Albion - All News
Thursday - March 08, 2018
Albion - Retrospective Review
RetrospectiveGaming has reviewed Blue Byte's classic RPG Albion:
Saturday - September 19, 2015
Albion - CRPG History Abridged II
Felipe Pepe has made a short video review for Albion - one of the best underdogs in the RPG genre:
Monday - August 03, 2015
Albion - Review @ Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Richard Cobbet (Rock, Paper, Shotgun) has reviewed Albion - Blue Byte's underdog RPG gem from 1995:
Albion really should be better known. It’s one of the more obscure beloved 90s RPGs, rarely brought up in conversation like the Ultimas or the Gold Box games or for the true aficionados, games like Darklands. Since release though it’s had a decent nostalgic following, and its recent re-launch on GOG produced what can only be described as a small yet dignified whoop from many a corner. So what is it about this obscure offering from the publisher of The Settlers that’s managed to stay in players’ minds for so long? Let’s take a look, shall we? Seems a good time.
Wednesday - July 29, 2015
Albion - Now On GOG!
One of the European RPG classics finally becomes available again. Ubisoft / Blue Byte placed a couple of games on the GOG platform, among them Albion.
It is the year 2227, and the gigantic interstellar factory ship, Toronto, cruises toward a lifeless planet endowed with a wealth of minerals. While studying the planet in his shuttlecraft, the pilot, Tom Driscoll, unavoidably crash lands. Against all expectations, he survives to discover his craft has landed in a world rich in flora and fauna, and inhabited by intelligent beings. How could the data on the planet of Albion have been so wrong?
Take on the role of Tom Driscoll and explore the extensive world of Albion and its endless surprises in this turn-based, tactical RPG. Experience its vast beauty and strange cultures... but beware of its many hidden dangers! You, and the companions you acquire on your journey, will experience countless adventures together and your resourcefulness, skills of negotiation and ability to deal with numerous inhabitants will be repeatedly put to the test. But most importantly, your resolve in battle will determine not only your own fate, but that of the entire world.
○ Role-playing adventure with an engaging storyline and interactive dialogue
○ Turn-based, tactical combat
○ User-friendly and intuitive interface and navigation
○ Expansive and captivating game-world
Thanks to pork for sending in the news!
Saturday - May 23, 2015
Albion - gets a Windows/Linux port
One of the best RPGs of the 90s - Albion - gets a Windows/Linux port. A BIG thanks to Indie Retro News for reporting this:
What a great start to Friday as we've just come across a fantastic bit of news of which may send a slight tingle down the spines of retro gaming RPG players across the globe! And that news is a fan based release of the Windows/Linux port of Albion; one of my all time favourite RPG's released by Blue Byte Software in 1995!
From the moment you start the game with the beeps and bops of the ship, to the crash of your shuttle into the supposedly desert world you knew you were in for a treat. The graphics for it's time were incredibly lush with vivid landscapes of intense flora and textured rocks. But what really set the game apart from most RPG's and not just the amazing characters you could talk to, was the interactive 2D top down view and 3D first person dungeon crawling combat. It was as if it was two games moulded into one, and two great games at that. The immersion of Albion was also top of it's class, with sound effects such as the local wildlife, or from eery cave dwelling beasties.
I could go on and on about this game and how it's stuck in my mind as one of the best games I ever ever played, but I wont spoil it any more for those of you who haven't played it. It's time for you to enjoy the game as much as I did, especially now as the Windows and Linux port has been released.
You can download the mod here - click on the English flag (Albion is required).
Developer: Blue Byte
Play-time: Over 60 hours
Regions & platforms
· Platform: PC
· Released at 1995-01-01
· Publisher: Blue Byte
· Platform: PC
· Released at 1996-08-31
· Publisher: Blue Byte