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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 Another voodoo statuette of life awaiting to be picked.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum DJ Wulf playin': "Megablast (Hip Hop on Precinct 13)".
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum The potion is complete.
Knight Lore ZX Spectrum I think <i>Fantasia</i> was a mark and transversal as an artistic influence. The cauldron gives you a holographic image of the missing object. But beware, do not come here as the <i>Wulf</i>!!!.

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Alternate Titles

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

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 10 out of 10 100
Sinclair Programs ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 99 out of 100 99
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 94 out of 100 94
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Nov, 1985 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1985 31 out of 40 78
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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