Defender of the Crown

User Reviews

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 (4362)
The atmosphere is so strong that you completely ignore any gameplay issues. PC Booter Trixter (8712)
Not as good as the Amiga version, but great fun nonetheless DOS Colin Rowsell (45)
Wow. DOS woods01 (154)
This is one of the greatest of the classics. Commodore 64 Tarzan Dan (23)
My favorite game ever. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4362)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 48 4.0
Amstrad CPC 5 3.2
Android 1 4.0
Apple IIgs 3 4.3
Atari ST 12 3.7
Browser 4 4.3
CD-i 4 3.8
CDTV 2 4.5
Commodore 64 29 3.8
DOS 47 3.6
Game Boy Advance 8 3.6
iPad 2 4.0
iPhone 2 4.0
Macintosh 5 3.8
NES 19 3.2
PC Booter 25 3.6
Windows 1 3.0
Combined User Score 217 3.7


Critic Reviews

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100
MacintoshTechtite
In 1988, this Macintosh game was years ahead of the competition (not unlike many others of Techtite's choices, for Top 50 Multimedia Classics). You bought soldiers and other tools of conquest, then slowly attempted to reunite England, with you as king! Helping you on the way was Robin Hood himself, as well as a few peaceful jousting matches and other fun games- within- the- game. Fight a castle and first attempt to break down its defenses, by breaking apart its walls with a catapult...medieval "Breakout"! At one point in the game, a amiable king will ask for you to save his kidnapped daughter, in a min quest that, in its Mac version, even had bold, PG-13 undertones, and an even more immersive aspect of the story. This was one of my fave games in 1988, and one of my first programs for my first-ever Macintosh; a good memory...
90
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Of course, the C64 can't duplicate the digitised sounds, or highly visual graphics of the Amiga, but you get a whole lot of game with this version of Defender of the Crown.
90
Atari STThe Atari Times
Defender of the Crown for the Atari ST is by far the best version. It may not be as pretty as the Amiga version, but the execution is top-notch. I strongly suggest playing it! It is well worth the $10.00 it sells for on EBay.
87
CD-iPower Unlimited
Defender of the Crown is een zeer afwisselend spel. Van alles komt op je af, onder andere taktiek, aktie en romantiek. Grafisch zit het bovendien schitterend in elkaar. Jammer dat het nogal traag loopt, zoals vele andere CD-I games.
86
NESRaze
It's heartening to see that the NES-version of Defender of the Crown is more playable than the original Amiga version. The visual presentation is also superb - possibly the best of any NES game. Why it took so long to appear is a bit of a mystery, but those who purchased the original version will be intrigued to see what an excellent job Palcom have done with the 8-bit game. NES games just get better and better.
83
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Bilanz: Toll, toll, toll! Grandiose Entwickler und Grafiker und der hervorragende AMIGA haben hier eine Leistung vollbracht, die vor einem Jahr keiner für möglich gehalten hätte. Das Grundgerüst ist natürlich nicht neu. Die meisten werden RISIKO darin sofort erkennen. Die Rosinen liegen in den animierten Zwischensequenzen, die man verbal einfach nicht beschreiben kann. Man erzählt, daß sie.mit dem System AEGIS ANIMATOR erstellt worden seien, welches offensichtlich Routinen enthält, die in der Anleitung nicht erwähnt sind. Kritikwürdig in diesem Programm ist eigentlich wenig. Die Diskettenwechslerei ist zwar lästig, aber bei diesem Informationsumfang nicht zu vermeiden. Einen echten Nachteil habe ich darin entdeckt, daß man DEFENDER OF THE CROWN nicht zu zweit spielen kann.
83
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Spillets innhold og atmosfære gjør det til en gledelig utfordring selv om det ikke tester maskinvaren din som dagens utgivelser. Det er nok helt klart en bedre opplevelse på Amiga enn på PC, da det er merkbar forskjell på grafikk og ikke minst lyd og musikk. Denne klassikeren har overlevd siden 1987 og er nok et bevis på at 80-tallet har servert oss mange udødelige spillperler. Et must for alle strategifans, jeg skulle bare ønske at jeg fikk innsyn i nettopp denne perlen for 20 år siden!
83
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Graphics create a wonderful Hollywood-medieval atmosphere, with siege and map screens being particularly impressive.
81
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Lacks depth but surprisingly is still enjoyable.
80
AmigaThe One
[Budget re-release] Despite that, it's still a good romp: raiding castles and competing in jousting tournaments is good enough fun in itself, while the blend of strategy and arcade action is just about right to cater for all tastes. Although the movie-style sequences are still this game's strongest points, the whole package is definitely worth a look, especially at the new asking price.
80
iPhoneApp Spy
For those who remember Defender of the Crown from their youth, and those who are interested in taking a look at this early unique blend of strategy and action gaming, this is a worthwhile title to have on your iDevice.
80
NESNintendo Power Magazine
This colorful role-playing adventure will present a good challenge for the experienced Power Player.
80
Game Boy AdvanceGameZone
Defender of the Crown is quite enjoyable, with good graphical elements and diverse game play. This is the type of game that would appeal to any who like a modicum of civilization games, with a pinch of turn-based strategy, and a dash of combat.
