The MiSTer features the so-called macplus core, which emulates a Macintosh Plus computer which was originally released in 1986 for the princely sum of $2.599. In today’s money that would come down to a little over $6000 for a relatively tiny machine with a Motorola 68000 CPU running at 8MHz., 1MB of memory, a monochrome display and a floppy drive integrated in Apple’s signature beige box. Yes, this is indeed a very retro Macintosh and you’ll be very hard-pressed to find any legitimate use for it other than historic interest.
Ultima 7 The Black Gate is an awesome game, especially for its time. Those looking for this page probably already know this, so let me just skip ahead. This guide exists for those who want a different experience while playing Ultima 7. For me personally, Ultima was all about the plot and storylines. Sure they are RPG’s which means character minding, combat, taking notes and mapmaking on paper. The one main thing I intensely disliked about the Ultima games, was the combat aspect.
Roland MT-32 emulation on MiSTer The AO486 FPGA-core for MiSTer provides the user with a hardware-simulated Creative Labs Sound Blaster card, which will play music for just about any PC game published between the late 80’s and at least the late 90’s. Despite the card’s massive popularity, the Yamaha OPL2 FM-synthesizer is hardly the most impressive contemporary option for in-game music. That honour goes to a handful of dedicated MIDI-modules, beginning with the MT-32 created by Roland in 1987.
The Monkey Island series of adventure games is one of the great classics from Lucas Arts. It follows the mishaps of protagonist Guybrush Threepwood on his quest for happiness against a heavily romanticized and cartoonish backdrop of 18th-century Caribbean pirates. Every cliche is there: peg legs, parrots, grog, voodoo, corrupt governors and buried treasure and all of it is packed into a series of extremely witty games. I chose to review the second installment because it’s the one that holds the fondest memories for me.
Back in its day, in 1994, Ultima 8 was a much-anticipated continuation of the legendary Ultima series of role playing games by Origin Systems. This game, as well as the whole Ultima series, is slowly fading into obscurity though. Electronic Arts purchased and then skillfully killed Origin, the effects of which are already visible in this specific game. So why should you go through the effort of playing it at all?