|Turn-based strategy, Action||Vintage (pre 1990)||Cinemaware||Cinemaware||Middle Ages, Norman rule in England, Robin Hood, Feudalism|
Defender of the Crown is a very old turn based strategy game with combat elements. It had grand visions and was a superb success during it’s time, but has aged considerably since then. You play the role of a county ruler in England during the high medieval ages, atthe time of legends like Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, and the historic English hero of the crusades, King Richard, the Lionheart. You have to defeat other county rulers and control enough counties in order to bring stability to the English crown and win the game.
|Complexity Parameters||Values (0, 0.5, 1)|
|Control Scheme||0: Simple|
|Complexity||1: Complex (Territory and army management)|
|Story||0.5: There is no real story, but kind of a campaign|
|Lore||1.: Historic setting with lore of legends and romantic novels|
|Immersion||1: Role-play level|
|Learning Curve||1: High|
|Total Score||5.5/7: Heavyweight game|
|Needs||Satisfaction Score (0-3)|
|Analytical||2: Moderately met|
|Creative||0: Not met|
|Mastery||2: Moderately met|
|Destructive||0: Not met|
|Entertainment||1: Slightly met|
|Pace||0: Not met|
|Horror||0: Not met|
|Total Score||5/21: Moderate Game|
TL;DR A game that has not aged well inspite of its innovation and brilliance. Do not waste time unless you want to abuse yourself with deep sense of frustration.
- I failed to see any except grand visions without execution
- Obscure combat mechanism
- Mainly age
Game rejected. Could not bring myself to finish this.
Purpose – Study
Gameplay – The game has not aged well. It is not a purely strategy game. In order to gather funds you need to take part in combat and the combat gameplay is clunky, unpredictable, and simply difficult to grasp. Thus, the game is basically rendered unplayable.
Graphics – Has not aged well, but for it’s time, can be considered pretty good.
Performance – Can run on a walnut.
Entertainment – I found nil, though it promises romantic novel genre of entertainment like Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.
Plot (if applicable) – There is just a campaign.
Replay value – Theoretically high, but practically nil.
Immersion – Theoretically should be immersive.
Overall it titillates you with promises of good enjoyment, but fails to deliver due to myriad of problems.