Inspired by Ultima: Lord Baniff’s Deceit

RPGCodex denizen Excidium II unearthed the above video, which features gameplay from an obscure Ultima Underworld clone called Lord Baniff’s Deceit (or, slightly longer than that, Towers: Lord Baniff’s Deceit).

There’s not much to say about it that this Gamespot review — or this IGN review — don’t already cover. The game looks very much like an homage, if you can call it that, to Ultima Underworld, although the game doesn’t seem to play nearly as well as that.

And is the Lord Baniff moniker a riff on Lord British? I’m inclined to think so.

The First Age of Update: Pawel points out that there was actually a sequel to the game:

 

 

And so there was! GiantBomb describes Plight of the Stargazer thusly:

Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer is a first-person real-time dungeon crawler RPG with panoramic movement. The player assumes one of four heroes in the land of Lamini, who has travelled to Duggan’s Castle to seek their fortunes. The game’s mechanics are loosely based on the Dungeons & Dragons model.

The game was the sole RPG to be released on the Atari Jaguar, close to the end of its lifespan. It was also one of a handful of games released on the short-lived Atari Falcon that was incompatible with earlier, weaker Atari ST models. It also received a PC release, and a GBA version was in production but cancelled at some point.

(Hat tip: Infinitron Dragon)

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