Times of Lore

• Publisher: Origin Systems
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1988
Code: Unknown

GFX: Unknown
Music: Martin Galway

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 80%
Our Game Rating: 88%




> TIMES OF LORE by Origin Systems

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
This was out 1000th game ending add to our site on 16/07/15.

Times of Lore is one of the most incredible games on the C64. Origin were renown for being producers of excellent RPG games on the C64, and this one is up there with the best...

Incredibly, the game loads in one part and there's a vast world to explore. This truly is one of the games that took RPG's to a new level. The game takes place in the city of Albareth. The king and his son have been missing for years, and the regent in charge of the kingdom is losing his grip. Albareth is in chaos and it's up to you to find out what has happened and to try and restore order to the once powerful kingdom.

The sprites in the game use high-res overlays to create more detailed characters and the world itself is animated and features a clever colour effect to turn day into night.

The music by Martin Galway is excellent and there are some good sound effects within the game making game play a fantastic experience...

And so the epilogue begins...

... accompanied by...

.. two lovely tunes by...

... the great MARTIN GALWAY.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played this for hours and hours as a kid, and completed it with help from some magazines. This time around I just loaded up the end sequence and jumped to the start address in the machine code to see the end.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have defeated the Evil Cleric that is behind all of the troubles, you get to see the end sequence. The ending is in the form of a few beautifully drawn storyboards while a cool Galway tune plays in the background. The story tells how you claim the medallion and become the High King. It also goes on to explain what happens on your triumphant return back home to claim the throne.


  • Neil: The game ends in the same style as it began. The game is great from start to finish. Being a huge RPG fan, I was completely satisfied with this game. 8/10.
  • Vinny: Though I haven't played this game (RPG just isn't my thing!), I can still appreciate that it's a cracking piece of work and worthy of some recognition.

    As for the ending... it's beautiful, peaceful and a suitable for the genre. Definitely a 8/10.
  • Andrew Fisher: A great ending to celebrate the milestone (1000th game ending) - Times of Lore was an amazing project and the ending is fitting.
  • Brendan Phoenix: This is the best ending we have seen for a while. It is a fitting epic like ending to an epic like game and we don't get to say that too often!
  • Gaz Spence: ...a fitting 1000th ending with its detailed dialogue and colourful pictures. Nice one.

FINAL SAY: A great end to an awesome game. Can't fault it really.

G.E. RATING: 8 / 10

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