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The video game, Willow, is based on the 1988 Ron Howard-directed film of the same name. The film starred Warwick Davis as Willow and Val Kilmer as his swordsman companion, Madmartigan. Both actors images appear at the beginning of the game and their video game characters bear some resemblance. In the game (as in the movie), Willow and Madmartigan battle through an enchanted kingdom to defeat the evil Queen Bavmorda. Willow has sworn to protect a baby who is destined to end the queen's tyranny. Madmartigan begrudgingly agrees to help him.
Willow is a weapons and magic-based, side-scrolling, two-dimensional adventure. In one- player games, players alternate between the two main characters. In two-player games, both characters are used simultaneously with Player 1 playing as Willow and Player 2 playing as Madmartigan. In Each level of Willow, the heroes face an assault of trolls, goblins and other mythical creatures. During play, the heroes can collect coins to be used in shops. Players can buy health and weapons in the shops to help them in their adventures. At the end of each level, the hero (or heroes) face a boss character that must be dispatched with multiple hits to its weak point. At the end of the game, the hero (or heroes) face the evil queen. ~ Anthony Baize, All Game Guide