Times of Lore

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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 ZX Spectrum Conversation is activated by selecting the mouth icon in command mode.
Times of Lore Amiga Killed a serf on the road
Times of Lore Commodore 64 Your first fight
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 (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

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jun, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 65 out of 100 65
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
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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