80
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
The first time I played Defender of the Crown was on my Apple IIGS computer back in 1990. The graphics, sound, and gameplay were all extremely well put together back in those days. Crawfish managed to get everything that made the game so charming more than ten years ago into the Game Boy Advance system. The game is absolutely recommended, but it really is a shame that the developers didn't get link support in. The game just begs to be played against real opponents...but it's not to be. But at least the single player gameplay is deceptively addictive...just keep in mind that it requires more brain than gaming brawn.
79
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Considerable effort has been made to emulate the high quality graphics of the Amiga original with the result that most of the screens are virtually identical. The ST's in-game tunes are probably the best, if a touch tinny. A few omissions have been made, (Robin Hood no longer makes an appearance) but to make up for this, features like spying on other Lord's armies and rebels plotting mayhem throughout the land have been added. The Amiga's playability has been improved upon, making more of a wargame than the other versions. However, it still suffers from being too easy to get through.
78
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
The PC Defender is every bit as good as the original in terms of creating the illusion of participating in a film, but is not quite as playable as it is on the Commodore 64.
77
Game Boy AdvanceWorth Playing
While the old-school Amiga, Apple II, and Atari versions of this game pretty much hit the nail smack-dab on the head in execution, the GBA version does an even better job in terms of managing your army, keeping the gameplay tight, and purporting detailed visuals. There are plenty of between-scenario illustrations and animations that help to give Defender of the Crown a polished look and the many instances of combat are set against varying and detailed backdrops. Aurally, the game seems to have all its ducks in a row, but it is hard not to notice the similarities between this title and the previous ports as far as the audio elements are concerned.
77
Game Boy AdvanceGaming Target
Like the alternative to earning treasure, Defender of the Crown makes it possible to avoid battles and still acquire additional factions of land. Whether attending a tournament or holding one for a mere five pieces of gold, players can joust for either fame or land. Upon charging at each other with a lance in hand, one opponent will end up dropping to the ground. The battle then ensues with a mace bout that spells the end for one and victory for another. Betting land against an opponent can be risky since there’s much more at stake, but is also quite rewarding if players are skilled enough for the challenge.
72
AmigaAmiga Joker
Wenn Defender of the Crown auch weniger durch Spielwert, denn durch Präsentation zu überzeugen weiß, so macht das Programm (gemessen an der Qualität vieler aktueller Produktionen) doch selbst heute noch eine ganz gute Figur. Hätte man dem Spieler etwas mehr Handlungsspielraum eingeräumt, statt ihn zum Grafik-Voyeur zu degradieren, wäre es sogar immer noch der gleiche Hit wie vor drei Jahren!
71
NESTotal!! UK Magazine
Defender of the Crown is already well known on home computers, and this NES version is a bit late in coming. However, it's just as much fun as all the others.
70
AmigaAbandonia Reloaded
I know the game sounds pretty simple, but I assure you that it is fun to play. It is easy enough, it can be learned immediately, but it's also pretty hard to finish. I especially recommend this game to younger gamers or those new to turn-based strategies.
70
NESAll Game Guide
Defender of the Crown is an enjoyable and challenging game. There are number of paths to victory, but none are easy.
67
Game Boy AdvanceThe Next Level
Nevertheless, Defender of the Crown is a fine addition to any strategy gamer’s library. While many of the modern games, such as Advance Wars, are better games, the mere fact that a straight port of a 15-year-old game can still compare to the newest titles on the market is a testament to the thoughtful design that Cinemaware created when the game first came out.
67
Commodore 6464'er
Trotz epochaler Grafik und einigen verschiedenen Action-Sequenzen ist Defender of the Crown nicht das abwechslungsreichste Spiel. Nach einigen Durchgängen wird das Programm recht langweilig und bleibt erst mal eine Weile liegen. Doch man wird es sicherlich immer wieder mal aus dem Schrank holen, um sich selbst an der Grafik zu erfreuen oder um Freunde zu beeindrucken.
63
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot
Metro3D, Crawfish, and Cinemaware deserve a great deal of credit for bringing such a beloved game out of retirement. Anyone who has played Defender of the Crown on the Commodore 64, Amiga, or NES will quickly fall in love with the GBA version. It's just too bad the developers didn't see fit to add any new gameplay features or a multiplayer mode.
60
CDTVAmiga Joker
Grafik und Gameplay sind wie auf's I-Tüpfelchen identisch mit der regulären Amigaversion des Cinemaware-Klassikers. Dafür gibt’s jetzt einen starken Titel-Soundtrack, tolle Musik während der Animationssequenzen und Sprachausgabe in superber Qualität. Es hilft aber alles nix, die strategische Ritter-Arie ist nach wie vor viel zu leicht – einmal durchgespielt, ist die anfängliche Begeisterung schnell dahin.
60
Game Boy AdvancePocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Aucun doute, on s’amuse toujours avec Defender of the Crown et ce même si les joueurs confirmés en viendront rapidement à bout : le challenge de cette version n’est pas très relevé. Une chose que l’on peut facilement pardonner, par nostalgie, mais il en est une autre qu’on ne pourra pas excuser : l’absence d’un mode multi-joueurs. Le link de la GBA permettait aisément d’inclure un mode quatre joueurs, ce qui aurait relancé l’intérêt de cette cartouche.
