Evil Crown

• Publisher: Argus Press
• Developer:
Concept Soft.
Release Date: 1985
Code: Unknown

GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 80%
Our Game Rating: 79%




> EVIL CROWN by Argus Press Software

• Completed & 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.

The aim 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.

It's 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.


The End.

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.


  • Neil: It ends like many other strategy games, but with a short bit of animation. Not bad considering it doesn't have a lot of animation in the game itself. 3/10.
  • Vinny: Not my kind of game, but a nice, simple game ending. 3/10 from me too.
  • 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 screenshots

    Just checked Wiki - did not know Argus owned Bug Byte and Quicksilva - always thought they were separate companies.

FINAL SAY: I expected to see the rank only at the end, so the picture and short animation was pretty cool to see.

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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