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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 I wonder what's the income of this guy's salary...
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum There's the serious possibility of one of those hitting the Wulf's head.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum DJ Wulf playin': "Megablast (Hip Hop on Precinct 13)".
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Game over.

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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

Popular Computing Weekly Nov 29, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Your Computer Jan, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Personal Computer Games Jan, 1985 10 out of 10 100
Sinclair Programs Jan, 1985 99 out of 100 99
Crash! Dec, 1984 94 out of 100 94
Your Spectrum Mar, 1985 14 out of 15 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Sinclair User Feb, 1985 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Aug 20, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1986 9.5 out of 12 79


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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 (62902) added Knight Lore (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 08, 2004
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