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During the Third Crusade, King Richard the Lionheart ordered the massacre of three thousand prisoners during the Siege of Acre. The spiritual consequences of this act were used by a mysterious person in a ritual that tore the very fabric of reality, opening a dimensional rift that allowed magical energies and demonic creatures to invade our Earth. Four hundred years later, a lowly slave is suspected of possessing magical powers. Through a series of events he discovers that he is a descendant of King Richard, and his unique abilities may be the only key to humanity's battle against the dark forces.

Lionheart is a role-playing game set in an alternate version of the sixteenth century, where magic and monsters exist openly. The game is set in various countries, from the city of Barcelona to locations in the Middle East. Real historical figures such as William Shakespeare, Galileo Galilei and others appear in the game, though often modified according to the game's fantasy setting. The game utilizes the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system of character development taken from Fallout, with the same main attributes and some common skills and perks, with the addition of new ones pertaining to magic. There are also racial differences, with four races to choose for the protagonist: Human Pureblood, Demokin, Feralkin, or Sylvant.

The first half of the game takes place in and around the city of Barcelona and involves questing and free-form character building, with various factions to join and different ways (combat, stealth, diplomacy, etc.) to overcome problems. The game becomes noticeably more combat-oriented in its second half. Combat in the game is action-based and similar to Diablo in execution. Various characters may join the protagonist if certain conditions are met, and aid him in combat. These companions are fully controlled by the AI.


Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Windows Fighting with dragon
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Windows Ancestor monument
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Windows Richard and Saladin joined forces
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Windows Holy Lance

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Alternate Titles

  • "狮心王:十字军的遗产" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Львиное Сердце" -- Russian spelling
  • "Lionheart Saga: Juujigun no Isan" -- Japanese title
  • "Fallout Fantasy" -- Slang

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User Reviews

Lionheart almost hit the mark -- but ended up whacking a wandering pedestrian instead. kbmb (435) unrated
Nice magic system and backstory, but they botched the conversion to realtime and they botched game balance overall weregamer (169) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
It is a great shame too see this potential crumble to dust... Zolansilverspear (560) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Action Sep 24, 2003 83 out of 100 83 Oct 31, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameBanshee Jan 11, 2009 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Gamer UK Oct, 2003 72 out of 100 72 Oct 09, 2003 65 out of 100 65
Gameplanet Sep 04, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Komputer Świat GRY Dec, 2003 3.41 out of 6 57
Entertainment Depot, The Dec 22, 2003 4.5 out of 10 45
GameSpy Sep 02, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Revolution Sep 01, 2003 D 25


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Long before Lionheart's title was even released, it was being referred to as Fallout Fantasy due to its use of the SPECIAL system (originally found in Fallout) in a fantasy setting. Because of the common alternative, this spawned a rather humorous, if short-lived misinformed following of people actually believing the next Fallout game would take place in a fantasy setting.


Black Isle Studios used to code-name its projects after U.S. presidents and vice-presidents, an idea by Josh Sawyer. Since Black Isle was not the main developer for this title, the code-name was Project Quincy, a name never held by a U.S. president.


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2004 - #3 Worst Game of the Year 2003
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kbmb (435) added Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader (Windows) on Mar 12, 2003