find the firestaff and defeat Lord Chaos.
As Theron, the player cannot progress past the first section of the game until they have selected up to four champions from a small dungeon containing 24 mirrors, each containing a frozen champion. The frozen champions are based upon a variety of fantasy archetypes to allow diversity within the player's party.
If the player finds the firestaff and uses it to defeat Lord Chaos, this will be the real ending of the game. But there is also an alternative ending if the player finds the firestaff and then leaves the dungeon without destroying Lord Chaos.
You can access a small, simple dungeon by holding a key or 2 during the loading screen when the FTL logo appears (The keys vary each version e.g. Amiga is Enter), the Kid's dungeon's mobs are very weak and the game ends after you slay the dragon, in the 'Dragon's den'. The dragon takes merely a single FUL bomb to kill. (Said item is a portable version of a fireball, the same way VEN potions are of the poison cloud spell. FUL bombs unlike VEN potions cannot be created though game documentation suggests they were intended to be able to.)