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Our hero must reach Melkhior, a somewhat eccentric wizard who is the only one who can save him. As with most Ultimate titles of the day, reaching him is a long and treacherous challenge, involving both puzzle-solving and action, meaning that each screen requires thorough planning and precise navigation.

The game uses the isometric viewpoint in a manner similar to the later Head Over Heels, using monochrome but detailed graphics and techniques to avoid flickering sprites. The game lasts for 40 days and nights - at night your character turns into a werewolf. Ultimate's individual style of eschewing straightforward instructions in favor of feature lists and riddles is put to good use here, with the story detailed in a rhyming poem of sorts.


Knight Lore ZX Spectrum I'll be strong enough, keep walkin'.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Do you think <i>Knights of the Round</i> had some of its inspiration on this game?
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum A surprise awaits you at the center, bellow that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" brick.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Anther puzzle... How do I get up there? Am I repeating myself or what?

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Alternate Titles

  • "ナイト・ロアー ―魔城の狼男―" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Personal Computer Games ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 10 out of 10 100
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1985 96 out of 100 96
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 94 out of 100 94
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 17 out of 20 85
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83 (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug 20, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum May, 1986 9.5 out of 12 79
Video Game Den NES 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Happy Computer ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

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


Knight Lore was released about one year after it was finished. Ultimate felt the new isometric graphics would hurt the sales of the 2D game Sabre Wulf, so they held it back.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Arcade Adventures (editorial staff choice)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #22 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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