Times of Lore

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
NES
...
...
Atari ST
71
3.9
Commodore 64
70
3.9
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Description

The Kingdom of Albereth was under attack of barbarian forces. King Valwyn drove the barbarians away, but was wounded in battles. Searching for a place where he could rest and restore his strength, he left the city - but never returned. Now, a new hero must rise and defend his homeland.

Times of Lore is an action game with light role-playing elements, which follows the adventures of a young warrior (strong barbarian, armored knight, or quick valkyrie) to assist a weakened kingdom from various threats, and to recover special Artifacts that once made the kingdom strong.

Gameplay consists of moving the protagonist in real-time (day and night) through various terrains, like forests, towns, and dungeons. The player character gathers basic items, like health and magic potions, and increasingly powerful weapons as he completes tasks and advances the plot. Conversations are handled through key phrases. Battles involve a few types of creatures (skeletons, orcs, rogues) of which there can be various flavors.

Screenshots

Times of Lore NES Choosing your character
Times of Lore DOS Inside the starting tavern
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum It is possible to play the game without loading a character by loading straight from the 'game' side of the tape. Then the game loads straight to this screen.
Times of Lore Amiga Killed a serf on the road

Alternate Titles

  • "Ultra Realm" -- working title

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User Reviews

An okay game, but kind of annoying mechanics. DOS Mirrorshades2k (273)
An Ultima-inspired RPG that performs adequately. DOS Trixter (8712)
Plays more like Gauntlet than an RPG DOS Pix (1153)
One of the most inspiring atmospheres of Lord British's catle ! DOS Henry Aloni (64)
A neat game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4361)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 97 out of 100 97
Power Play Atari ST 1989 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 68 out of 100 68
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Mar, 1991 3.1 out of 5 62
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Mar, 1989 59 out of 100 59
Retroguiden Commodore 64 Jul 18, 2013 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

References to the game

Although not in Times of Lore itself, the game is mentioned in Ultima V by a 'Christopher' in one of the Brittannys surrounding Lord British's castle. 'Christopher' says it will be quite a masterpiece and hopes you purchase it when he sends it off to the printing presses.
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