DescriptionThe 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.
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|Personal Computer Games||ZX Spectrum||Aug, 1984||10 out of 10||100|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Commodore 64||Feb, 1986||9 out of 10||90|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||ZX Spectrum||Dec, 1986||8.75 out of 10||88|
|Micro 7||ZX Spectrum||Oct, 1984||83|
|Sinclair User||ZX Spectrum||Aug, 1984||8 out of 10||80|
|Personal Computer Games||BBC Micro||Feb, 1985||8 out of 10||80|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||ZX Spectrum||Oct 18, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|Computer Gamer||Commodore 64||Jan, 1986||40|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Jul, 1984||Unscored||Unscored|
|MicroHobby||ZX Spectrum||Nov 13, 1984||Unscored||Unscored|
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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.
SalesThe Spectrum version alone sold over 350,000 copies, making this one of the most successful 8-bit games of all times.
- 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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