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Chronicles of the Sword (DOS)

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MobyRank
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2.2
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 1.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 1.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 1.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 2.2


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81
PC Games (Germany)
Chronicles of the Sword spielt sich wie ein "King's Quest für Erwachsene"; ein mittelalterliches Schloß muß nicht unbedingt wie die Villa Kunterbunt aussehen. Viel Atmospähre, eine ordentliche Story, appetitliche SVGA-Grafiken - da kann man wirklich nicht meckern.
80
High Score
Trots detta är COTS ett utmärkt tidsfördriv för den vane äventyraren och en bra introduktion för nybörjaren.
68
PC Zone
So, basically, if you want a couple of nice puzzles and some lovely graphics - but little else - buy Chronicles Of The Sword. If you want a decent, gripping and well-told story about the legends of King Arthur, go to your local video shop and rent a copy of Excalibur (it's a brilliant film, made even more so by the fact that Cheri Lunghi gets her kit off). Or if you want a laugh, there's always that Monty Python thing...
60
PC Player (Germany)
Zwar kein Leckerbissen der Adventuregeschichte, aber doch solide Hausmannskost mit einigen Mängeln. Die von uns getestete Originalfassung erfordert brauchbare Englischkenntnisse. Wer sich nicht sicher ist, sollte die für Mai geplante deutsche Version abwarten.
58
PC Games
For all the variety, some basic problems steal from the fun. Clicking on onscreen hotspots sometimes doesn't take you where you'd expect. I wish the script writers would learn the correct use of "it's" and "its", which are constantly misused. This may be the Britain of the year 420, but Merlin sounds Slavic. Arthur tells Gawain to retrieve an item that he has in his hands. And the mannequins never bat an eye.
52
Power Play
Unsauber gesetzte Notspots und Bildausgänge, unsichtbare Gegenstande, die dennoch zur Lösung eines Rätsels unabdinglich sind und Puzzles, die nichts weiter als verworrene Botengänge sind, trüben den Gesamteindruck erheblich. So gerät jede schwammige Knobelei zur Mega-Nuß, ohne daß der Spieler überhaupt mitbekommt warum. Diese künstlichen Längen hat das trotz zwei CDs eher knapp ausgefallene Abenteuer auch bitter nötig. Grafisch stellt sich “Chronicles“ zwiespältig dar. Ist das Gros der Hintergründe sehr ordentlich und detailliert gerendert, fällt die Gleichförmigkeit der Bodybuilder-Charaktere eher unangenehm auf. Ob abstinenter Priester, denkender Magier oder blutarmer Vampir — in Camelot scheint nicht nur der Schmied den Amboß zu stemmen. Welche Reihenfolge oder Wahl Ihr beim Frage-Antwort-Spiel trefft, ist völlig unerheblich und macht die Konversationen zur Farce.
50
Just Adventure
Overall, Chronicles Of The Sword is a mediocre product at best, a mechanical exercise in "find the hot spot" and simple puzzles, with flawed design and little in the way of "when knighthood was in flower". Anyone wanting a taste of the real thing is better off reading Le Morte D'Arthur.
42
GameSpot
Chronicles of the Sword does have some nice elements, most notably the richly detailed background art and the excellent musical score. But the positive features only manage to distract you from the fact that the game is confusing, frustrating and—worst of all—excruciatingly dull.
25
Entertainment Weekly
Aside from some neat religious imagery — Chronicles of the Sword is filled with more Gothic crosses than Westminster Abbey — this adventure, in which you play a questing Sir Gawain, moves with all the speed and vitality of a knight in a 500-pound suit of armor. And talk about the Dark Ages: Early on, Chronicles blanked out a few times on my computer, requiring ye olde reboot.
25
Pelit
Chronicles of the Sword on yksi huonoimmista vähään aikaan pelaamistani peleistä. Lähes kaikki on onnistuttu mokaamaan, eikä edes Arthurin legendaa ole osattu käyttää hyödyksi.Peliä voisi käyttää varoittavana esimerkkinä siitä, millainen peli ei missään nimessä saisi olla.
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Computer Games Magazine
Overall TQ is a product that provokes extreme emotional responses; you'll either love this game to death ... or loathe it with a vengeance. If you're a gamer who enjoyed the scholastic endeavours of your youth then TQ is the game for you; I doubt you'll have experienced anything as dialectic as this in a long while. If you prefer your computer entertainment in a more conventional form (or couldn't understand the previous sentence), give TQ a miss... there are plenty of other titles out there better suited to your desired level of challenge.
10
Quandary
Medieval England and in particular stories related to the Arthurian Legend have so much to offer -- fantastic quests, heroic deeds, magic and magic swords -- but unfortunately Chronicles of the Sword just somehow misses the mark. It's a very serious and ordinary adventure game sprinkled with a few not too difficult problems. Even the stable boy with his unspeakable itch wasn't particularly funny. I waited patiently for that 'brief and shining moment' but it just wasn't to be.