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The Kingdom of Albereth was under attack of barbarian forces. King Valwyn drove the barbarians away, but was wounded in battles. Searching for a place where he could rest and restore his strength, he left the city - but never returned. Now, a new hero must rise and defend his homeland.

Times of Lore is an action game with light role-playing elements, which follows the adventures of a young warrior (strong barbarian, armored knight, or quick valkyrie) to assist a weakened kingdom from various threats, and to recover special Artifacts that once made the kingdom strong.

Gameplay consists of moving the protagonist in real-time (day and night) through various terrains, like forests, towns, and dungeons. The player character gathers basic items, like health and magic potions, and increasingly powerful weapons as he completes tasks and advances the plot. Conversations are handled through key phrases. Battles involve a few types of creatures (skeletons, orcs, rogues) of which there can be various flavors.

Screenshots

Times of Lore DOS Title screen 1
Times of Lore DOS Shoreline, after a battle
Times of Lore DOS This building must be pretty important - the door is locked and there are two guards.
Times of Lore DOS The Knight character.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ultra Realm" -- working title

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User Reviews

An okay game, but kind of annoying mechanics. Mirrorshades2k (282) unrated
An Ultima-inspired RPG that performs adequately. Trixter (9129) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Plays more like Gauntlet than an RPG Pix (1207) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
One of the most inspiring atmospheres of Lord British's catle ! Henry Aloni (64) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A neat game. Tomer Gabel (4644) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Play Mar, 1989 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Jun, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 67 out of 100 67

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Trivia

References to the game

Although not in Times of Lore itself, the game is mentioned in Ultima V by a 'Christopher' in one of the Brittannys surrounding Lord British's castle. 'Christopher' says it will be quite a masterpiece and hopes you purchase it when he sends it off to the printing presses.

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George Shannon (115) added Times of Lore (DOS) on Jan 20, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (4834), JRK (11184), Kabushi (191735), Martin Smith (66787) and Terok Nor (26190)