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Sabreman’s second game (following Sabre Wulf and preceding Knight Lore and Pentagram) finds him trapped in an underground cavern network, split into nearly 600 side-viewed screens. There are three ways to escape, each protected by a guardian who can be killed using one of the three major weapons you can locate – a dagger, a torch and a knife.

As you explore the levels, you will encounter randomly-moving nasties, who can’t kill you but can knock you off your path and cause you to fall. Eagles can grab and drop you in mid-air. Falls of much more than a screen’s height cost you a life, although extra ones are available. Jewels can be collected for temporary invincibility.

The game’s screens are functionally split into Castle and Caverns, with the castle screens higher up. Moving across the castles involves a lot of blind jumps, often deliberately bouncing off fortuitously-placed objects such as flower pots. In the caverns, use a rope to hook onto the ceilings and move up and down – if you have found it. How many screens deep you are is noted on screen at all times.


Underwurlde ZX Spectrum Blue crystals give temporary invulnerability.
Underwurlde ZX Spectrum Most of the screens is a underground caves.
Underwurlde ZX Spectrum The game's menu offers a choice of controllers
Underwurlde ZX Spectrum Bosses have a weakness to only one type of weapon, and are immune to others.

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Sinclair Programs Jan, 1985 98 out of 100 98
Crash! Jan, 1985 92 out of 100 92
Personal Computer Games Jan, 1985 9 out of 10 90
ZX Computing Apr, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1985 35 out of 40 88
Sinclair User Feb, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Popular Computing Weekly Nov 22, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Computer Jan, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 (UK) Oct 08, 2007 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1987 8.2 out of 12 68


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This is the only Ultimate title not featured in the Collected Works compilation on the Spectrum. This is believed to be due to difficulties in getting it to run on +3 disks.

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Martin Smith (76080) added Underwurlde (ZX Spectrum) on Jan 18, 2008
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