Back in the golden age of video gaming, when the machine of choice was the rubber-keyed masterpiece that was the ZX Spectrum, a British developer by the name of Ultimate was extremely well known for turning out a roster of darn fine games. One such game - and also one that is possibly one of the most memorable Speccy titles of all time - was a 2D maze-like adventure by the name of Sabre Wulf. A good number of years on, the company has now become the much-loved Rare who, not wanting to let such a game die, has seen fit to remake it for the Game Boy Advance.
In much the same way as the classic from which it draws its inspiration, Sabre Wulf on GBA tells how a mysterious stranger has arrived in the tranquil village of Blackwyche and shattered the fabled Sabre Wulf amulet. This dastardly deed has subsequently unleashed the savage 'Wulf itself from long years of imprisonment and brought with it fear and panic to the world, meaning that it's once again up to veteran explorer Sabreman to track down and recapture his most fearsome nemesis.
In the game you take on the role of said hero as you embark upon the quest to recover the pieces of the shattered amulet, which have been spread throughout an expansive game world. Standing in your way are a host of obstacles and traps, set both by your enemies and Sabre Wulf itself, that demand the use of a combination of skill and wits, as well as the use of many of the game's creatures.
Which brings us to one of Sabre Wulf's key gameplay elements: scattered throughout the numerous levels is a veritable menagerie of fantastical creatures that you need to collect, before learning how to use each of their unique powers and talents in order to progress through the game. Uncovering buried treasure and cash is one way to go about this, as you can then use them to trade in for the creatures, as well as things like armour and other useful items.
With the inclusion of the now customary roster of mini games, as well as a novel little photography feature, Sabre Wulf is a worthy addition to your GBA collection, whether you're old enough to remember the original or not (and we'd guess not in most cases).