As President of the 'no way is Knight Lore the worst game in the world ever (Didn't the knight lore haters ever play Jack and the beanstalk on the Speccy ?)' fan club....
(Deep breath !)
Imagine the year 1984, some gems on home computers but a lot of crap, cassette covers showing you slaying a dragon, you load the game up and you're an asterisk trying to defeat a capital D ! 'Great' basic games.
You kept looking over at your cousins Atari console and you got quite jealous, then the decent games started appearing on your little old Speccy, Jet Pac (yeah have that Atari owner !), Manic Miner (amazing !) and more. Then something special happened. A game appeared which blew you away, it looked amazing, yeah you might not have a clue what you do and you spend most of your time 'finding new rooms' but either way it just looked like a mini movie !
You loaded up Knight Lore and wow - Looked stunning. Again you just find rooms but damn it looks so good and look, he turns into a werewolf ! It was even okay when everything slowed down in some rooms when there were too many sprites. Plus Knight Lore had power, this was the game you showed to your C64 best mate when he joked about the Speccy, 'hello ? have you got this ? Nope you haven't as the C64 cant run this type of game....' for a few months i had the power over my C64 mate !
Years later do i go back and try to play it for hours on end ? Nope, like a fair few retro games i'll load it up for 5 minutes, get those rose tinted memories and then go back to it in another few months or so.
Again at the time Knight Lore was incredible, looked amazing. Sabre Wulf 'we' all loved, Underwurlde was decent and now this, just amazing. I dont blame Ultimate for quickly releasing Alien 8 as it would have been criminal to just release one filmation game like Knight Lore.
And that m'lud is why Knight Lore is never ever the worst game in the history of the world !