Guys, this Datasoft title THE DUNGEON (together with the prequel THE CITY) always and forever received rave reviews... DID you play it? DID you rate it? WHAT was it about the game that hooked you?
All I can recall is a very, very tasty intro screen/demo of a ship descending on a city which lasted about 2-3 mins and then I think you selected your RPG character and next some random score values would appear at the top of the screen and finally you were let loose in some fantasy world... and that's where I kinda stopped.
Someone on here must know an awful lot more about the game(s) and be able to tell us about the author, history, background to this series (was a 3rd planned?). Hopefully, we might see a mini review or perhaps just say why it's worth a look/revisit?
Over to you, gadgers. Btw, does anyone else remember a UK BBS board set-up mainly to cater for Atari 8bit folks around about 91-93 also called THE CITY? Haha... me and my mate Mog used to log on from work and wind-up this right nerd on there... nowt much more to add other than he always used to call one of us 'good cop' and the other 'bad cop' depending upon the amount of Apple IIe-taking we used to dish-out. I'm not sure if he was sysop or not, but he was very straight-laced and used to run the BBS like it was his own military platoon much like Captain Mainwaring...
These are still my all-time favorite RPG's and I can tell you all you need to know about them. I can give it all to you mates! But there is a page dedicated to it and fans of the Alternate Reality RPG's.
While 'The Dungeon' was much more expansive than 'The City' it was ported by others than the original author, and 'The City' is a lot deeper in stats, weather conditions, how non-player characters interact with you based on what you are wearing and your health, etc., it's really deep in unseen-ways. There's a thread on AtariAge that runs about 100 pages or more with all of us AR fans talking about it, having little game contests like who can make it around to all the pubs in the city "pub hopping" without dying, etc., that we did probably about 5 or more years ago now. And the A8, ORIGINAL version by the original author, Philip Price is the best version of any, including the 16-bitters.
The first game I ever played that I felt like I was watching a movie in the introduction! Best use ever of Atari's colours and DLI's until recent home-brews, etc.
These games are THE REASON I upgraded memory on my A8 and wanted multiple disk drives, as these were also the first games to take advantage of multiple disk drives (up to 4) for little or no disk swapping, and up to 128K of extended memory if you had it (but still worked with 48k, just a lot more load times for everything). I am an authority and master on these games!