The Adventures of Robin Hood
I hardly think I need to discuss the plot to a game called “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” but just in case, here’s a nutshell version:
1. Get kicked out of your castle by Sheriff of Nottingham.
2. Assemble band of merry men.
3. Gain popularity of people by robbing from rich and giving to poor.
4. Be declared an outlaw.
5. Woo Maid Marian.
6. Take back castle, ruin/kill Sheriff, hoorah.
7. No this game is not based on any of the movies (especially one’s
starring Kevin Costner)
Robin Hood starts with an amusing little intro in which Robin is stripped of his castle. You take control of the sulking (no really, it’s quite funny) Robin outside the gates. This gives one the idea that Robin is not the most together or competent individual, despite what the stories say. Your job is to lead Robin on his quest to regain his castle. You don’t so much control Robin directly as click on where/what you want him to do and he does them, sometimes not quite how you wanted him to. Rescuing Will Scarlet, for example, involves shooting his captors with your bow. Save your game before you fire, as you’re just as about as likely to shoot Will instead of the guard… Erm, sorry, Will. This is mildly irritating, but actually goes along well with the feel of the rest of the game.
The game is played in isometric 3/4 view used by Populous/Power Monger and quite a few other god sim type games. Infact the game has that very sort of feel to it. You feel more as if you’re leading Robin to victory rather actually BEING Robin. The graphics are a bit on the small side, but very well done. All the major characters are easily identified and instantly lovable (it’s disgusting really). There are some static images to set the mood for certain events (such as the changing of the seasons) that are quite good (given this game’s age (’91)). All in all Robin Hood does a fine job on the visual front.
The sound does it’s job well, but is nothing too amazing. The bow makes a little “thwip” sound when you fire it, the castle gate clatters up and down, horns herald announcements and hangings, church bells ring, etc.