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Defender Of The Crown
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Information 7 reviews 2 manuals Cheatcode 6 weblinks
34 screenshots 10 boxscans 3 diskscans 14 miscshots 10 conversions Gamemap
Year of the first release1986LicenseCommercial
Number of disks (or CD)2PublisherCinemaware (Master Designer) - Rest of the World
Master Designer - Rest of the World
Mindscape - Rest of the World
Mirrorsoft - Europe
Number max of players1Budget publisherEDOS - United Kingdom
Mirror Image (Mirrorsoft) - Worldwide
Simultaneous max players1DeveloperMaster Designer
ArtistsCoder : Kellyn Beeck (Beck)
Coder : Robert J. Mical
Graphician : Bob Swiger
Graphician : Doug Smith
Graphician : James D. Sachs (Jim Sachs)
Graphician : John Cutter
Graphician : Richard La Barre
Graphician : Rob Landeros
Graphician : Sol Masid
Graphician : Steve Quinn
Musician : Bill Williams
Musician : Jim Cuomo
Misc : Bob Jacob
Misc : Kellyn Beeck (Beck)
Language in manual
Amiga original gameyes
Have cheatcodeyes
Have SPS releaseyes
WHD installyesWHD information
Updated  2008-01-01 21:33:49
HD installnoHD notes
SubcategoryStrategy - Map-based Historical
OriginPersonality - Legendary
QuickmatchDefender of the Crown
ScrolltypeInto Screen
ScrolltypeScrolling - Horizontal
ThemeMythological - Robin Hood
ViewpointFirst Person
ViewpointTop Down
Conversion hardwareAmstrad/Schneider CPC464/664/6128
Apple IIGS
Apple Macintosh (Classic)
Atari ST/E
Commodore C64/128
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Nintendo NES (Famicom)/Sharp Twin Famicom
PC (Windows)
Philips CD-i
Tandy PC/IBM PCjr
Conversion notes- PC versions: Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA, Tandy/PCjr.
- DOTC was unofficially ported to Spectrum & C16/+4.
- DOTC: DIGITALLY REMASTERED was released for PC/Mac in 2002.
- ROBIN HOOD: DOTC, a modern update of DOTC, was released for PS2, PC & Xbox in 2003.
Classic compilationTriad Volume 1
Prestige Sammlung, Die
3 Tickets To Another World
10 Megahits Vol 3
Relationshipis a precursor to Defender Of The Crown II
is a precursor to Défenseur de la Couronne II
is a precursor to Difensore della Corona II
is a precursor to El defensor de la Corona II
is a precursor to Verteidiger der Krone II
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Rarity: One version is common, at least one other version is rare One version is common, at least one other version is rareOne version is common, at least one other version is rare
Notes:   [1] Master Designer Software in association with Jack M. Zufelt and American Equity Resource presents a Cinemaware production, DEFENDER OF THE CROWN.

[2] Game design by Kellyn Beeck; game concept by Bob Jacob. Coding by Kellyn Beeck; computography and Mical Game System by Robert J. Mical. Graphics & special FX by Jim Sachs; additional gfx by Steve Quinn, Richard La Barre, Sol Masid, John Cutter, Rob Landeros, Doug Smith and Bob Swiger. Music composed by Jim Cuomo and coded by Bill Williams.

[3] The Mical Game System used in the development of DOTC was written by Commodore Amiga software engineer and hardware designer, Robert J. Mical.

[4] Game must be launched from WB.

[5] Game manufactured and distributed by Mindscape in the USA and Australasia.


[1] According to the game manual, DOTC is a tribute to classic Hollywood adventure movies, most notably Robin Hood, which brought to life tales of dashing heroes, damsels in distress and royal kingdoms. Indeed, 5 pages of the manual are devoted to discussion of the mythical legend of Robin Hood and the movies/TV series based on the character that were produced up until the 1986 release of DOTC.

[2] Jack M. Zufelt, who is acknowledged in the game intro, is an American network market industry consultant, book author and international speaker.

[3] The Amiga version of DOTC was written in 6 weeks. Given the loss of two coders and a strict deadline for the product to be released, a few features which appeared in subsequent releases on other platforms did not make it into the Amiga version (e.g. the Greek fire and disease attack options). In a 1988 interview, Cinemaware founder Bob Jacob judged that the most definitive version of DOTC released was for rival platform, the Atari ST [Source: Cinemaware feature article, Your Amiga, June 88, p16].

[4] At the time of release DOTC reportedly was the largest game ever released, containing a "massive" 1.5Mb of graphics alone [Source: Cinemaware development article, Commodore Magazine (USA), Oct 87, p73].

[5] DOTC won the Software Publishers Association's 1986 award for Best Graphics (16-Bit Division).

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