Unlike the other games of the Ultima universe, this is actually mostly an action-adventure game, similar at the core to games such as The Legend of Zelda, with a strong focus on solving multiple puzzles throughout dungeons. As such it only has very thin relations to the main series.
Interestingly, the game is capable of multi-player, making it the first Ultima to offer this option.
Included with the game
Only the instruction manual is contained in the box with the game module.
Differences between the ports
Ultima: Runes of Virtue was developed for the Nintendo Game Boy. There are no other official ports.
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- The first multiplayer Ultima (five years before Ultima Online).
- The map of Britannia bears very little resemblance to the land seen in the core series of games.
- Dupre is described as a "swordsman from Jhelom", instead of a paladin from Trinsic.