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Description

The ACG amulet (a reference to Ultimate's formal name of Ashby Computers and Graphics), has been split into four pieces, which are located in different parts of a jungle, and you're the intrepid explorer sent to locate them.

The game takes place on a large map, and the viewed area often includes section which overlap and can't be reached directly, due to the huge shrubs and trees which are used as borders.

The gameplay has many similarities to Ultimate's earlier Atic Atac title (even though they charged almost twice as much for it). It combines shooting (creatures such as spiders and hippos are among the many ferocious delights on show), and puzzle solving, largely involving manoeuvring objects. Once you run out of lives, the game tells you the percentage completed; chances are you'll be surprised that hours of exploration only cover half of it.

Screenshots

Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum The entrance to the cave which leads to the <i>Underwurlde</i>
Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum The Mountains are the dwelling place of the <i>Wulf</i>.
<br> - C'mon boy! Get over here you stupid!
Sabre Wulf Commodore 64 A pretty lake
Sabre Wulf Commodore 64 The purple bits border the whole game

Promo Images

Sabre Wulf Other as Poster.
Sabre Wulf Other

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Micro 7 ZX Spectrum Oct, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Personal Computer Games BBC Micro Feb, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 13 out of 20 65
Pixel ZX Spectrum Nov, 1984 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored
MicroHobby ZX Spectrum Nov 13, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

References to the game

  • Sabreman, the protagonist of this game, makes a cameo in Banjo-Tooie. In the level Hailfire Peaks, he can be seen frozen holding the lost amulet right outside the train station on the icy side. Also, the combination for Superstash's safe is 1984, the year Sabre Wulf was released.
  • The Aphex Twin song Carn Marth from the Richard D. James Album features sampled tape data noise from Sabre Wulf's loading screen.

Sales

The Spectrum version alone sold over 350,000 copies, making this one of the most successful 8-bit games of all times.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #2 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (ZX Spectrum version)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #46 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
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