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King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
70
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DOS
64
4.2
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Description

A version of an old Norse board game called King's Table. The game has black and white teams, like chess, but each team has different pieces and a different raison d'etre.

The white team has a total of 13 pieces, the most important one being Odin the King, who starts in the centre of the 10x10 board and moves in the same way as a chess King, whereas black has 20 pawns and four other pieces. White wins if Odin can reach one of the corner squares; black wins if it surrounds Odin on all 4 sides. The pawns actually move the same way as chess queens, but pieces are captured by surrounding them on 2 sides (although some special pieces must be surrounded on 3 sides). The specials are chosen from the selection at the start of the game, and have a variety of abilities, some 'borrowed' from chess.

The presentation of this interpretation is similar to Battle Chess, with bold 3D graphics and lots of animation.

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King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok Amiga Title screen
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Alternate Titles

  • "The Legend of Ragnarok" -- German title

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The Press Says

Svenska Hemdatornytt DOS May, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Amiga Action Amiga Sep, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Games Amiga Feb, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Power Play DOS Sep, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1993 60 out of 100 60
CU Amiga Amiga Mar, 1993 50 out of 100 50
PC Player (Germany) DOS Oct, 1993 37 out of 100 37

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Trivia

Atari ST version

An Atari ST version was also prepared by Imagitec, with Kevin McIntosh as coder, but was apparently never released on the shrinking ST market.
Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20701) and Martin Smith (63107)