The Commodore 64 version of Ultimate‘s classic Sabre Wulf was made by Greg Duddle of Mr. Micro for Firebird Software, who published the game in 1985.
The BBC Micro version of Ultimate Play The Game‘s classic Sabre Wulf is so chunky and garish that it hurts the eyes! That said: it plays well enough.
By the time Pentagram came out in 1986, famous development and publishing house – Ultimate Play The Game – had been sold off to US Gold. How much of Pentagram was therefore down to Ultimate‘s designers, and how much was down to US Gold‘s programmers, is still a matter for debate. Most likely, Pentagram was a construct of US Gold, with Ultimate providing only the initial ideas, graphics and game engine (the famous Filmation Engine).
Knight Lore for the Famicom Disk System was developed by Tose Co. Ltd. for Jaleco with the blessing of its original creators, Rare. It was published only in Japan in 1986.
The MSX version of Knight Lore was developed by Tose Co. Ltd. for Jaleco and published in Europe and Japan in 1985.
The Amstrad CPC version of Ultimate‘s famous Knight Lore is the best-looking version, in my opinion.
Legendary developer Ultimate Play The Game gave good support to the BBC Micro, releasing many of their iconic games on the platform.
Ultimate Play The Game‘s iconic seventh release for the ZX Spectrum was first released in 1984.
Sabre Wulf is a colourful maze/action game, and was the first game to feature the lead character Sabreman.
Gameplay is frenetic and simple – the idea is you have to fight your way (with a sword) through a jungle maze in order to find four pieces of an amulet, which will open the exit (found in the middle of the map), and escape. The titular Sabre Wulf – a blue-coloured wolf found prowling a set area of the jungle – has to be avoided at all costs as it cannot be defeated.
Fondly remembered – like most Ultimate games – Sabre Wulf also prompted a wave of clones from other software developers, as was the case with pretty much every Ultimate game at the time.
Still a great little game to play now though, with lovely, colourful graphics and jolly sound. A classic!
Ultimate Play The Game‘s Underwurlde was first released on the ZX Spectrum in 1984 and was the company’s eighth release (actually a simultaneous release with Knight Lore), and the third game featuring the lead character ‘Sabreman’ (Sabre Wulf and Knight Lore being the other two).
Although somewhat difficult and frustrating to play, Underwurlde is fondly-remembered (and still played now), due to its Ultimate pedigree, and also the fact that it is beautifully-programmed and designed.