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In Crossbow, you and several friends are trying to cross many treacherous landscapes in order to retrieve stolen treasures from the castle of the Evil Master. All of the members of your party are unarmed, however you carry a crossbow. Using this, you need to shoot any obstacles or hostile enemies that may get in the way of your friends as they cross the screen. You see the landscape from a first person point of view, and one by one each member of the party will walk from the left to right on the screen. There are many different landscapes that need to be crossed, each with its own variety of dangers. There are deserts with scorpions, ice caverns, jungles with hostile monkeys, a lava spewing volcano, and even the heavily guarded castle. The game starts with two friends in your party, with additional friends joining after clearing certain parts of the game. The game ends when everyone in your party has been killed.


Crossbow Atari 7800 Somewhere in an ice cavern
Crossbow Apple II Title screen
Crossbow DOS Desert level
Crossbow DOS Game map/level selection

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All Game Guide Atari 7800 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2004 6.9 out of 10 69
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Jul 03, 1999 B- 67
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Nov 21, 2016 B- 67
Info Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Mar 29, 2006 C 50


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The arcade version of Crossbow was the first game to feature fully digitized sounds.
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