After HoverTank 3D – the next 3D game to be released by the company that would eventually be known as ‘ID Software’ was Catacomb Abyss. This was yet another EGA game – but this game was the first to use textured surfaces. Interestingly enough – if you stand in one spot and turn – you can tell that they do not have the math for the textures quite right, as the walls seem to bend a little as you turn.
This game places you as a magic user exploring a sinister set of catacombs – and is actually quite tense – as monsters have a tendency to appear out of nowhere (zombies coming up out of the ground, etc) so even though an area may look clear – you can be attacked from behind randomly.
THE CATACOMB ABYSS in 3-D! A captivating
tale of wizards & fantasy trips into other
dimensions. You’ve been called upon to
perform feats of magic & courage against your
arch-rival, Nemesis. You’ll discover a myriad
of bizzare creatures and places as you embark
on an unforgettable adventure into the wild
world of the Abyss. Definitely among the best
3-D graphics available anywhere!
Sys.Req.: 286 or better, 640K, EGA or better.
GAMER’S EDGE, a div. of SOFTDISK PUBLISHING.
Catacomb Abyss runs well enough under Virtual PC – though it is a little jerky here and there. ID’s sight on Catacomb Abyss is here: http://www.idsoftware.com/games/vintage/catacomb/