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Description

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 NES Actions menu and an attempt to conversation
Times of Lore DOS The Knight character. (CGA mode with RGBI monitor)
Times of Lore Amiga Battling a green monster
Times of Lore ZX Spectrum The story is explained in a series of eight story-board screens

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ultra Realm" -- working title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

An okay game, but kind of annoying mechanics. DOS Mirrorshades2k (282)
An Ultima-inspired RPG that performs adequately. DOS Trixter (9116)
Plays more like Gauntlet than an RPG DOS Pix (1234)
One of the most inspiring atmospheres of Lord British's catle ! DOS Henry Aloni (64)
A neat game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)

Critic Reviews

Power Play Atari ST 1989 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 68 out of 100 68
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Mar, 1989 59 out of 100 59
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 12 58
Questicle.net NES Oct, 2013 C- 42
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Retroguiden Commodore 64 Jul 18, 2013 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Game Art Beyond

In 2018, Times of Lore was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Times of Lore was honoured with a high resolution title picture (based on the Amiga title screen artwork) in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new C64 SID interpretation of the iconic C64 original title score.

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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