Fairlight (Commodore 64)

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The land of Fairlight no longer lives up to its name, its culture and society having declined over centuries. The former ruler's castle Avars is shrouded in mystery, and Isvar chooses to investigate it. Unfortunately, he finds himself trapped in a mysterious castle from which he must escape.

Viewed isometrically, Isvar's adventure features complex object manipulation: each object has its own physical properties and resultant characteristics in terms of how much else can be carried alongside it. The castle is guarded and full of trolls, who can weaken Isvar's energy - food and wine can restore it.


Fairlight Commodore 64 The starting location
Fairlight Commodore 64 That guy with the club doesn't look too friendly!
Fairlight Commodore 64 Loading screen
Fairlight Commodore 64 Some strange enemies seem to have me cornered

Alternate Titles

  • "Fairlight: A Prelude" -- Title Screen title

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Computer Gamer Jul, 1986 18 out of 20 90
Commodore User May, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

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

Copy protection

The initial release of the game didn't load on 128K systems, because the copy protection relied on writing to exact memory addresses, which weren't used in the same way on the bigger systems. Within a few months The Edge released an enhanced 128K version.

References to the game

It was from this game that the legendary cracker and demo group Fairlight took its name.


In a piece of astonishing greed and pettiness, The Edge scuppered the partially-completed PC remake of this game in 2003, so as not to damage sales of their mobile phone based remake.


This was the first ever game made in Sweden to make a notable impact abroad.

Information also contributed by Игги Друге and Apogee IV
Lucefin (1429) added Fairlight (Commodore 64) on Oct 04, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (141259) and Martin Smith (63030)