Knight Games consists of eight self-contained small games with a medieval theme. Two are shooting games. The Crossbow event involves moving a crosshair so as to hit one of an array of rotating targets. Once you've mastered this you are ready for Archery - this time you must hit targets which move from left to right, so timing is more important.
The other six involve one-on-one combat. There are two sword-fighting battles against different backdrops; in each of them you must make 10 hits to get your opponent down, and do that 10 times to win overall. Time your jabs and shields to achieve this.
The other four events follow the same formula, but with slightly different weapons. The Quartermast event is on a log, although the action is still only 2-dimensional. Ball & Chain, Axe and Pike battles complete the set. All can be played by 2 human players.
Once upon a time there lived a king, who obviously got bored. To amuse himself he decided to hold a tournament. Many valiant knights came to fight for honor and possible the hand of a semi-beautiful (maybe even only semi) maiden, but the marriage would help their own social status immensely. And good knight must be skilled in the usage of various assembly of weaponry. Thus the contest know as the Knight Games begun.
Unfortunately there's no real plot to the game. You get to select a discipline you wish to fight in, then select the one or two player game, select the difficulty and the control device for your knight. The keys for player one are on the left side of the keyboards (with S being fire and the surrounding keys meaning the appropriate direction). The moves you can perform aren't really all that diverse. You move back and forth by holding fire and moving left or right, every other attempt to move will cause you to perform an attack. You only have a limited number of moves (pressing directions while holding fire, or without holding fire). After selecting all this you get to fight in the following disciplines:
Sword Fight 1: Two knights get to fight each other with the swords (a classical heroic head to head clash of the armor).
Quarter Staff: Remember the scene from Robin Hood, when Robin had to fight Little John. Well, this is your chance to reenact this very scene.
Archery: This is not a head to head event. You need to hit the bull's eye (just watch out for the angry bull later), or simply hit the centre of the target (unfortunately to shoot a bull's eye, you'll need to leave your room, get a real bow and arrow and go search for a bull).
Ball and Chain: What a malicious way to fight. Really, it really is. You get to use the malice to smash your rusting opponent (you wish he'd really be rusting) to smithereens.
Sword Fight 2: It's much like the original swordfight, but the scenery is somewhat different (and the moves are not quite identical).
Pikestaff: Anyone for Shish-ka-Bob? Well, invite your friend (who's name has to be Bob) over and run a pikestaff through him. Or at least imagine that the opponent in this event is a Bob (any Bob will do).
Crossbow: Is again an event where you don't get to go head on head, but you'll need precision. May your aim be through, your hand steady and your arrow fly strait into *insert a name of a person you really hate here*'s back side.
Axeman: Ever consider joining the lumberjacks? You have? But you were afraid of the tall timber fighting back... Well then, you can practice against a knight that will undoubtedly try to chop you before you do the same to him.
Knight Games is a fun collection of medieval sports that is similar to Epyx's California Games in playability and unique events, although the graphics is inferior and the controls are not as intuitive. Prove your valor and skills in 8 exciting events including Sword Fighting, Duelling Axemen, Archery, Quarterstaff Bashing, Crossbow Shooting, Sword Fighting 2, Ball and Chain Flailing, and Pikestaff Contests. Crossbow Shooting and Ball and Chain Flailing are the best of the bunch, as there are many new targets and surprises the more you play. The rest of the games become repetitive after a while-- each new opponent isn't any tougher than the last one, and they all look the same except for different color clothes. Overall, an interesting game to while away 15-20 minutes at a time, but long-term play value is nil.
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