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Our hero must reach Melkhior, a somewhat eccentric wizard who is the only one who can save him. As with most Ultimate titles of the day, reaching him is a long and treacherous challenge, involving both puzzle-solving and action, meaning that each screen requires thorough planning and precise navigation.

The game uses the isometric viewpoint in a manner similar to the later Head Over Heels, using monochrome but detailed graphics and techniques to avoid flickering sprites. The game lasts for 40 days and nights - at night your character turns into a werewolf. Ultimate's individual style of eschewing straightforward instructions in favor of feature lists and riddles is put to good use here, with the story detailed in a rhyming poem of sorts.


Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Don't let master <i>Escher</i> tricks you. Take a better look at the isometric illusion. I mean, this scenario played on a real Spectrum would be reason enough for flying computers.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum This is how the Wulf enjoys his day off.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum One of the many rooms
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Break dance time (transforming into Sabreman).

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Alternate Titles

  • "ナイト・ロアー ―魔城の狼男―" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Personal Computer Games Jan, 1985 10 out of 10 100
Popular Computing Weekly Nov 29, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Sinclair User Jan, 1988 10 out of 10 100
Your Computer Jan, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! Dec, 1984 94 out of 100 94
Your Spectrum Mar, 1985 14 out of 15 93
Sinclair User Feb, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1985 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Aug 20, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Feb, 1985 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

Knight Lore appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Knight Lore was released about one year after it was finished. Ultimate felt the new isometric graphics would hurt the sales of the 2D game Sabre Wulf, so they held it back.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Arcade Adventures (editorial staff choice)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #22 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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Martin Smith (62968) added Knight Lore (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 08, 2004
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