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An historical adventure game set in the Middle Ages at the time that the Franks were beginning to be driven out of Jerusalem. The player follows the adventure of Artaud, a disgraceful French Lord, who is sent to redeem himself by traveling to the Holy Lands to escort the True Cross back to safety. This is done through a series of scenes, with narration. The player has to complete certain tasks before Artaud can progress to the next scene. These tasks are generally of an educational nature, such as learning how sieges on castles were carried out, or who the main forces in the Holy Lands were at the time. Whilst Artaud's quest is fictional (with some added supernatural events), the setting is quite real, with actual locations visited and use of historic figures.

Artaud's quest will see his home in Dun-le-Roy wasted in a siege, travel across the Mediterranean to the port of Acre, and eventually to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Along the way historical information is provided on events and lifestyles of the period.

The game's style has a 3rd-person perspective and uses digital footage of real actors again photo-realistic (for the time) backdrops, which are partially animated. Intertwined with the scenes is an encyclopaedia, which it is necessary to interact with in order to complete the tasks and fully understand the narrative. The structure of most of the tasks involves collecting items from the scenes and the encyclopaedia by dragging them into your inventory, and then re-arranging them on to the task screen. The game is very similar in style to 1998's Vikings.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Ritter Arthaud - Abenteuer im Heiligen Land" -- German alternative title
  • "Cruzadas: Conspiraci├│n en el Reino de Oriente" -- Spanish title (Dreambox Edition)
  • "Cruzadas: Conspiraci├│n en el Reino de Jerusalen" -- Spanish title
  • "Crusader: Kreuzz├╝ge - Verschw├Ârung im K├Ânigreich des Orients" -- German title
  • "Crusader: A Conspiracy in the Kingdom of Jerusalem" -- European title
  • "Croisades. Conspiration au Royaume d'Orient " -- French title

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User Reviews

A fairly successful attempt at fusing adventure and education Windows RussS (819)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Windows 1998 A 100
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Nov, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mega Score Windows Apr, 1998 90 out of 100 90
PC Jeux Windows 3.x Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Jeux Windows Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Just Adventure Windows 1998 B+ 83
Quandary Windows Feb, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 02, 1999 10 out of 20 50


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