Release: Nov 04, 2011 - Author: DarkChojin - Translator: Mr Miau
RPG fans had no reason to complain about a lack of high quality games towards the end of the 80ies. Classics such as "The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate", "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance" or Sierra's "Hero's Quest" a.k.a. "Quest for Glory" offered countless hours of fun. Among all these jewels, Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World (1988) could be found as well. The first release was for Apple II (as a cassette), but versions for PC, C64 and more ports followed rather quickly.
M&M II is not just a very large game (8 base classes + 8 hero classes, 100+ spells, a level limit of 255, many quests including time traveling...), but also very hard b ecause of its long fights with up to 200 monsters at the same time.
Comparison between the uncensored Mega Drive Version and the censored SNES version.
Changed Enemy Sprites
In the original, enemies of the "Thief" kind hold a blood-stained dagger while "Ghouls" use a severed and still spasming arm as weapon. In the censored SNES version, however, the dagger is clean and the ghouls are using a club instead of the arm.
As is usual for Nintendo, every alcoholic drink that can be bought in the tavern was changed to a nonalcoholic one. However, drinking too many of those still results in alcohol poisoning. The names of the taverns, texts and menus were changed as well, but these changes do not necessarily all result from censoring. The following drinks list does not change throughout the beer and therefore stands for all the taverns:
"Orc Beer" became "Orc Foam", while the "Straight Shoot" was renamed to "Slithering Nectar" whereas the unsuspicious names "Id Elixir" and "Academic Age" were not altered. The "Rare Vintage" was changed to "Bubbling Punch" and - strangely enough - the "Mystic Brew" was turned to "Melted Wax".
The tavern in Middlegate was renamed from "Slaughtered Lamb" to "Norm's Tavern" and instead of "Drinks" "Refreshments" can be bought there (the same applies to all the other taverns).
In the tavern in Atlantium, the bar keeper says she had the best "brewmeister" in the land, in the censored version she only shows off with the best refreshments. The meals were changed a bit as well.
The "Puree of Gnome" suddenly became "Puree of Geko" and the "Devil's Brownie" fell victim to Nintendo's non-religious policy and was exchanged with the "Demon's Brownie".
The tavern in Tundaran, called "Lucky Dog Saloon" in the uncensored version, was renamed to the "Lucky Dog Tavern" and the bar keeper greets the player with "Juice" instead of "Ale". The menu was altered as well.
"Swine Soup" became "Gruesome Soup", "Wolf Nipple Chips" turned to "Wolfit Down Chips" (nipple may have been to offensive for Nintendo).
Finally, the "Leg of Wyvern" was switched with "Wyvern Kebab".
In Vulcania "Belinthra's Bar" was changed to "Belinthra's Tavern" and the owner cheers to the player with a "Glass of Juice" instead of a "Cup of Mead". The menu was only changed in one point:
"Troll Liver" was replaced by "Spider Legs".
In the tavern of the last city, Sansobar, the "Barmaid" became a "Waitress" and she does not stand in the middle of a "bloodthirsty" brawl, but in the middle of a "destructive" one. A small change was also applied to the menu:
"Roast Peasant" became "Roast Salamander".