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Knight Lore   [2018]

Knight Lore Released by :
Rod & Emu

Release Date :
6 October 2018

Type :
C64 Game

Knight Lore - Full Z80 Conversion

User rating:**********  9.9/10 (23 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... Emu of Rod & Emu
Music .... Saul Cross of RGCD
Graphics .... STE'86

SIDs used in this release :
Knight Lore(/MUSICIANS/C/Cross_Saul/Knight_Lore.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by emu on 7 March 2019
New version now available: Knight Lore V1.10
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Submitted by MMS_Z on 8 January 2019
Fantastic release! Really nice to see such a gem appeared on Commodores too.

Next to the game also I have to tell (as an amateur graphician), STE made a fantastic job again! That title screen itself could go for a compo... Just check out and compare to Spectrum or other versions. Wow!

I hope the Plus/4 version once will have the same (or even better palette :-) ) version of this title screen. Eyecandy!
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Submitted by d0c on 7 January 2019
this is just awesome, i have been waiting for this game since the demo from 2011.
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Submitted by emu on 23 October 2018
Many thanks for all your comments.

All the big hitting routines are optimised. The optimisations are mainly rolled out and self modified code. But the integrity and flow of the original Z80 code is maintained. That’s where it gets its speed from.

Knight Lore & Pentagram share a lot of code. Night Shade less so but Gunfright does share a lot of code with Night Shade so a faster version of Night Shade based on our Gunfright conversion is possible but I doubt we’ll ever look at that one.
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Submitted by Stakker on 22 October 2018
Wow, this is incredible! As I'm both a C64 and MSX user, this truly warms my heart :-) Ultimate games have a very special feel to them, which I still love.

How the hell did you make it run so fast? Does it share some code with Night Shade BTW?
User Comment
Submitted by Yogibear on 10 October 2018
Excellent release!
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Submitted by Brataccas on 8 October 2018
Wow, performance is pretty amazing on stock 64. Great conversion.
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Submitted by Ghost on 7 October 2018
Thanx for this great game!
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Submitted by GeoAnas on 7 October 2018
Amazing! Thanks!
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Submitted by Joe on 7 October 2018
Wow! Nice!
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Submitted by polluks on 7 October 2018
Well done!
But a loading screen after loading?
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Submitted by Raistlin on 7 October 2018
Awesome work! Can’t imagine how much was involved in doing this.

Also credit to all the cracking groups who did the very difficult job of linking an intro and adding a doc file to the release .. it’s a little easier to imagine the “work” they’ve done ;-)
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Submitted by Dr.j on 7 October 2018
i don't know what is the technical issues to convert a full game from Z80 to C64 conversion , i believe a plenty , but its a hell of impressive job! thank you so much for that !!
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Submitted by TheRyk on 6 October 2018
what everybody sez
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Submitted by wfking on 6 October 2018
Topnotch release. Thank you very much.
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Submitted by hedning on 6 October 2018
Great work!
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Submitted by Jammer on 6 October 2018
Wow! I thought it's going to be commercial release ;)
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Submitted by G-Force on 6 October 2018
Class release of a class game.(:-)
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Submitted by JackAsser on 6 October 2018
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Submitted by Dymo on 6 October 2018
Impressive, one game I played a lot back in the day :)
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Submitted by chatGPZ on 6 October 2018
impressive work!
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Submitted by emu on 6 October 2018
Knight Lore C64, full Z80 conversion is now available for download.

Many thanks to Mariusz for the Re-Complier, optimisations and help. Saul for the music and STE for the loading screen picture.

This is I believe the first, full Z80 to 6502 conversion of Knight Lore and includes all of the features from the original Spectrum game (plus a few more!)

The performance of the game is very good and in line with the other 8 bit versions released in the 80’s and faster than some of them…For example, compared to the Amstrad version this version is faster in all the screens I tested (busy and non-busy). It’s faster than the BBC B version in a lot of the busy screens and slightly faster than the Spectrum & MSX versions in the non-busy screens. It does slow down a bit in the busy screens but all the other version do as well. Play it on a C128 in C64 mode and it’s fastest of them all.

To help to even out the speed difference between the busy and non-busy screens there is an option to Lock the Maximum Game Speed (FPS) in the Setting & Cheat Screen in the Front End. (This option won’t slow down the busy screens at all on a stock machine). It will default to On if an accelerated machine is detected. It will also default to On if a C128 has been detected (The C128 version was running too fast for the sound fx to keep up!). There are a number of different speeds that can be selected or it can be switched off altogether.

All the instructions including controls details are in the View Instructions & Info Screens option on the front end title screen.

Native C128 Vic II & VDC and Plus4 versions and source code will follow.
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