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The Legend of William Tell is based on the TV series Crossbow which in turn is based on the Swiss national hero William Tell. The player takes the role of Tell who tries to end the reign of the evil duke Gessler.

This is an action game with puzzle elements in which Tell explores the environment, talks to people and collects everything he finds. The objects are either used to solve puzzles, are a good bribe or go into Tell's equipment. This is because the forest is no friendly environment: wild animals and Gessler's black knights want to eat/arrest him. In this case Tell has to fight his way out without losing too much life energy. It can be restored by using found provisions.

Controls are almost completely icon driven. So for example for walking right, the player needs to click the "go right" icon, to pick something up the "pick up" icon needs to be pressed and so on. This includes the fights in which first the used weapon is chosen and the combat moves are performed when clicking on the appropriate icon. The only exception is the crossbow: when using it, a first-person view replaces the icon bar in which the crossbow is aimed.


The Legend of William Tell Atari ST Fighting with the crossbow
The Legend of William Tell Atari ST Title screen
The Legend of William Tell Atari ST William is starting at his house. Luckily a first weapon is around
The Legend of William Tell Atari ST Credits

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Alternate Titles

  • "Crossbow: The Legend of William Tell" -- UK title

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1990 684 out of 1000 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Apr, 1990 679 out of 1000 68
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1990 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1990 7.2 out of 12 60
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1990 36 out of 100 36
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 36 out of 100 36
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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