Defender of the Crown (1986)


Genre Period Developer Publisher Theme
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.

Game Assessment

Complexity Matrix 

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
Difficulty 1: High
Learning Curve 1: High
Total Score 5.5/7: Heavyweight game 

Satisfaction Matrix

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

Game Review

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


  • Age
  • Graphics
  • 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.


Author: Rex Aurelius

Cogito ergo sum.

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