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Times of Lore

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
62
3.8
Apple II
...
4.5
Amstrad CPC
...
4.3
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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 Wherever I walk my character stays roughly in the centre of the screen and the world moves underneath him. Here I've left the character movement and have activated the 'command mode'
Times of Lore NES Crossing a bridge
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Downstairs and the first character interaction. I feel a quest coming on
Times of Lore Amstrad CPC The story.

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 (8739)
Plays more like Gauntlet than an RPG DOS Pix (1162)
One of the most inspiring atmospheres of Lord British's catle ! DOS Henry Aloni (64)
A neat game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4394)

The Press Says

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 73 out of 100 73
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 Amiga 1992 68 out of 100 68
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 67 out of 100 67
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Mar, 1991 3.1 out of 5 62

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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 (4742), JRK (11176), Kabushi (120979), Martin Smith (63168), Terok Nor (18323) and George Shannon (100)