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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 Load screen - this and the story-boards are only displayed on the 'character generation' side of the tape
Times of Lore Commodore 64 title
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Downstairs and the first character interaction. I feel a quest coming on
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Nothing here then. 
The character ate rations all by himself

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 (8790)
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 (4352)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 97 out of 100 97
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jun, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 12 58
Retroguiden Commodore 64 Jul 18, 2013 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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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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