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Turning computer games into movies was a new idea in 1986, when Bay Area company Cinemaware released Defender of the Crown. Like other Cinemaware games, it combines an old Hollywood formula (here, the Robin Hood movie) with vivid, hand-drawn graphics that showcased the graphic possibilities of new 16-bit systems. Yet the game itself is nothing revolutionary. As a Saxon in medieval England, players participate in simple sword fighting, jousting, and catapulting arcade sequences. But the gameplay isn't the point; it's the midnight rescues of damsels, passionate love scenes, and dazzling tournaments this game is concerned with. And in this, Defender of the Crown succeeded as a completely new kind of computer game experience, giving way to a remake in mid-2002. ~ John Gorenfeld, All Game Guide