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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.

Screenshots

Knight Lore Amstrad CPC Loading screen
Knight Lore Amstrad CPC Jump from a tiptoeing position
Knight Lore Amstrad CPC Main menu
Knight Lore Amstrad CPC The one to the bottom left - time your jumps wisely

Promo Images

Knight Lore Other
Knight Lore Other

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Popular Computing Weekly Jun 06, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amstrad Action Oct, 1985 96 out of 100 96
Amtix! Nov, 1985 91 out of 100 91
Amstrad Action Jul, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Computer Gamer Jul, 1985 17 out of 20 85
Tilt Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1985 31 out of 40 78

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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)

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Martin Smith (66808) added Knight Lore (Amstrad CPC) on Jan 23, 2007
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