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Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown (PC)

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP
2.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Combines multiple gameplay genres - arcade, sport, empire-building and turn-based strategy
  • Battle through five types of medieval combat, including archery, jousting, sword fighting, siege warfare and army battles
  • Multiple endings – follow one of eight different game-paths!
  • 38 territories to conquer with a fully orchestrated score to create an ambient feel
  • Includes all main characters from the Robin Hood story: Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Maid Marian and more
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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0001L7TC0
  • Release Date: 5 Mar. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,727 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2004
well, i had the original defender of the crown on the old commador 64. I was about 8 at the time. It was by far my favourite retro game of all time. Now, the original just got better. You can play as Robin to "steal from the rich and give to the poor" by raiding castles, or by using your archery skills by attacking trade wagons. Little John gives you the opportunity to use strategic "Command and Conquer" style fighting, allowing you to fight against the nobles, take counties, and eventually the country. Sir Ivanhoe allows you to hold jousting tournaments for fame, money, and even land. This aspect of the game has been dramatically improved. It is now possible to win in the joust, where as in the original, you couldn't. Ivanhoe also gives you the opportunity to build keeps, castles, and fortresses to protect you most vital counties. Finally, Marian allows you to spy on enemies seeing how many men they have in their counties.
So with all that out the way, i really enjoyed playing this game from start to finish. The only problem was that the start to finish when a little too quick. I remember spending hours on end, sometimes even days defeating the enemies of England. This new version is easy. There is no option to put it on hard mode, etc. Also it has not got very good re-playability. After completing this three times in the space of a week, i got bored and soon lost interest.
However, do NOT let this put you off. If you are a true fan of the original defender of the crown, then you must get this game. It is such an improvement on the original. I would give this 5 stars, but the simpleness of the game lets it down. But still, I loved the original, I love this one. I am hoping for a follow up to this game but with harder game play, and hopefully on the scale of Britain by including Scotland and Ireland.
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I bought the original game when I first got my amiga, thought the graphics then were simply stunning, the attention to detail of the castles was something I'd never seen in any computer game before. Although the game play was pretty basic it was a very enjoyable game, after all up until then I was used to games on the C64. So when the chance came to try out defender of the crown on the PC, I just had to download the demo and see what improvements to the graphics and gameplay had been made since the last time I played it, back in 1986 I think it was. Was the wait worth it...Er no!!, the graphics although now in 3D are the worst I have ever seen, they are jerky, poorly designed and the animation in the sword fight, looks like robin hood is doing some kind of dance. Then thers the archery section, your just stuck up a tree firing arrows at passing soldiers, what a lack of imagination. What should have been a great game has turned into a joke of a program, terrible graphics, animation and I dare not mention the gameplay. Although there was one feature which I did enjoy...the quit button. Do yourself a favour, check out the demo before shelling out good money on this. If I could of awarded minus stars I would have.
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This game has many attractive features that have been thouroughly messed up. The prelude is sort of fun, exept for the raiding, which is either far too difficult, or far too easy. The swordplay depends on:... blocking and slashing, well how imaginative is that? Exactly. Shooting from a tree gets pretty boring after a couple of times too.

The next stage has been made a little broader when compared to the original, which is nice, except for the very poor AI and a few ridicilous aspects, like King John setting sail and landing an entire army behind your lines in the same time it takes you to raid a castle or advance one territory. I also found the interface very annoying, the storyline is pedantic and just no fun. In the original, you can buy men, knights and catapults. Expanding this with archers and peasants is a little slim. And then the fighting... who came up with this? A few clicks and that's that, no time or real opportunity for any strategy.

I could go on for a while, especially about what a great game they could have made of this concept, but I guess you get the picture by now.

The second star is for the sieges. I think these have been improved somewhat. And improving anything on such a great game as dotc has to be worth something.
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