Not a lot of people are familiar with these two bizarre spinoffs of the Ultima series, but those interested in finding out what these short-lived RPGs are all about, can now do so free of charge. GOG (formerly known as Good Old Games) is currently offering both Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire and Ultima: Worlds of Adventure: Martian Dreams for free.
Ultima: The Savage Empire was released in 1990 and it took the player back to a prehistoric world inhabited by stone-age tribes and dinosaurs. Ultima: Worlds of Adventure: Martian Dreams came out in 1991 and takes the player back to the Victorian Era. In this setting, the player can meet historical figures such as Marie Curie, Buffalo Bill, Rasputin, Sigmund Freud, Andrew Carnegie, Vladimir Lenin and Nikola Tesla.
It’s worth pointing out that both of these titles were created as spinoffs of Ultima VI and therefore use the same graphics engine as the classic role-playing game. Fortunately for fans of the series, both games feature some really inviting extras such as manuals, maps, cluebooks and design documents. In addition to these titles, Ultima 4: Quest of Avatar is still available as a freebie on GOG.com. For those of you who are interested in getting these games, visit the Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire and Ultima: Worlds of Adventure: Martian Dreams respective links and download them for free.