& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Evil Crown by Argus Press software is a strategy
game set in medieval England. It's an icon driven game
that you control by joystick. You can manipulate various
factors of your kingdom, including tax rates and tolls.
of the game is to create a large wealthy kingdom and
raise your personal status. You can hunt, harvest and
enter jousting tournaments to raise your profile and
wealth. It's all a case of using your hard earned cash
correctly and balancing the books while keeping your
population happy. The better you do, the more your
kingdom will grow.
Graphically it is very basic with simple use of colour.
There's not a great deal of sound or animation that's
worth mentioning really.
also quite tricky at first but you will get the idea
eventually. It may take many attempts to get the idea of
what you need to do. Overall it's a simple and
interesting strategy game. I'm sure I would have liked
this one back in the day if I had played it.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I kept playing until I understood it. I also saved my
game a lot to ensure I didn't take any backward steps in
increasing my kingdom's success.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
If you manage to rule the entire map, the game ends
after the final battle. You are given a title, in the
best case scenario it is 'KING'. The number of years you
ruled is shown along with your final score. A picture of
a king sitting on a throne is also shown, and a crown
falls down onto his head. Pressing the fire button
restarts the game.
- Andrew Fisher:
So, an early Defender of the Crown then.
Fun little animation to round it off.
- Andy Vaisey:
Well it's not much but at least you get more than the
dreaded text only 'Well Done' message.
I think I've mentioned before on this site that there is
nothing worse than a text ending that is also in the
standard C64 ROM 'font'. And this game commits this sin.
Lowest of the low...
- Brendan Phoenix:
It's an ok little ending for this type of game.
I never got excited by Argus Press Software though -
their games always looked boring. I remember now, the
advert in ZZAP!64 for The Force and being baffled by the
Just checked Wiki - did not know Argus owned Bug Byte
and Quicksilva - always thought they were separate
expected to see the rank only at the end, so the picture
and short animation was pretty cool to see.
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