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In Sir Lancelot for the ColecoVision, you portray the title character. As Sir Lancelot, King Arthur's bravest knight, you ride a winged horse named Pegasus and wield a charmed lance. You are a defender of women and have rescued Queen Guinevere numerous times. Your current mission is to save fair maidens Carolyn, Lauren, Sarah and Elisabeth from imminent death at the clutches of four flying dragons (one dragon per damsel in distress). Prior to reaching each helpless victim, you must first battle a screen full of evil flying creatures.
The first creatures you must face are snakes, which fly in horizontal patterns. Then you must rescue Carolyn, who is being held captive in a castle by an old dragon. Next, you must destroy a plethora of monster bees, which fly in horizontal patterns and reverse directions. Sarah awaits rescue in the next level from her captor, a young dragon by the name of Grok. Prior to reaching screen number six, you must make it through a swarm of killer dragonflies that fly horizontally in both directions and will frequently swoop down for the attack.
Screen six has you trying to rescue Lauren from Jarek the Speedy, a dragon known for its quickness. Screen seven introduces invisibility to the mix. Here you must face the Invisible Invincibles, a type of creature whose blinking eyes are the only visible aspect of their bodies. These creatures are very fast and can fly all over the screen. Lastly, you must defeat Hanek the Horrible, an incredibly fast dragon whose captive is the fair maiden Elisabeth.
The basic creature-battling action in Sir Lancelot is similar to that of Joust in that you must repeatedly push a button to flap your steed's wings, and you must fly above your opponent in order to win a face to face duel. If you are facing away from or are lower than the creature at the point of a head to head collision, you will lose a life. If both you and an enemy are the same height at the time of collision, or you are both facing away, you will bounce safely off of one another.
In each rescue screen, a dragon moves back and forth across the top of the playfield while a woman lies helplessly near a lava pit. You should avoid the stunning effects of the dragon's fiery breath and the lava pit below while trying to pierce the dragon's soft stomach with your lance. If you do not defeat the dragon quickly enough on any given screen, the lava pit will rise to consume the maiden and yourself. Another way to die is to touch the dragon in a place other than its stomach.
Sir Lancelot is built for two, but players must take turns. After you finish all eight screens, the action continues from the beginning at a harder pace. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide