DescriptionDefender of the Crown puts the player in the role of one of four Saxon knights in medieval England, in a time where the land is in turmoil as the King is dead and his crown was stolen. The Saxons and the Normans blame each other and fight for control of England.
After a short introduction by Robin of Locksley himself, the game starts with a single castle and 10 soldiers at your command. From there, you have to build your army, take control of additional territories and fight and defeat the three Norman lords - and sometimes your Saxon friends as well.
In addition to the basic 'build your army and conquer your opponents' the game offers several events and options that can be used to fine tune your play style: You may engage in a jousting contest where you have to knock your opponent off his horse, gaining either fame or land, or you can go raid a castle for loot or the hand of a princess, joining your houses and territories.
- "DOTC " -- Abbreviated Name
- "Defender of The Crown: Obrońca Korony" -- Polish title
- "Conquering England" -- Informal name, popular in Israel
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|A little known CLASSIC game at the dawn of Modern GRAPHICS & Adult-themed gaming!||Commodore 64||XplOrOrOr (16)|
|The classic of classics.||Amiga||Tomer Gabel (4352)|
|The atmosphere is so strong that you completely ignore any gameplay issues.||PC Booter||Trixter (8720)|
|Not as good as the Amiga version, but great fun nonetheless||DOS||Colin Rowsell (45)|
|This is one of the greatest of the classics.||Commodore 64||Tarzan Dan (23)|
|My favorite game ever.||PC Booter||Tomer Gabel (4352)|
|Play Time||Atari ST||Jun, 1991||95 out of 100||95|
|The Atari Times||Atari ST||Mar 16, 2009||90 out of 100||90|
|Power Unlimited||CD-i||Oct, 1993||8.7 out of 10||87|
|The DOS Spirit||DOS||Dec 05, 2008||5 out of 6||83|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Atari ST||Mar, 1988||826 out of 1000||83|
|Worth Playing||Game Boy Advance||Nov 26, 2002||7.7 out of 10||77|
|All Game Guide||NES||1998||70|
|Video Games||NES||Mar, 1991||52 out of 100||52|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Apple IIgs||Oct, 1990||50|
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|Interview with Bob Jacob||1||St. Martyne (3539)
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1001 Video GamesDefender of the Crown appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Cancelled sequelIn 1993, Jim Sachs, who worked on the graphics for Defender of the Crown, designed a sequel, Defender of the Crown 2. It never really caught on though, mainly because it was only released for Commodore's ill-fated CDTV system.
CGA versionThe CGA version "tweaks" the screen during the joust; the furious riding on your horse makes the screen "shake". This locks up the game on VGA cards, but if you can avoid this if you play it under a pseudo-emulator like Windows or OS/2 (or just don't joust during the game).
EGA versionThere was bootable version released that supported EGA/Tandy graphics and Tandy 3-voice sound, which greatly enhanced the PC version of the game. Unfortunately, this version is extremely rare and most people only have the CGA/PC Speaker version.
Freeware releaseA full version of this game is available online at Cinemaware.com (the full link is in the links section). The game plays in any browser.
- The C64 version of the game has three Saxon ladies that can be kidnapped, and the NES version only has one lady while every other version has four.
- The Commodore 64 version of Defender of the Crown was also released on tape in Europe, as disk drives were expensive in Europe at the time and most people still used tape drives. The tape version is trimmed down to fit on the smaller storage of tape, and is missing several pictures found on the disk version. Some of the missing pictures are Robin Hood at the start of the game, and the closeup views of the Saxon damsels after you rescued them.
Unpublished CD audio versionIn 1998 Rick Levine programmed a CD quality audio version of Defender of the Crown. The Defender of the Crown code still resided on and ran from the PC, but hooks were placed in the code to play the CD quality audio off the CD -- on a Hitachi CD-ROM player. David Riordan had the CD quality audio created. That special CD-ROM version was demonstrated at a conference (might have been the Game Developers Conference that year), but it was never released to the public.
- October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
- Commodore Format
- February 1991 (Issue 5) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
- November 1994 (Issue 50) – #17 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
- Computer and Video Games
- May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Runner up in category Strategy Game of the Year
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #92 in the “150 Best Games of All Time" list
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #2 Most Rewarding Ending of All Time
- March 2000 - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- ST Fomat
- May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
Related Web Sites
- Cinemaware - Defender of the Crown (Official site to download the freeware versions for Amiga, Amstrad, C64, Atari ST, Apple IIgs, PC (CGA & EGA), NES, CD32/CDTV and more...)
- Commodore 64 Boxed Sets (for C64: software sets (box; manual; miscellaneous; screenshots))
- CPC-Power (in French) (for Amstrad CPC: downloadable releases; artwork; additional material)
- Game Base 64 (for C64: Downloadable links, Database, Music, Emulation, Frontends, Reviews and Articles)
- Hall of Light (for Amiga: database; manuals; artwork; screenshots; additional material)
- Internet Archive (DOS) (for DOS: downloadable release; online emulation of game; additional material)
- Lemon 64 (for C64: games, reviews and music)
- Lemon Amiga (for Amiga: game reviews; music; manuals; additional material)
- Useless Inc. (Homepage of Tomer Gabel; host of the Defnder of the Crown music project (MP3s of the original Amiga version), Star Control II and more stuff. )
- Virtual Apple 2 - Online disk archive (for Apple IIgs: online emulation of game (for Windows and Mac); downloadable releases; additional material)
- Wikipedia (combined platform entry)