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Times of Lore

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
DOS
...
3.7
Apple II
...
4.5
NES
...
3.8
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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 DOS From the intro
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Conversation is activated by selecting the mouth icon in command mode.
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Load screen - this and the story-boards are only displayed on the 'character generation' side of the tape
Times of Lore Amiga The innkeeper ignores me! Probably because I just killed one of his patrons.

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 (8724)
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 (4362)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1989 71 out of 100 71
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 67 out of 100 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 67 out of 100 67
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.
Contributed to by Quapil (4733), JRK (11152), Kabushi (132976), Martin Smith (63067), Terok Nor (19797) and George Shannon (100)