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Description

The ACG amulet (a reference to Ultimate's formal name of Ashby Computers and Graphics), has been split into four pieces, which are located in different parts of a jungle, and you're the intrepid explorer sent to locate them.

The game takes place on a large map, and the viewed area often includes section which overlap and can't be reached directly, due to the huge shrubs and trees which are used as borders.

The gameplay has many similarities to Ultimate's earlier Atic Atac title (even though they charged almost twice as much for it). It combines shooting (creatures such as spiders and hippos are among the many ferocious delights on show), and puzzle solving, largely involving manoeuvring objects. Once you run out of lives, the game tells you the percentage completed; chances are you'll be surprised that hours of exploration only cover half of it.

Screenshots

Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum The fresh wind of the mountains blow at Sabremans's face.
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum The entrance to the cave which leads to the <i>Underwurlde</i>
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum All of the 4 quarters were found. The amulet was completed. It's a Wulf's selfie.
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum Got paralysed by the yellow flowe... I was just informed they are orchids. This type blow ever destructible enemy around and temporarily paralyse Sabreman.

Promo Images

Sabre Wulf Other as Poster.
Sabre Wulf Other

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Critic Reviews

Personal Computer Games Aug, 1984 10 out of 10 100
Crash! Apr, 1985 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1984 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Micro 7 Oct, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Sinclair User Aug, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Pixel Nov, 1984 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Happy Computer Oct, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Crash! Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

References to the game

  • Sabreman, the protagonist of this game, makes a cameo in Banjo-Tooie. In the level Hailfire Peaks, he can be seen frozen holding the lost amulet right outside the train station on the icy side. Also, the combination for Superstash's safe is 1984, the year Sabre Wulf was released.
  • The Aphex Twin song Carn Marth from the Richard D. James Album features sampled tape data noise from Sabre Wulf's loading screen.

Sales

The Spectrum version alone sold over 350,000 copies, making this one of the most successful 8-bit games of all times.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #2 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (ZX Spectrum version)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #46 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
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Martin Smith (66812) added Sabre Wulf (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 08, 2004
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (21072), fwibbler (852) and Martin Smith (66812)