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Spirit of Excalibur

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Amiga
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Apple IIgs
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Atari ST
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Description

A spiritual descendant of War in Middle Earth, Spirit of Excalibur uses the same engine to tell the tale of what befell Camelot after the death of King Arthur.

You play the role of the regent who holds the throne while chaos spreads through Britain. The game is broken into a number of episodes, which carry the overall plot of trying to restore Arthur's kingdom to some semblance of what it once was. Early episodes involve gathering the Knights of the Round Table, who have broken their fellowship. Because of their general distrust and dislike of certain other members, many knights will only return if asked by certain people and/or are given the correct incentive. Ultimately, you will wage a war on the sons of Mordred, who vie for the same throne their father did and stop the machinations of Morgan LeFay.

The game is played on two different levels. The first is a real time map where groups move about from place to place. At any time (or when a group encounters another or a place of importance) you can switch to a 'scene' level, which is a side-view of the group currently highlighted. Here you can pick up, drop, and manipulate quest items.

Screenshots

Spirit of Excalibur DOS The round table
Spirit of Excalibur DOS Enchanter being recruited.
Spirit of Excalibur DOS The legendary Round Table of Camelot
Spirit of Excalibur Atari ST Beginning of the game

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The Press Says

Amiga User International Amiga Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Raze DOS Apr, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Aug, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Zero Amiga Jun, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Action Amiga Jun, 1991 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1991 8.2 out of 12 68
Power Play DOS May, 1991 64 out of 100 64
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 62 out of 100 62
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33

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Trivia

One can see that the developers of this game were heavily influenced, not only by Arthurian Legend, but also by the 1981 John Boorman movie "Excalibur".

This influence can be seen in the introduction of the game which features a shot of a tranquil lake at dawn (very similar to a similar scene toward the end of the movie). A few moments later the Lady of The Lake's hand rises above the water (clad in the purest shimmering samite) wielding the sword Excalibur. The sword itself is very similar (if not an outright facsimile) of the Excalibur sword from the movie. As the intro plays, it is accompanied by a rendition of "Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring" from Act III of Richard Wagner's opera Götterdämmerung, this same piece of music can be heard in the film Excalibur.
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