Knight Lore (BBC Micro)

Knight Lore BBC Micro Title Screen

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Description

Our hero must reach Melkhior, a somewhat eccentric wizard who is the only one who can save him. As with most Ultimate titles of the day, reaching him is a long and treacherous challenge, involving both puzzle-solving and action, meaning that each screen requires thorough planning and precise navigation.

The game uses the isometric viewpoint in a manner similar to the later Head Over Heels, using monochrome but detailed graphics and techniques to avoid flickering sprites. The game lasts for 40 days and nights - at night your character turns into a werewolf. Ultimate's individual style of eschewing straightforward instructions in favor of feature lists and riddles is put to good use here, with the story detailed in a rhyming poem of sorts.

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Knight Lore BBC Micro Lethal obstacles on the way
Knight Lore BBC Micro Jumping on stone
Knight Lore BBC Micro Starting the game in human form
Knight Lore BBC Micro Morphed to animal at night

Alternate Titles

  • "ナイト・ロアー ―魔城の狼男―" -- Japanese spelling

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1985 39 out of 40 98

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Knight Lore appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Release

Knight Lore was released about one year after it was finished. Ultimate felt the new isometric graphics would hurt the sales of the 2D game Sabre Wulf, so they held it back.

Awards

  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Arcade Adventures (editorial staff choice)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #22 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Terok Nor (20170) added Knight Lore (BBC Micro) on May 15, 2010
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