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DOS - 1988

Also available on: Amiga - Atari ST - Commodore 64

Alt name Willow: The Computer Game
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Fantasy, Licensed Title, Movies
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Developer Brian A. Rice, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, 2D scrolling, Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.63
4.6 / 5 - 15 votes

Description of Willow

Willow is an oldie action game based on LucasFilm's fantasy movie of the same name starring Val Kilmer. Not a classic, but an interesting movie conversion with some nice ideas.

The game faithfully follows the movie's script, casting you as Willow, a gnome who is assigned to protect a baby destined to end the black magic reign of evil Queen Bavmorda. The game consists of five parts, all of them being completely different mini action games. The plot progresses via cut-scenes that are shown between these segments.

Sadly, none of these sub-games is executed well enough to capture anyone's interest. Technically, though, I was quite impressed by the Ice Caves part where you race down a tunnel. The graphics in that section are quite impressive for its time-- too bad the other sections just aren't as much fun.

Recommended only if you're a fan of the movie. For a better conversion, though, play the RPG of the same name that CAPCOM released in 1989 for the NES instead.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

larry 2022-01-26 0 point

indeed this game can be evaluated as a premise for today's games., while it targets to make player participate in a movie-like experience, with the help of small action sequences combined with cut-scenes.

BuddyBoy600alt 2022-01-19 0 point

Wasn't there one for Apple IIGS?

Christopher 2018-02-21 1 point DOS version

Never mind, I figured it out. I thought that I had already tried every Function key, but apparently I hadn't. The PC DOS key to exit the game is F10.

Christopher 2018-02-17 1 point DOS version

Anyone know what the keyboard controls are, or where to find the manual for the PC DOS version? I'm mainly interested in what command exits the game entirely without having to switch from DOSBox to Windows to force the program to quit.

Sam Singer 2017-07-05 0 point

I don't get all the hype about Dosbox-Turbo.
I've found out Magic-Dosbox to be working much better in comparison.
This is NOT AN AD for either of these emulator apps. You judge for yourself

Lord_Xarti 2015-04-09 0 point DOS version

Was tremendously disappointed to find this here. I was expecting NOT the NES version but the Action oriented/RPG hybrid coin-op arcade version instead. That would have been ten times more fun then this letdown.

collector rob 2008-08-01 1 point DOS version

works great on dosbox thanks

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