Times of Lore (C64)

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Times of Lore
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Platform: Commodore 64
Year: 1988
Developer: Origin Systems, Inc.
Buy: Amazon
For other versions of this game see Times of Lore

Times of Lore is an action adventure game using a top-down view. You play either a knight, valkyrie, or barbarian who is searching for a way to bring order to the kingdom of Albareth which has slowly fallen into chaos. In order to do this, you must seek out knowledgeable people to give you advice and send you on quests to vanquish the source of the chaos.

Although the setting suggests an RPG, the game is actually a simplified action game. Dialogue is light, you don't have any stats to increase, combat consists of mashing the same button over and over, and there are only a handful of items to collect in the game. Despite its flaws, the game does feature a game world which, at the time, was unprecedented in size. You could move about the entire map freely without loading or having to go in and out of separate town maps.

The Commodore 64 release is the original version of the game.


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The title carved into stone.

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The first page of the game's opening story.

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Choosing my class.

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Waking up at the starting inn.

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The Commodore 64 release has music comparable to the AdLib soundtrack of the DOS release, only with a slightly more "chippy" sound. While the music is very listenable and fitting for the genre, it was poorly executed. Due to the game being so processor intensive, it wasn't able to handle processing music as well. All the music of the game is played at the beginning and ending of the game, but you only get sound effects during actual gameplay.

Galway had the following to say about the sound effects in the game:

I remember I squeezed the code & data for 25 sound-effects into 923 bytes - not bad, eh?


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Martin GalwayMartin Galway 9:12
02 Story, Part 1 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 1:49
03 Story, Part 2 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 1:53
04 Story, Part 3 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 0:48
05 Story, Part 4 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 1:53
06 Story, Part 5 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 1:40
07 Story, Part 6 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 1:15
08 Story, Part 7 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 1:42
09 Character Selection Martin GalwayMartin Galway 3:27
10 Ending, Part 1 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 3:17
11 Ending, Part 2 Martin GalwayMartin Galway 4:30


(Source: Manual)

Game Rip






The tracks have been recorded in the same order that they appear in the SID file. They were recorded with SIDPlay 2 for foobar2000 v1.25.


  USA.svg   USA
Times of Lore - C64 - USA.jpg
Title: Times of Lore
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-12-??
Publisher: Origin Systems, Inc.
  UK.svg   UK
Times of Lore - C64 - UK.jpg
Title: Times of Lore
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-12-??
Publisher: MicroProse Software, Inc.


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Notable Songs Title
Notable Personnel Martin Galway
Notable Companies Origin Systems