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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.

Screenshots

Times of Lore Apple II This rogue does not want to talk... Probably because he is a rogue and would rather rob us instead.
Times of Lore Apple II Title
Times of Lore Amstrad CPC Loading screen.
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum It is possible to play the game without loading a character by loading straight from the 'game' side of the tape. Then the game loads straight to this screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ultra Realm" -- working title

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User Reviews

An okay game, but kind of annoying mechanics. DOS Mirrorshades2k (282)
An Ultima-inspired RPG that performs adequately. DOS Trixter (9125)
Plays more like Gauntlet than an RPG DOS Pix (1221)
One of the most inspiring atmospheres of Lord British's catle ! DOS Henry Aloni (64)
A neat game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4646)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 68 out of 100 68
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 67 out of 100 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 67 out of 100 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Mar, 1989 59 out of 100 59
Questicle.net NES Oct, 2013 C- 42
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Jan, 1989 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

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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