In Robin Hood you must perform many heroic deeds to change the public impression of you from "villain" to "hero." To he ultimate aim is to retake your castle, which is captured in the intro sequence. This involves bringing together your band of merry men, and killing the Sheriff and his guards. There are around 6 extra items you can find in the game, most of which aren't essential but make the game a lot easier. The whole interface is similar to Populous: you don't direct Robin directly but with icons which are placed around the screen.
The AI citizens of Sherwood go about their lives as normal, so it's another game that you can spend just watching and wandering through rather than trying to complete.
This game is based on the extremely popular Adventures of Robin Hood. However, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the history of this spectacular archer and bandit, here's the story in a nutshell:
1. Get kicked out of your castle by the Sheriff of Nottingham.2. Assemble a band of merry men.3. Gain popularity by robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.4. Be declared an outlaw.5. Woo Maid Marian.6. Take back the castle, ruin/kill the Sheriff, hoorah.7. No, this game is not based on any of the movies (especially not the one starring Kevin Costner).
Robin Hood starts with an amusing little intro in which Robin is stripped of his castle. You take control of the sulking (no really, it's quite funny) Robin outside the gates. This gives the impression that Robin is not the most together or competent individual, despite what the stories say. Your job is to lead Robin on his quest to regain his castle. You don't so much control Robin directly as click on where/what you want him to do, and he does so, sometimes not quite the way you wanted him to. Rescuing Will Scarlet, for example, involves shooting his captors with your bow. Save your game before you fire, as you're just as likely to shoot Will instead of the guard... Erm, sorry, Will. This is mildly irritating, but actually goes along well with the feel of the rest of the game.
The game is played in isometric 3/4 view used by Populous, Power Monger and quite a few other god-sim type games. In fact, the game has that very sort of feel to it. You feel more as if you're leading Robin to victory than as if you're actually BEING Robin. The graphics are a bit on the small side, but very well done (think of a greener Art of War). All the major characters are easily identified and instantly lovable (it's disgusting really). There are some static images to set the mood for certain events (such as the changing of seasons) that are quite good. All in all, Robin Hood does a fine job on the visual front.
The sound does its job well, but is nothing too amazing. The bow makes a little "thwip" sound when you fire it, the castle gate clatters up and down, horns herald announcements and hangings, church bells ring, etc. That's about it, really; no pumping industrial soundtrack by Trent Reznor (no soundtrack at all, actually), no "chick-chick" of shotguns being cocked, no sounds of people running around screaming while on fire... Wow, sorry, Quake took over my brain for a moment there.
All in all, Robin Hood is a fun little game with quite a bit of humour to keep you into it. There are a few points at which it isn't very obvious as to what you should be doing and thus you spend a bit of time wandering around doing nothing, but this doesn't happen too often and never becomes a problem (you can always go and practice with your bow at the target if you're bored or totally flabbergasted). Enjoy the game!
This a great little game I used to play on the ST. The game starts as you, Robin Hood, being evicted from your castle, along with your people, by the evil sheriff of Nottingham.
Your task is to wander the landscape, recruiting merry men, and using resources to get your castle back. Who knows, you might even lull Maid Marrian into your arms in the process.
The game is an isometric view, with fairly decent graphics. You can attack guards with your sword or bow and arrow, see the soothsayer, save peasants from hanging. The sheriff grows to dislike you very easily; if youre not careful, you might find yourself at the end of a long rope yourself ;)
All in all, a fun little game, with good depth of play.
In Robin Hood you must perform many heroic deeds to change the public impression of you from "villain" to "hero." It's a cutesy little game where NPCs do follow their own agenda, and are amusing to watch.
Despite the picture of Kevin Costner on the cover, the game is (thank goodness) not based on the movie. The game begins with a funny intro in which Robin's castle was overthrown. You take control of the sulking Robin outside the castle gates. Your job, of course, is to lead Robin on his quest to regain his castle, by recruiting enough "merry men" and collecting enough gold from unwilling aristocrats. The control scheme is quite awkward, and complicated by the very tiny graphics. Rescuing Will Scarlet, for example, involves shooting his captors with your bow. Save your game before you fire, as you're just as about as likely to shoot Will instead of the guard. This is mildly irritating, but actually goes along well with the feel of the rest of the game. Beware of the confusing interface though: user-friendly it ain't, and the tiny animations are hard to see, not to mention some frustrating action sequences and obscure clues. Those who are patient will be well rewarded with an amusing little game.
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