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Times of Lore

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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.


Times of Lore Amiga Battling a green monster
Times of Lore Atari ST Hunger daemon kicks in
Times of Lore DOS Shoreline, after a battle
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum This is the start of the game. I'm on the roof of some building and need to go down the stairs to the left to make contact with other characters

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 (8711)
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 (4353)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Atari ST 1989 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 65 out of 100 65


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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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