Defender of The Crown
DOS - 1987
Description of Defender of The Crown
Defender of The Crown is unquestionably Cinemaware's best game, and one of the best Amiga games ever released (although the PC version offers no less gameplay, it pales in comparison to the vibrant graphics and amazing soundtrack of the Amiga version).
What makes this game a classic is the masterful blend of action, adventure, and strategy game elements. The basic object is to take over all of medieval Britain by capturing the home castle of each leader. You do this with a campaign army made up of soldiers, knights, and catapults. Besides fighting other armies and taking over their castles, you can also conduct raids and participate in jousts, which can be played either for fame or for land. In a raid, you can raid a rivals castle for gold, or if the chance arrives, rescue a Saxon maiden who will become your wife.
If there is any criticism that can be leveled against this excellent game, it is that the action elements are sometimes too difficult-- jousting experienced opponents can be a chore, as can the side-scrolling sword fights that take place during the raid or maiden rescue. Aside from this minor complaint, Defender of The Crown is one of the most atmospheric and truly cinematic games you'll likely find. As with all other Cinemaware games, beautifully drawn intermissions and cutscenes are included.
We have the rarer EGA version of the game released by Mirrorsoft which puts it on par with the Commodore 64 version, with vibrant graphics and the same gameplay that we all know and love. Two thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
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Screenshots from MobyGames.com / Platform: Apple IIgs
Comments and reviews
Zembar 2016-01-12 4 points
Jousting is the easiest. Press left direction and followed by down a number of times. Just press left arrow key 7 times for all the rounds. Press down arrow key once for 1st round. 3 times down for second round and 5 times down for third round.
jay dee 2015-08-01 1 point DOS version
@ amigaboy of course it looks shitty its the ega version,where is the vga version?but as most people on this site know graphics dont make the game.i have not played this version only the vga
chris 2015-06-29 0 point DOS version
another fantastic classic, but the Jousting... I can STILL remember how impossible it was. Just accept that you will lose and move on.
AmigaBoy 2014-12-27 1 point DOS version
Never realized how shitty the PC-version of this looked compared to the Amiga. They were streets ahead at the time but Commodore frittered it all away, alas.
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