Time Lord (NES)

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Time Lord
Time Lord - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Rare Ltd.

Time Lord is a side-scrolling action-platform video game developed by Rare and published by Milton Bradley Company for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in North America in September 1990 and in Europe in 1991.

In the year 2999, Earth is under siege by aliens from the planet Drakkon. Using time travel technology, they have sent armies to four periods in human history, with the intention of altering history to make humankind easier to conquer in the present. The player assumes control of the "Time Lord", who has until January 1, 3000 AD to vanquish the enemy in the past, or else, he will self-destruct along with the time machine.


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The title screen.

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For 1990, David Wise of Battletoads and Donkey Kong Country fame did a good job, creating this simple time traveling soundtrack to go along with the game.

The song titles and track orderings come from the NSFE file.

To write music on the NES, David had to write the music in 6502 assembly language.


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There are issues with the timing of this recording.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen / Ending David Wise 0:35
02 Time Zones 1 & 6: MB Research Center (2999) David Wise 3:00
03 Time Zone 2: Castle Harman (1250) David Wise 3:00
04 Boss Battle David Wise 3:00
05 Time Zone 3: Dead Man's Gulch (1860) David Wise 3:00
06 Time Zone 4: The Dora Marie (1650) David Wise 3:00
07 Time Zone 5: Front Line Trenches (1943) David Wise 3:00
08 Game Over David Wise 0:05
09 Name Entry / High Scores David Wise 3:00


(Source: Verification from composer; game lacks credits.)

Like most of Rare's NES games, this one does not contain credits. According to various staff at Rare, this was to prevent their employees from job offers from other companies. We have contacted David Wise who has verified composing the game's soundtrack. Mark Betteridge may have also been responsible for the game's sound effects.

Game Rip



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Ripping NSF music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game uses the NES's RP2A03. It uses the later revision of Rare's sound driver, originally created by Rare founder Chris Stamper and modified by Mark Betteridge.


  USA.svg   USA
Time Lord - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Time Lord
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-08-??
Publisher: Milton Bradley Company
  EU.svg   EU
Time Lord - NES - EU.jpg
Title: Time Lord
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Hasbro International, Inc.