So Here’s Exult, and Ultima 7, Running Natively on iOS
iOS developer Litchie should be familiar to many of you; I’ve mentioned his most well-known iOS app a few times on the Codex over the years. That would be iDOS, of course…the port of DOSBox to Apple’s mobile OS.
Well…as it just so happens, Litchie seems to be working on a new iOS port of Exult, as well. And as the photograph above indicates, it’s quite possible to get Ultima 7 up and running in it. The app is evidently being coded with Universal support; it can also be installed on an iPad:
Now, a word of caution: don’t let the rather simplistic user guide fool you. Oh, it will serve as valuable enough reference when you’ve got the app installed on your iOS device and are looking to set up Ultima 7 or Serpent Isle on it. But…well…there is the matter of installing it on your iOS device.
Happily, a jailbreak is not required. To install Exult, you’ll need to grab the code from GitHub, open it in Xcode (specifically: open the project file — Exult.xcodeproj — in the iOS subfolder of the code), and build it for your device. Sadly, Xcode is only available for OS X, so if you don’t have an Apple computer at home (or OS X running in a VM, I suppose), you’re more or less out of luck for now.
That being said, my understanding is that at some point, Litchie intends to release Exult as an app on the iOS App Store (obviously not with any bundled Ultima 7-related content) at some point in the future.
Now: What do you suppose the odds are that Litchie can be convinced to follow up this project with an iOS port of Nuvie?