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The Kingdom of Albereth was under attack of barbarian forces. King Valwyn drove the barbarians away, but was wounded in battles. Searching for a place where he could rest and restore his strength, he left the city - but never returned. Now, a new hero must rise and defend his homeland.

Times of Lore is an action game with light role-playing elements, which follows the adventures of a young warrior (strong barbarian, armored knight, or quick valkyrie) to assist a weakened kingdom from various threats, and to recover special Artifacts that once made the kingdom strong.

Gameplay consists of moving the protagonist in real-time (day and night) through various terrains, like forests, towns, and dungeons. The player character gathers basic items, like health and magic potions, and increasingly powerful weapons as he completes tasks and advances the plot. Conversations are handled through key phrases. Battles involve a few types of creatures (skeletons, orcs, rogues) of which there can be various flavors.


Times of Lore ZX Spectrum I killed this one. Combat at this level seems to consist of getting close, but not in the line of fire, and attacking. Looks like I can attack diagonally too which is a bonus.
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Wherever I walk my character stays roughly in the centre of the screen and the world moves underneath him. Here I've left the character movement and have activated the 'command mode'
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Conversation is activated by selecting the mouth icon in command mode.
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum Exploring the countryside. The other character on screen is a bad guy. I cannot move because I am blocked in

Alternate Titles

  • "Ultra Realm" -- working title

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair Jul, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Crash! Jul, 1989 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Jul, 1989 73 out of 100 73


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References to the game

Although not in Times of Lore itself, the game is mentioned in Ultima V by a 'Christopher' in one of the Brittannys surrounding Lord British's castle. 'Christopher' says it will be quite a masterpiece and hopes you purchase it when he sends it off to the printing presses.
Kabushi (153545) added Times of Lore (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 06, 2004
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