59
NESMean Machines
While Defender of the Crown is quite good fun to play, you leave it wanting more. The arcade-style screens are neat and the strategy part is simple enough to let a facts 'n' figures dumbo like me enjoy it without getting bogged down, but there's just not enough to keep you entertained. The game is fairly challenging, but again, not really enough to make it good value for money. With the benefit of some additions like extra arcade sequences and a more complex strategy element, this could have been really good. As it stands, it's a fairly enjoyable, but ultimately unsatisfying game.
57
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Classy medieval/arcade game, attractive in EGA, but it comes off quite badly in CGA mode. The lack of mouse control is a severe detriment to the action sequences which are left to joystick or cursor keys. Expensive and all...
52
NESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
DOTC was an interesting computer game that successfully paired beginner-level war gaming with some of the most vivid graphics around. The NES version, however, lacks the sharp visuals of the original and what we end up with is a slow-moving cart that will appeal to die-hard war-gamers only.
52
NESVideo Games
Wer sich schon immer wunderte, womit man vor Erfindung der Videospiele die Zeit vertrieben hat, weiß jetzt Bescheid: Eroberungen, Duelle und Raubzüge füllten den Arbeitstag gemütlich aus. Dank der originellen Spielidee ist man von Defender of the Crown zunächst sehr angetan. Die immer wiederkehrenden Actionteile nutzen sich aber rasch ab. Außerdem gibt es keinen Weg, um den Spielstand zu sichern. Für Einsteiger hat die Mischung aus Strategie und Action sicher ihren Reiz, aber fortgeschrittene Spieler werden sich zu schnell langweilen.
50
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy
With its easily whipped arcade sequences, utter lack of strategic depth, and painfully unrewarding still-screen ending sequence, Defender of the Crown provides an experience about as vacuous as the cheesy flicks that inspired Cinemaware's birth.
50
AmigaComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Graphically superb, this medieval simulation of the Norman-Saxon reunification of England is a series of arcade sequences loosely strung together. With sword duels, tournaments and sieges, the major elements are present; it is just that the simulation resembles a series of arcade trials held together by story boards.
50
Atari STComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Graphically superb, this medieval simulation of the Norman-Saxon reunification of England is a series of arcade sequences loosely strung together. With sword duels, tournaments and sieges, the major elements are present; it is just that the simulation resembles a series of arcade trials held together by story boards.
50
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Graphically superb, this medieval simulation of the Norman-Saxon reunification of England is a series of arcade sequences loosely strung together. With sword duels, tournaments and sieges, the major elements are present; it is just that the simulation resembles a series of arcade trials held together by story boards.
50
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Graphically superb, this medieval simulation of the Norman-Saxon reunification of England is a series of arcade sequences loosely strung together. With sword duels, tournaments and sieges, the major elements are present; it is just that the simulation resembles a series of arcade trials held together by story boards.
50
Apple IIgsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Graphically superb, this medieval simulation of the Norman-Saxon reunification of England is a series of arcade sequences loosely strung together. With sword duels, tournaments and sieges, the major elements are present; it is just that the simulation resembles a series of arcade trials held together by story boards.
50
Commodore 64All Game Guide
So many great features are included in Defender of the Crown. Unfortunately the most important aspect, the battles, are the worst part of the game. They add too much confusion and frustration to the gameplay.
50
NESPower Play
Die neue NES-Version ist zwar schwerer und spielerisch ein wenig erweitert worden, aber im Gegenzug rasselte die Qualität der Grafik gewaltig nach unten. Alles in allem ein gebremstes Vergnügen, dessen Spielprinzip Abnutzungserscheinungen zeigt.
43
AmigaHappy Computer
Viel Licht, viel Schatten: Defender of the Crown hat die beste Grafik, die ich bisher auf einem Heimcomputer gesehen habe. Dazu kommen einige starke Musikstücke und eine interessante Rahmenhandlung. Aber das Spiel selber... Oh weh, da sieht es duster aus. Anfangs macht die Mischung aus Strategie und etwas Action viel Spaß, aber man gewinnt das Spiel leicht, was die Motivation schlagartig abflauen läßt.
40
CD-iThe CD-i Collective
In summary, a good port of the PC title, but not really a great game. Good for short place sessions, but long term play just gets boring and repetitive.
40
CD-iHigh Score
Defender of the Crown är en klassiker. Det var ett bra spel när det släpptes första gången för drygt sex år sedan, men nu har det inte mycket att komma med längre. Spelet ger en nostalgikick för oss erfarna spelare, men inte mycket mer.
30
iPhoneDigitally Downloaded
It’s not that the basic idea of Defender of the Crown isn’t still sound, because that PS2 game would be a must-have iPad port. It’s the fact that this is a port of the oldest possible version of the game. For a little bit more money you could pick up Nobunaga’s Ambition or Romance of the Three Kingdoms Touch, and both of which play like 30-year old evolutions of this basic game. So go and get those instead.