Ultima Patcher 1.22

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s update, I’ve added in support for Martian Dreams and Savage Empire to the Ultima Patcher. If there are any fan patches for either game, I wasn’t able to find them so this just adds the option to use MT-32 emulation in both games (if you have the ROM’s). This was a rush job to get it done today for the GOG release but I’m relatively sure it works. If anyone actually uses this, I’ll look at adding MT-32 emulation support to the rest of the games.

The new version can be downloaded from here.

Martian Dreams Review – PC Plus

I was rooting around in the parents loft a week or two back trying to retrieve some of my stuff which has somehow never managed to migrate over to my house since moving out years back. I entirely failed to find what I was looking for but I did find a box with about 50-60kg of old computing magazines which I’d assumed had been thrown out 10-15 years ago.

The vast majority of these were old PC Plus magazines, which was on the whole a serious publication but did devote a few pages to games reviews and it was one of my few sources for them for a while. I don’t expect there will be many relevant to the blog but I did come across this short Martian Dreams review in the October 1991 issue.

It complains that the game not being on CD-ROM was holding it back, which seems bizarre to say the least. Suffice to say, it didn’t persuade me to buy the game at the time and it was years before I got to play it and found out what I’d been missing out on.