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Times of Lore

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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4.3
NES
...
3.8
Atari ST
71
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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 Atari ST Wandering the roads outside of town
Times of Lore Atari ST Choose a language
Times of Lore NES A town
Times of Lore NES Red town with new enemies

Alternate Titles

  • "Ultra Realm" -- working title

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

An okay game, but kind of annoying mechanics. DOS Mirrorshades2k (273)
An Ultima-inspired RPG that performs adequately. DOS Trixter (8730)
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 (4364)

The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Atari ST 1989 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jun, 1989 76 out of 100 76
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 73 out of 100 73
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 73 out of 100 73
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Mar, 1991 3.1 out of 5 62
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 12 58

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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 (4736), JRK (11152), Kabushi (131936), Martin Smith (63062), Terok Nor (19553) and George Shannon (100)