Reply 4020 of 4083, by newtmonkey
Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress (Apple II)
Finally done with this!
I'm not gonna lie: I followed a walkthrough for this one. I can't even imagine how many hours upon hours of grinding you'd need to do to save up enough gold to replenish your constantly dwindling HP and food as you explore these massive maps to slowly figure out what you need to do. Even knowing exactly what to do, I had to grind like crazy to get the point where my character could survive and then finish the game. The game took less than 10 hours to complete, but 9 hours of that was grinding gold. It's too bad, because there is a good game somewhere under all this grind. Although the quest seems completely bizarre and random, there are hints and clues all over the place, and it all fits together pretty well. I really enjoyed figuring out the time gates, for instance.
Anyway. I ran into a few annoying issues even though I did plenty of research beforehand on how to avoid the major ones. First, my torches rolled over from 99 to 1 at one point (this is what convinced me to not even bother with the dungeons). Second, during the final stretch a thief stole my Magic Ring (a crucial quest item)! Good thing I was paying attention, and reset the game without saving.
Other than that, it was generally smooth sailing, and I'm glad to have finished it finally. Next up is Ultima V, but I will probably play some other games before that.
* I really wanted to play this on my actual Apple II, but sadly couldn't get the disk image to boot. I played it through on AppleWin instead.