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In the year 1286, Sir Daniel Fortesque and his soldiers fought against the evil sorcerer Zarok, who raised an army of demons, intending to conquer the world. Sir Daniel was hailed as a hero after the battle, supposedly having been mortally wounded during it, taking Zarok with him. However, it looks like the sorcerer was not defeated in that battle. A hundred years later, he appears again, robbing people of their souls to build an army of undead. Unleashing waves of necromantic energy, Zarok inadvertently revives Sir Daniel as well. Now a skeletal corpse, the knight must correct the mistakes of the past and defeat Zarok once and for all.

MediEvil is an action game in which the player controls Sir Daniel, exploring 3D environments and fighting many enemies that stand on his path towards the ultimate goal. The protagonist starts with his own detachable arm as the basic weapon; however, later he acquires swords and other melee weapons, as well as bows. Money can be collected and spent on items and equipment sold by gargoyle merchants. The hero must also find various rune stones that will allow him to access new areas.

Each level contains a chalice that can be filled with souls of defeated enemies. Sir Daniel may take a chalice only after having vanquished a sufficient amount of foes. Getting the chalice enables access to the Hall of Heroes, where the protagonist can receive new weapons. Collecting all the chalices in the game unlocks a special ending.


MediEvil PlayStation Fighting Several zombies in The Graveyard.
MediEvil PlayStation Slash & slash
MediEvil PlayStation Stairs
MediEvil PlayStation Crossing the water in Dan's Crypt.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "メディーバル 甦ったガロメアの勇者" -- Japanese spelling
  • "MediEvil: Yomigaetta Garomea no Yūsha" -- Japanese title
  • "Dead Man Dan" -- Working title

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User Reviews

An amusing and original classic. PlayStation The_Ferryman (14)
A surreal venture into the world of the dead PlayStation bowser724 (29)

Critic Reviews / PlayStation Mar 22, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1998 91 out of 100 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Nov 26, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Video Games PlayStation Sep, 1998 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot PlayStation Oct 23, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
IGN PlayStation Oct 22, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
Cincinnati Enquirer PlayStation 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Retroage PlayStation Apr 27, 2010 7.3 out of 10 73
IGN PSP Apr 09, 2007 5.9 out of 10 59
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Nov, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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MediEvil originally had less weapons, no shields and no life bottles. Dan head tokens were used instead of life bottles.

The game also had three levels cut from the original version: Dragon Chase, The Train Ride and a level involving Morten the Earthworm.

Differences between PAL, NTSC and NTSC-J

In the NTSC version, on the Scarecrow Fields level you cannot attack or set aflame the huts.
In the NTSC-J version, the dragon armour drains your health while equipped.
In the NTSC-J version, you have a helmet, though it only serves as a cosmetic item.
In the NTSC-J version, all FMVs and loading screens appear showing/depicting Sir Daniel Fortesque wearing the helmet.
In the NTSC-J version, various new loading screens depicting the other heroes from the Hall of Heroes appear.
In the NTSC-J version, the Pumpkin King boss found in the level The Pumpkin Serpent, regenerates health.
In the NTSC-J version, the skull chests release a red bomb rather than indigo and also the shock wave is pink instead of yellow.
In the NTSC-J version, lightning can be bought (after unlocking) for 25% recharge every 150 gold pieces rather than being limited in the PAL and NTSC versions.

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