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Crossbow presents a nice alternative to another excellent light gun game found in the Atari 7800 library: Alien Brigade. Where the latter is a fast action shooter, Crossbow offers a slightly slower pace with a mild adventure game flavor to it. It is a "must have" game for the 7800.
Unfortunately, this cart does contain some flaws. You receive no acknowledgement that a level has concluded other than a bonus tacked onto your score. The joystick control is somewhat sluggish and the game becomes repetitious. Nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable arcade translation which stretches the 2600's capabilities close to the limit. A nice change of pace from the countless dull shootem' ups which are very common to this system.
The levels all vary in difficulty, as is to be expected, but none of them is impossible. This game, however, tends to lack the addictiveness level of many of the earlier Atari 2600 titles. Maybe the programmers weren't as motivated at this stage of the game because they knew that not too many people cared anymore, but whatever it was, this game, while fun, lacks that specialness seen in many of the games of the Atari 2600's peak years. Still, this game is well worth looking into if you're an Atari 2600 gamer, and it will last you a little while before you become tired of it. I'd recommend that, if you're an Atari 2600 gamer, you should get it if you can find it particularly cheap.
Atari light gun games aren't usually anything to write home about, but this one isn't half bad. In Crossbow you protect your friends as they wander across the screen by destroying various projectiles which approach them. There are numerous other harmless objects you can shoot for bonus points. The difficulty is fair, and the light gun is pretty accurate. The screens have medieval themes including castles, bridges, deserts, and volcanoes. The scenery has plenty of detail and animation, but due to the limited number of colors it can be difficult to see certain objects. You can choose the order in which you play the stages, which raises the replay value.
There are plenty of extraneous targets you could aim for, but little incentive to stray from the immediate area around the person. Still, Crossbow is challenging enough, and I like how you can change the order of the stages. It won't set the world on fire, but Crossbow is definitely respectable and a unique entry in the 2600 library.