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Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood (DOS)

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Description

The year is 1193, and the Third Crusade has just ended. Richard the Lionheart, King of England, returns to Europe from the Holy Land. On the way, he is ambushed and abducted by the soldiers of the Austrian duke Leopold. The duke demands a large ransom to be paid in exchange for the king's freedom. However, the king's brother, Prince John, is content with the situation and plotting to take the throne for himself. That is when the legendary Robin Hood, one who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, decides to raise the money needed to liberate the king, with the help of his fellow outlaws of Sherwood Forest.

Conquests of the Longbow is an adventure game and a follow-up to Conquests of Camelot. It uses an icon-based interface common to most contemporary Sierra adventures. Like its spiritual predecessor, it differs from most other games in the genre by reducing traditional inventory-based puzzles in favor of exploration and varied tasks dictated by the situation at hand. These include talking to characters, gathering information, making decisions, solving riddles, or participating in mini-games such as combat, archery contest, and Nine Men's Morris (with adjustable difficulty).

The game is divided into days; each day is completed when certain tasks have been fulfilled. It is, however, possible to fail some of those tasks and still advance the plot. Several situations can be handled in different ways. The player's decisions affect Robin Hood's ranking towards the end of the game. Number of points scored, the amount of money collected for the ransom, and the fate of Robin's fellow outlaws are considered when awarding the rank. Depending on these factors the player reaches one of the four possible endings, ranging from Robin getting hanged to a happy conclusion of his love life.

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Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood DOS Running from trouble...
Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood DOS An action sequence
Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood DOS A few locations are presented as such overhead maps
Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood DOS Some target practice

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User Reviews

Robin Hood, your bow is needed *Katakis* (37800) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A very well thought out game OceansDaughter (106) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Great Surprise!! William Shawn McDonie (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Medieval fantasy but with a hefty dollop of realism jossiejojo (41) unrated
Get in the shoes of the Prince of Thieves (Robin Hood) Depth Lord (943) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

Dragon Mar, 1992 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Adventure Gamers Jan 02, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Secret Service / New S Service Sep, 1993 90 out of 100 90
La Aventura es la Aventura Nov 15, 2001 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker Mar, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Mar, 1992 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

Cancelled CD version

After the disk releases, Sierra decided to re-release this game on CD. The CD version was to feature full speech and be distributed around 1993, but was never fully completed. There was a demo released with speech however.

Distribution

Conquests of the Longbow was available in four different packages: a 16 color version (supporting EGA, MCGA, VGA, Tandy/PCjr) with either 3.5" DD or 5.25" HD disks, and a 256 color version (supporting MCGA, VGA) with either 3.5" HD or 5.25" HD disks.

References

  • If you open the control panel and hit the Sierra button, the game will give you the credits, then inform you that "no guys from Andromeda" partook in the creation of the game, as a reference to Space Quest.
  • At the fair, there are a lot of little in-jokes. Try talking to everyone at the fair and you will find several Sierra programmers and employees (including the Two Guys from Andromeda) and also George Bush and Dan Quail.
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