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Times of Lore

aka: Ultra Realm

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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.

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Credits (Commodore 64 version)

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Game Art Beyond

In 2018, Times of Lore was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Times of Lore was honoured with a high resolution title picture (based on the Amiga title screen artwork) in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new C64 SID interpretation of the iconic C64 original title score.

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.

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  • World of Spectrum
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  • ZX-Art - online archive of pixel art and 8-bit music
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  • MobyGames ID: 762


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by George Shannon.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. NES added by JRK. ZX Spectrum added by Kabushi. Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Alaka, Malte Mundt, ZeTomes.

Game added January 20th, 2000. Last modified March 9th, 2023.