Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds

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Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds cover
Developers
Looking Glass Technologies
Publishers
Origin Systems
Engines
Underworld engine
Release dates
DOS January 1993
Windows (DOSBox) June 2, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012[2]
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, RPG
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy
Series Ultima
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General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Floppies or CD-ROM; see run in DOSBox (retail).
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3] Includes Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play. Not available in some regions.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The Ultima Underworld 2 Patch is needed for floppy disk versions. The CD-ROM and GOG.com versions are already fully patched. An unofficial General MIDI patch is available here.

Run in DOSBox (retail)[edit]

To run correctly in DOSBox change cycles=auto to cycles=max.

Ultima Underworld Portable[edit]

Package made for owners of the GOG version of Ultima Underworld 1 and 2, it has an easy to use launcher and incorporates community made mods

Easy to use launcher.
Comes with DOSBox Staging, a modernized version of the original DOSBox, so the emulation is much better than the DOSBox version that the GOG release offers.
Roland MT-32 support incorporated by default, which means high quality music when compared to Sound Blaster and sound effects that plays properly.
Provides community made mods like the mouselook patch from Ultima Hacks, a portuguese translation and a modified shades.dat, all in one package.
Has an extraction tool that installs the game if the required GOG file is found on the same directory of the extractor.
Requires Windows, does not work on Mac nor Linux. Config files and mod components can still be used.
This is not a native application, it still relies on emulation.
Only the game.gog file is required, just copy it on the same to the same directory where the extraction tool is located that both Ultima Underworld 1 and 2 will be installed.
The files from the CD-ROM release can be used, but it will be needed to extract them manually in the required directory, since the extractor cannot extract the CD iso.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE*\
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Boxer/Gamebox States/com.gog.ultima-underworld-1+2/Current.boxerstate/C Ultima Underworld 1 and 2.harddisk/UNDEROM2<path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
The SAVE1, SAVE2, SAVE3 and SAVE4 folders are save slots I-IV. SAVE0 is temporary storage, not a save.
In-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
An alternate shades.dat is available here which will increase the overall brightness of the game without destroying it's atmosphere. Use it if you feel the game is too dark.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
To avoid mouse lag, set "sensitivity=200"
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-only after the opening cutscene.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

French, German, Korean and Polish retail versions only have the manuals translated; the game itself is still in English.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Piano footstep sounds (GOG.com)[edit]

The GOG.com version's sound is incorrectly configured by default, resulting in misplaced effects such as piano sounds for footsteps.[4]

Run Game DOS Settings[5]
  1. Choose Game DOS Settings at the menu when starting the game.
  2. Press C to confirm the hard drive to use.
  3. Use the keyboard arrow keys to go down to Sound Blaster Pro, then press Enter.
  4. Press Enter four times to confirm the other default sound settings (these do not need to be changed).
  5. Press Y to confirm your changes.
  6. Press any key twice to finish saving your changes.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Audio Interface Library

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) DOS 3.3 or higher
Processor (CPU) IBM or 100% compatible 386SX, 386 or 486
System memory (RAM) 2 MB with Expanded Memory (EMS)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 MB
Video card (GPU) 256-color VGA graphics
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 48 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References