In Crossbow, you and several friends are trying to cross many treacherous landscapes in order to retrieve stolen treasures from the castle of the Evil Master. All of the members of your party are unarmed, however you carry a crossbow. Using this, you need to shoot any obstacles or hostile enemies that may get in the way of your friends as they cross the screen. You see the landscape from a first person point of view, and one by one each member of the party will walk from the left to right on the screen. There are many different landscapes that need to be crossed, each with its own variety of dangers. There are deserts with scorpions, ice caverns, jungles with hostile monkeys, a lava spewing volcano, and even the heavily guarded castle. The game starts with two friends in your party, with additional friends joining after clearing certain parts of the game. The game ends when everyone in your party has been killed.
"Brave hero, you are my truest eye; my most skilled champion; my trusted commander! I put you in charge of the oblivious children of my sister-in-law. What buffoons! I have sent them on a 'road trip' of sorts. Protect them at all costs..."
Well, that's not exactly the plot, but it may as well be. You have to protect a group of wandering adventures - and wandering is all they seem to do - that are completely oblivious to the myriad of mayhem and plethora of perils that surround them. All manner of badgering beast, evil magic, and natural disaster challenge you for the life of the adventures. The only weapon you have to defend them is your trusty...
Crossbow! This is a PC remake of an old arcade favorite offering EGA graphics, which are passable but certainly not a bull's eye. The sound misses the mark consisting only of noises via the speaker, but at least they indicate the pending baddie about to beset your group.
Like a searing crossbow bolt to the neck, this game hurts at first, and then mercifully ends quickly! If you were a fan of the arcade game then this will hit the mark, otherwise you can find a better way to get shafted.
A fun, mindless shooting game that should be considered a true ancestor of today's inexplicably famous 3D hunting games, gameplay Crossbow is simple: shoot anything that moves on the screen. You star the legendary archer William Tell who is on a quest to find his missing son. The imaginative targets, colorful screens, and the various paths you can pick toward the end guarantee that you'll never see it all on your first run-through.
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