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Strategy - Amiga - 1986 - Cinemaware

Defender of the Crown

The game is set in England in 1149 during the Middle Ages where, following the death of the king, different factions are fighting for territorial control.

The player assumes the role of a Saxon (Wilfred of Ivanhoe, Cedric of Rotherwood, Geoffrey Longsword, or Wolfric the Wild) and tries to fight off the Norman hordes and wrestle for control of England. Eventually, the player must fight for control of all territories, and potentially those controlled by other Saxons, if they have become antagonistic.

The player must amass armies and fight for control of opponents’ castles. The player may engage enemy armies in battle and loot or lay siege to opposing castles. Territories can also be won in periodic jousting contests. From time to time the player may attempt to rescue a damsel in distress and can appeal for help from the legendary bandit Robin Hood.

The game’s strategy boils down to a war of attrition as the player tries to amass larger armies than his opponents and manages to attack their territories at the right time.

Due to financial strains, Cinemaware decided to release the initial version without all the features originally planned for because of their need for revenue. Some features were partially implemented but were removed so the game could be shipped. Some additional features completed but never seen in the shipped game include flaming fireballs (launched via the catapult), more locations (more varied castles to attack), and more in-depth strategy. Some of these features were implemented in the ports of the game.

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GALLERY

DID YOU

KNOW?

When sending forth your campaign army, make sure to transfer all your troops in it and don't leave anything in your homestead castle. If your castle is being attacked, it is magically defended by the same amount of troops your campaign army is consisting of. You can transfer the remaining castle troops to your campaign army and effortlessly increase your army this way.

Editor's

REVIEW

6

Donnie Grasso

@back2oldgames

Defender of the Crown is a spectacular game for an even more spectacular platform, the Commodore Amiga. Even though time constraints meant that many features were not included in the final product, this game marked a before and after in the annals of video game history. Totally worth it!
Graphics
9.1
Sound
8.7
Story
8.3
Playability
8.9
Pros
Strategy at it's finest in the 80s
Great graphics and a good music score
Cons
Lack of all those features announced and never included in the final product
It can be too short for an experienced player
8.8