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Knight Lore (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

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.

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Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Title screen
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum One of the many rooms
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum You change to a werewolf when the moons up

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Personal Computer Games Jan, 1985 10 out of 10 100
Your Spectrum Mar, 1985 14 out of 15 93
Sinclair User Feb, 1985 9 out of 10 90

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Release

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.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #22 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Martin Smith (63162) added Knight Lore (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 08, 2004
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