Knights of the Rounda game by Capcom
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Hark ye, lords and ladies. Heft Excalibur, the legendary Sword in the Stone, and prepare to seek the Crail. Forsooth, thy quest is honorable, but its lack of fun may sorely try thy patience.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Despite a time-honored game play formula in the tradition of such greats as Golden Axe, Knights of the Round, which is based on a classic arcade title, doesn't cut it as a 16-bit game. Slow, repetitive game play dulls the edge of this otherwise-average game.
As either Arthur, Lancelot, or Percival (each with different knightly strengths), you pursue the Grail through seven stages of side-scrolling hack-n-slash, hack-n-slash, hack-n-slash action. Other than trying to leap astride a horse, strategy is limited to increasing your power, defense, and speed by whacking the tar out of every enemy in sight.
ProTip: It's a heck of a lot easier to defend yourself from the back of your horse -- for example, against the Stage 2 Boss.
A standard cache of power- ups await you, including chests of riches that increase your experience points (earn 'em by, guess what, hacking- n-slashing your foes). Power orbs, 1-ups, and more are scattered hither and yon.
The controls are easy to learn (jump, attack, and block), and your knight has a few tricks up his sleeve, such as his Mega Crush Sword Attack and the ability to attack while riding a horse. (Psst... you can turn the horse around... just hit Button B.)
A Day with the Knights
Large sprites (especially the horse) are impressive, and appropriately Arthurian graphics serve as a backdrop for the action. Fortunately, there's no sign of the sprite flicker seen in this game's precursor, King of Dragon.
The average tunes fail to stir the blood, but they don't detract from the action. Requisite grunts and groans punctuate the swordplay.
If you can back your, foes off the side of the screen, you can sometimes manage to continually slash them as they try to return. But if you put your own back to the side of the screen, you can easily fight off advancing foes.
Chivalry Isn't Dead
There's nothing all that bad about Knights of the Round, but it's not spectacular enough to stand out from the crowd. For the most fun, stick with the two-player mode. If you cut your teeth on Golden Axe and other classic hack-n-slash games, Knights of the Round'll be the kind of crusade you'll enjoy. If you can't abide this type of action/adventure, let someone else search for the Holy Grail.
- Use the Mega Crush Sword Attack sparingly. It uses up a lot of health and usually isnt necessary.
- If you manage Jo block an enemy attack, you'll be temporarily Invincible.
- Don't let yourself be surrounded by enemies. If they're hacking at you from both sides, you'll have a hard time defending yourself.