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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.

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Knight Lore BBC Micro Lethal obstacles on the way
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum There's the serious possibility of one of those hitting the Wulf's head.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Another voodoo statuette of life awaiting to be picked.
Knight Lore Amstrad CPC Jump from a tiptoeing position

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Your Computer ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Nov 29, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Sinclair Programs ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 99 out of 100 99
Computer and Video Games (CVG) BBC Micro Jul, 1985 39 out of 40 98
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 17 out of 20 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug 20, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum May, 1986 9.5 out of 12 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC 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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