Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar cover
Developers
Origin Systems
DOS James Van Artsdalen
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS September 16, 1985
Windows September 1, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) October 18, 2012[2]
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar guide at StrategyWiki
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar at Wikipedia
Ultima
Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982
Ultima III: Exodus 1983
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness 1987
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny 1988
Ultima VI: The False Prophet 1990
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990
Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle 1993
Ultima VIII: Pagan 1994
Ultima Online 1997
Akalabeth: World of Doom 1998
Ultima IX: Ascension 1999

Key points

Released for free
The unpatched game has issues on faster systems
While the original Apple II version had music through sound card support and most other versions played music using their native sound hardware, the unpatched PC version doesn't have any music

General information

Ultima Codex - A huge wiki for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Free download. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

  • Ultima IV Upgrade Patch fixes the game's speed issues and adds the missing music to the game. Requires DOS or DOSBox to play however the patcher it's self is a Windows console app. For Mac or Linux use the DOS avpatch.exe.

Source ports[edit]

xu4 is a reverse engineered "source port" of the game for modern systems.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.SAV
Windows <path-to-game>\*.SAV
macOS (OS X)
PARTY.SAV contains the current party.
MONSTERS.SAV contains the monsters table (data about NPCs and objects in the game world).[4]
OUTMONST.SAV contains a backup of the monsters table.
DNGMAP.SAV contains dungeon map data.[4]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Default key bindings can be found in the included readme, on page 24
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No mouse support.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Volume ON/OFF with V.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 27 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References