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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.


Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum - Go get him boy!
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum This is the adjacent screen to the one where you start the game. Flowers or whatever these weird things may be, are your best allies. The Cyanese, the best: Speed and invulnerability.
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum Taking a leak.
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum Yes, I know.. Ultimate, the best, and stuff, I know... took me one hour, piece of ca... (now play again with a real Spectrum, you big mouth!)

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Sabre Wulf Other as Poster.
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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
Sinclair User Aug, 1984 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Oct 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Oct, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Crash! Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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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.


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


  • 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 (66824) added Sabre Wulf (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 08, 2004
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (21076), fwibbler (852) and Martin Smith (66824)