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Sabre Wulf

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
2.3
BBC Micro
...
3.2
ZX Spectrum
...
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Sabre Wulf BBC Micro Three pieces found with just one more to go.
Sabre Wulf Commodore 64 A pretty lake
Sabre Wulf Commodore 64 This must be a corner then
Sabre Wulf BBC Micro A clearing in the forest with a small lake.

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The Press Says

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1984 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

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.

Sales

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

Awards

  • 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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Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20706), fwibbler (838) and Martin Smith (63154)