Sabre Wulf

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Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
BBC Micro
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The ACG amulet (a reference to Ultimate's formal name of Ashby Computers and Graphics), has been split into four pieces, which are located in different parts of a jungle, and you're the intrepid explorer sent to locate them.

The game takes place on a large map, and the viewed area often includes section which overlap and can't be reached directly, due to the huge shrubs and trees which are used as borders.

The gameplay has many similarities to Ultimate's earlier Atic Atac title (even though they charged almost twice as much for it). It combines shooting (creatures such as spiders and hippos are among the many ferocious delights on show), and puzzle solving, largely involving manoeuvring objects. Once you run out of lives, the game tells you the percentage completed; chances are you'll be surprised that hours of exploration only cover half of it.


Sabre Wulf BBC Micro The opening screen where Sabre Man has just eaten a Red flower
Sabre Wulf BBC Micro Stay too long in one area and a fire will appear, sometimes forcing you to leave the area.
Sabre Wulf Commodore 64 Lots to take out here
Sabre Wulf Commodore 64 The hippo's asleep

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Personal Computer Games ZX Spectrum Aug, 1984 10 out of 10 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1984 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 13 out of 20 65
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jan, 1986 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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References to the game

  • Sabreman, the protagonist of this game, makes a cameo in Banjo-Tooie. In the level Hailfire Peaks, he can be seen frozen holding the lost amulet right outside the train station on the icy side. Also, the combination for Superstash's safe is 1984, the year Sabre Wulf was released.
  • The Aphex Twin song Carn Marth from the Richard D. James Album features sampled tape data noise from Sabre Wulf's loading screen.


The Spectrum version alone sold over 350,000 copies, making this one of the most successful 8-bit games of all times.


  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #2 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (ZX Spectrum version)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #46 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
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