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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 ZX Spectrum Here is hidden The Cross.
Fairlight ZX Spectrum When the Wizard to get the book, he will return to his true form, an evil monk.
Fairlight ZX Spectrum The tomb was found. Too bad that this is not the true tomb.
Fairlight Commodore 64 That guy with the club doesn't look too friendly!

Alternate Titles

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

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Oct 03, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jun, 1986 18 out of 20 90
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 18 out of 20 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 May, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Your Computer ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 16, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 70 out of 100 70


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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
Contributed to by Lucefin (1429), Kabushi (154886) and Martin Smith (62999)