Ecstatica is an action-adventure game for MS-DOS that was released by Psygnosis in 1994. The game was released on 3½" floppy disk and CD-ROM.
The setting is in Northern Europe
in 928 AD. A traveler, (the player) comes upon a town (Tirich) hoping to find food and shelter. However, the town appears to be invaded by demons
. The traveler must help the townspeople and lift the curse from the town by freeing the young sorceress Ecstatica from being possessed.
The gameplay is from a third-person perspective
with viewing angles
changing automatically. The player has the option of choosing either a male or female character. The player has the ability to sneak, walk or run in different directions. The character may carry two items — one item with each hand. Throughout the game, the character is under constant threat from demons. He must fight with them, using various moves — this adds some elements of fighting game
. Also, there are some elements of an adventure game
. But in general, it is an action game
In addition to action and adventure elements, the game also contains moments of black and crude humor.
- The game uses a unique type of "ellipsoid" graphics to display characters. Each character is made of ellipsoids approximating different types of body. The environments, such as the trees and the shrubs, are also constructed in ellipsoids. This created the remarkable look of the game, as it looked much less angular compared to usual polygon based games.