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aka: Fairlight: A Prelude
Moby ID: 14853
ZX Spectrum Specs


The land of Fairlight no longer lives up to its name, its culture and society having declined over centuries. The former ruler's castle Avars is shrouded in mystery, and Isvar chooses to investigate it. Unfortunately, he finds himself trapped in a mysterious castle from which he must escape.

Viewed isometrically, Isvar's adventure features complex object manipulation: each object has its own physical properties and resultant characteristics in terms of how much else can be carried alongside it. The castle is guarded and full of trolls, who can weaken Isvar's energy - food and wine can restore it.

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Credits (ZX Spectrum version)

14 People (9 developers, 5 thanks)

Storyline by
With assistance from
Graphics by
Graphics made possible by
  • The Artist
  • Grax
Music by
  • Alphinwood
  • Ricksoft
Many thanks to
  • Martin
  • Robert
  • Alan
  • and friends
Thanks for the time off
  • Xcellent Software
Cover artwork



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1001 Video Games

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

Copy protection

The initial release of the game didn't load on 128K systems, because the copy protection relied on writing to exact memory addresses, which weren't used in the same way on the bigger systems. Within a few months The Edge released an enhanced 128K version.

References to the game

It was from this game that the legendary cracker and demo group Fairlight took its name.


In a piece of astonishing greed and pettiness, The Edge scuppered the partially-completed PC remake of this game in 2003, so as not to damage sales of their mobile phone based remake.


This was the first ever game made in Sweden to make a notable impact abroad.

ZX Spectrum 128K version

The ZX Spectrum 128K version introduced music and added some new secret locations.

Information also contributed by Игги Друге and Apogee IV


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

Commodore 64 added by Lucefin. Amstrad PCW added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Patrick Bregger, mailmanppa, FatherJack.

Game added September 17, 2004. Last modified April 3, 2024.