Knight Lore

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ZX Spectrum
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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.


Knight Lore BBC Micro Starting the game in human form
Knight Lore MSX Level 1
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Title screen
Knight Lore NES Your character turns into a werewolf every once in a while. But the control still stinks.

Alternate Titles

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

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Personal Computer Games ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 10 out of 10 100
Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Nov, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) BBC Micro Jul, 1985 39 out of 40 98
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC 1985 96 out of 100 96
Crash! ZX Spectrum 1984 94 out of 100 94
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 14 out of 15 93
Amtix! Amstrad CPC 1985 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 31 out of 40 78


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1001 Video Games

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


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.


  • 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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