Title Defender of the Crown Game Type Adventure Publisher Cinemaware Players 1 Compatibility OCS/ECS KS1.3 HD Installable No Submission Keith Scroggins (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review Its the time of Robin Hood! The Normans vs the Saxons. You play as one of a choice of 4 Saxons, each with their strong points and weaknesses. Your quest is to conquer all of Britain. The computer controls 2 other Saxons and 3 Normans. While the Normans rarely attack each other, the same is not true for the Saxons, watch your back, your own allies will turn on you! The game has a few different play elements. The basic object is to take over all of Britain by capturing the home castle of each leader. Once you capture the home castle, all of the territory owned by that person comes under your control. But to get that far you have to conquer the territories on the way. You do this with a campaign army made up of soldiers, knights, and catapults. Besides fighting other armies, and taking castles, players also conduct raids and participate in jousts. In a joust, you can either play for fame or 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. All game control is done by using the mouse, no joystick is used at all. Most of the control of the game takes place at a screen showing a map of Britain with the different territories and castles shown. When an attack takes place, another screen is shown where your soldiers and the opposing army are shown fighting, and you are given a few different options for attack style. For a joust, you are placed at a screen where the other rider is coming toward you and the player must place the lance in the right place to knock the challenger off the horse. And finally for the raid, a player is pitted against an enemy in a side scrolling sword fight to either get the gold, or save the kidnapped lady. As with all other CinemaWare games, beautifully drawn intermissions and cut scenes are included. This is a very early Amiga game, one that many retailers used to show off the system. For the time the hand drawn graphics are beautiful. This is one of my favorite all time games. The gameplay is nowhere near what we have today, but it is a must play for everyone who owns an Amiga it will run on. One problem with the game is that once you beat it, it will probably just get shelved, it doesn't have enough elements to keep up its re-playability.