Apple II, C64, Atari 8-bit, DOS, Mac, 等
Richard Garriott, 1982
Apple II, C64, Atari 8-bit, DOS, Mac, etc
在 《创世纪》成功之后，理查德・加里奥特（Richard Garriott）花了一年的时间来制作续集。在这段时间里，他自学了如何使用汇编语言进行编程，从而在图形多样性和规模上有了一些改进。
在那同时，加里奥特看了特里・吉利姆（Terry Gilliam）的《时光大盗》（Time Bandits, 1981），这是一部轻松的幻想电影，讲述了一个小孩子遇到一群矮人并使用魔法地图穿越多个时间的故事。之后，加里奥特才真正定义了《创世纪 2》。
受电影启发，加里奥特将《创世纪 2》的故事从魔幻之地索萨里亚搬到了地球上。巫师 Mondain 在前作被击败之后，他的徒弟兼情人 Minax 学会了时间旅行，并用她的邪恶爪牙充斥着地球的过去、现在和未来。不列颠之王召唤一位新的英雄站出来，复原 Minax 的邪恶行为所造成的后果。
为了完成任务，英雄使用魔法门穿越了五个时空——这将成为《创世纪》系列的标志性特征。和电影中一样，一张地图显示了所有的门以及它们通向的地点和时间。这个地图实际上是包含在游戏盒子里的实体粗麻布地图。当时，大多数游戏仍在粗糙的拉链袋中销售，加里奥特的想法被几家出版商拒绝，直到遇到 Sierra Online，只有他们同意制作一个带有地图的包装盒。
事实上，你将花费游戏的大部分时间与怪物战斗，寻找随机掉落的关键物品，咒骂不平衡的角色系统，直到你有足够的力量攻击 Minax 的要塞。
After the success of Ultima I, Richard Garriott spent over a year working to create a sequel. During this time he taught himself how to program in assembly language, allowing for several improvements in graphical variety and scale.
But what really defined Ultima II was that in the meanwhile Garriott saw Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits (1981), a light-hearted fantasy movie about a kid who meets a group of dwarves and travels through several time periods by using a magic map.
Heavily inspired by the movie, Garriott moved Ultima II from the magical land of Sosaria to Earth. After the wizard Mondain was defeated in the previous game, his apprentice and lover Minax learns time travel and floods Earth's past, present and future with her evil minions. Lord British calls upon a new hero to step forward and undo Minax's wicked work.
To do so, the hero travels across five time periods using magical gates – which would become an iconic feature of the Ultima series. As in the movie, a map shows all the gates and where and when they lead to. This map was actually a physical cloth map, included in the game's box. Back then most games were still being sold inside crude ziplock bags, and Garriott was snubbed by several publishers until Sierra On-Line agreed on producing a box with the map.
If time travel isn't enough for you, Ultima II also goes into space, allowing you to visit the nine planets of our solar system (back when Pluto was a planet!). Sadly, all these areas have barely any content or story to them – apart from a few Easter eggs – and even the first-person dungeons are mostly pointless.
Truly, you'll spend most of the game battling monsters for key items that randomly drop, cursing the poorly balanced character system and grinding until you're strong enough to attack Minax's fortress.
Another reason why Ultima II isn't discussed much today is because its events were retconned in future games of the series. This solved the confusing mess of why Sosarian characters were on Earth and any plot holes derived from timeline-altering events.
Ultima II had great ideas that impressed gamers back then, but the repetitive gameplay and lack of meaningful content makes it the most dated game in the series. Still, greater things were yet to come.