Defender of the Crown

Defender of the Crown is a classic strategy computer game. The game is set in Medieval England and is loosely based on the historical novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.
King Richard has been assassinated and England needs a new King. Just to make it worse, the Royal Crown has been stolen. A civil war breaks out and so begins the battle between 6 Lords to take over all of England. You get to join the action as one of 4 Saxon Lords. You start off with one castle and a tiny army, and must conquer other counties to boost your income and army. You get to fight computer simulated battles, raid enemy castles, fire a catapult at castle walls, go jousting and rescue a few beautiful maidens in distress. Robin Hood makes a guest appearance of course. In fact Robin was the one who stole the Crown...oops sorry, I just ruined the whole game :-) There is also a movie Ivanhoe (1952) starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine.

Defender of the Crown was released on many different platforms and I am collecting as many versions as possible. Please contact me if you have anything I can add to this page.
Commodore 64
PC - CGA (4 color)*
PC - EGA (16 color)*
Atari ST
Apple II GS
Nintendo (NES - ROM)
CPC (French)

I recommend the Emulated Amiga version.

* NOTE: The PC - CGA, and PC - EGA versions of the games were designed to run on older IBM compatible Systems. You may experience problems getting them to run on a modern day PC.

Cinemaware, the orignal makers of
Defender of the Crown, have released a 3D version of the game on various platforms

You can purchase it online at Amazon.

Robin Hood Defender of the Crown - PlayStation 2

Robin Hood Defender of the Crown - Xbox

Defender of the Crown Heroes Live Forever is another remake of the Classic game by eGames

Here are some screenshots of the game I have collected.

The Castle Siege

One of the beautiful maidens

Fanfare before a Jousting Tournament

Raiding the Castle

Website of James D. Sachs - Game artist
Fan site with samples of the music from the game