Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood
DOS - 1991
Also available on: Amiga
Description of Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood
Despite being released at a time when Sierra dominated the world of adventure games, Conquests of the Longbow is still one of their lesser known games. This is because it was released in 1991 alongside nearly 20 other games including the VGA re-releases of such classics as Police Quest and Space Quest.
There were two games in the ‘Conquests’ series of historical adventure games and Conquest of the Longbow followed on from Conquests of Camelot. Once again designed by Christy Marx, it featured a highly detailed world and focused of the legend of Robin Hood. In this world there is magic and a somewhat questionable history. In reality, ‘Good’ King Richard had little connection to the country he ruled, waging war in far-off lands and preferring to spend his time in France. ‘Evil’ Prince John would eventually sign the Magna Carta meaning Kings were finally subject to English law. Despite this, the story is strong and the elements of fact and fantasy blend well and remain thoroughly engaging throughout the game.
The game takes place over 13 days. Each day you encounter a series of problems to overcome and in doing so uncover a plot against King Richard who is being held captive by King Leopold of Austria. It seems Prince John is trying to prevent Richard’s release, and you must stop this. As with its predecessor, some of these problems only seem to exist purely for copy protection reasons.
The highlight is the game’s ending. Without giving too much away, the way in which you deal with the problems each day will have an effect on how the game ends. This feature was way ahead of its time back when adventure games were fairly linear and really makes this game worth playing, even today.
Review By Richard
How to play Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood
- Create a new folder for the game e.g. C:\OLDGAMES\LONGBOW
- Extract the contents of the Zipfile to the game folder
- In DOSBox mount the folder - ‘mount c c:\OLDGAMES\LONGBOW’ press ENTER
- Then - ‘C:’ press ENTER
- Run the game – ‘ROBIN3’ press ENTER
Comments and reviews
Michelle 2017-12-05 0 point
This is a truly excellent game. The story is interesting and well-researched. The puzzle, and even the proprietary tests, are integrated into the plot very well. I would recommend this to anyone who loves, say, King's Quest. In many ways, it's better.
neorb 2017-02-27 1 point DOS version
D - U - I - R is the secret password to the druid's oak tree.
SERIOUS SAM 2014-06-30 2 points DOS version
I like the idea of having multiple options at hand.
You could kill the guy in your way. If not then sweet talk, bribe, or just point your bow to threaten him!
The most funny part is DISGUISES. Get a beggar's clothes and make Robin Hood beg to the castle guard and get kicked in the stomach! Ouch!
IMPRESSIVE...! A MUST FOR ANY MONKEY ISLAND LOVER.
Hovie 2014-06-24 2 points DOS version
OH MY GOD!!!
If Conquests of Camelot was an enthralling adventure, Conquests of the Longbow had me playing nine-men's-morris on a daily bases. At the time, I played it on my Tandy 1000 TL2, with only 16 color EGA graphics. I'm SO excited about having the chance to play it in FULL 256 color VGA!!!
Thank you so much for allowing me to relive some very happy memories. :D
Amber 2014-06-16 1 point DOS version
This is a fantastic game! I played and adored Conquests of Camelot as a kid and somehow never knew of this one until much later in life. What I most love about the two Conquests games is how they require you to do some thinking and research to solve some puzzles and riddles (one of my favorite parts!), and generally be a nice person in order to win (though it's fun to try some of the alternate approaches, too). This game ranks really high on my list (right up there with KQ: VI) of the best DOS games.
Noc 2013-09-29 2 points DOS version
One of the most memorable adventure games ever for me.
Great story, immersive plot and puzzles, and multiple outcomes based on your decisions through the game.
Highly recommended if you like adventure gaming!
woodstrapper 2013-03-29 1 point DOS version
I remember this to be a fun game, not too challenging but nice to play.
The game is more of a puzzle than an action game. That is probably why I like it.
There is an excellent game of Nine-man Morris in the tavern scene. Save just before you talk to the old man and you can play over and over again.
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