- Defender of the crown -
In the year 1149 the king
of England returned from the holy land and he knighted six warriors who
helped him in his quest. They were awarded land and a castle for their bravery.
One of these lords now rides towards Sherwood forest to visit Robin of Locksley
but when you do Robin tells you that the king was assasinated. Without an
heir the kingdom will now face civil war with Normans and Saxons fighting
against each other over total control of the land.
You start by selecting one out of four saxon lords each with his own speciality
like jousting, leadership or swordplay. For new players you can best select
Wilfred of Ivanhoe because he is the best allround player. The game starts
at the beginning of each month and you collect the taxes from the lands
you control. Every lord has his own castle and from there you can deploy
soldier to take control of nearby land. Every piece of land has a different
income so it's important to view the specifications before you try and take
it over. Obviously the better patches of land will require more effort to
keep because the other lords will try and take it as well. Taking over lands
that have no castle is a simple case of beating the army that resides in
it or simply taking it if it has no army but castles are a different thing.
You first need at least one catapult so siege a castle and you can use boulders
to break down the walls and fire and desease to kill enemy soldiers before
going into battle. Remember that breaking down the walls is very important
because if your army has to attack while the wall is still partly up they
will have a much more difficult time in battle. To help you out Robin has
pledged his help to you three times and you can visit him in Sherwood forest
before a battle to ask for his aid.
From the main screen you can also select other options like hiring soldiers,
raid an enemy castle and holding tournaments. You must hire soldiers to
increase your armies and you can select from footsoldiers and mounted soldiers,
these are very effective againt footsoldiers but they cost eight times as
much. Raiding an enemy castle is done mainly for profit and is done by facing
enemy guards in single combat. If you are captured you'll have to bribe
them with half of your total gold so be carefull not to do this when you're
coffers are loaded with gold. Occasionally you find that an enemy lord has
kidnapped an allied lady and you can rescue her, fail and you'll be captured
but win and you not only win the heart of the lady but you'll also gain
control of all lands her father owns. Refusing to rescue her is considered
unchivalrous and will lead to a serious decrease in morale of your troops.
Finally jousting tournaments are held to increase your fame and boosting
troop morale or you can joust for land.
Defender of the Crown was the first game from Cinemaware but it contains
all the hallmarks that the company was famous for, great graphics and a
mix of gameplay contained in several minigames. Recently it was released
as a remake with improved graphics and also an entirely new version called
Robin hood: defender of the crown. The Atari ST and Apple versions look
almost as good as the Amiga but with the changes and additions made to the
game mechanics they are the recommended ones. Though not without some flaws
the original game holds up very well to this day and I consider it to be
a true classic.
Overal rating: 9/10
This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Game has been tested but not completed with the ActiveGSapp R4.
There is a limit to how far you can move in one turn on the map unlike
the other versions.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
This is the very first version as some gameplay mechanics are different.
You can buy armies without losing a turn, castle bombarding is very
easy by using the mouse and you can only throw boulders and a couple
of other details are different.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
This version is French but otherwise is not very different from the
Game has been tested but not completed with SainT v1.10.
I think there's a bug in the game because I attacked a castle with
25 troops, tore the wall down and the two, yes TWO, defenders beat
all my 25 men and won! It only happened once though.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
As far as I know this is the only version to show nudity. In the sequence
where you rescue the maiden and she falls in love with you see her
taking her dress off. Why this is only in the C64 version is a mystery.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
This version supports CGA and EGA graphics. It will ask you to insert reel
two when starting the game but you don't need to do this, just press any
key to continue.
Game has been tested but not completed with FCE ultra v0.98.12.
The swordfighting sequence is changed and you have to fight four guards
instead of two. Also graphically it doesn't look as good as the others.
of the game released in 2003 for windows and gameboy advance. This
is the digital remake and sports improved graphics but the gameplay
remains the same. The game is very new so it's not available here.
Date added ||
Defender of the crown
First released ||
Amstrad CPC, filesize: 251 Kb|
Apple, filesize: 708 Kb
Atari ST, filesize: 478 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 185 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 739 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 629 Kb
Nintendo Entertainment System, filesize: 124 Kb
Cinemaware - Official
homepage of cinemaware |
, filesize: 477 Kb|
Zip contains the scanned manual from the NES.
Solve / Docs ||
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