Talk:Times of Lore

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Releases

Of the eight platforms on which Times of Lore has been released, only the NES has an accurate release date. Of the home computer games, all of them list 1988 on their title screens and in their packaging (box, manual, disk, etc.), however, 1988 is the year the copyright was filed, not the release date. By looking through various gaming magazines of the day, we can describe a more accurate release schedule.

Games

Platform Estimated Release Notes
C64 1988-12-?? Original platform
A2 1989-01-?? Listed available in February ACE
AST 1989-01-?? Listed available in February ACE
AMI 1989-02-?? Nearly identical to DOS version, probably coded/released together.
DOS 1989-02-?? Listed in March Compute!
ZXS 1989-06-?? Forecasted for June in May Sinclair User, Listed available in July Crash
CPC 1989-07-?? Reviewed in July Pilgram.
NES 1990-12-07 Accurate date from Famicom sites.

Magazine Reviews

Remember that magazines are usually released a few weeks before their release month.

Release Magazine Pages Screen Platform C64 A2 AST ZXS AMI DOS CPC NES
1989-01-?? ACE 37 None Imminent No Mention Forecast: 1989-01 Imminent Forecast: 1989-01 No Mention Imminent No Mention
1989-01-?? Computer & Video Games 104-105 C64 For Sale No Mention Imminent Imminent Imminent Imminent Imminent No Mention
1989-01-?? Computer Gaming World 59-60 None For Sale For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1989-01-?? Games Machine ? C64 For Sale No Mention Forecast 1989-01 Imminent Forecast 1989-01 No Mention Imminent No Mention
1989-02-?? ACE 83-84 AMI For Sale For Sale For Sale Forecast: 1989-02 Imminent Forecast: 1989-02 Forecast: 1989-02 No Mention
1989-03-?? Atari ST User 46-47 AST No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1989-03-?? Compute! 70-71 A2 For Sale For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention No Mention
1989-04-?? Page 6 68-69 None No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1989-05-?? Sinclair User 87 ZXS No Mention No Mention No Mention Forecast: 1989-06 No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1989-05-?? Your Sinclair 90 ZXS No Mention No Mention No Mention Imminent No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1989-07-?? Crash 24-25 ZXS No Mention No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1989-07-?? Pilgram 72 CPC No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention
1989-07-?? Sinclair User 56 ZXS Before Christmas 1988 No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention

Magazine Ads

Times of Lore had two primary ads, an early one for the C64 release, and then a later one for the rest of the platforms. A couple other customized ones were released as well. Advertisements are not a good indicator of a game's release since ads often appear long before the product is available. Case in point, ads for the ZXS release came out in December of 1988, but reviewers were still saying release was imminent in May of 1989.

Release Magazine Pages Screen Platform C64 A2 AST ZXS AMI DOS CPC NES
1988-09-?? Computer & Video Games 84 None For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1988-10-?? ACE 84 None For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1988-10-?? Computer & Video Games 9 None For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1988-10-?? ACE 78 None For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1988-10-?? Computer & Video Game 44 None For Sale No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention
1988-12-?? Compute's Gazette For C64 5 C64 For Sale Available No Mention No Mention No Mention Available No Mention No Mention
1989-12-?? Computer & Video Game 116 AMI, AST, C64, ZXS, CPC For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale No Mention
1989-03-?? ACE 46 AMI, AST, C64, ZXS, CPC For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale No Mention
1989-05-?? ACE 24 AMI, AST, C64, ZXS, CPC For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale No Mention
1989-07-?? Compute! 24 C64 No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention No Mention For Sale No Mention No Mention

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