Simply put anyone that knows me or has gotten to do so over the time I’ve been in and around retro games knows just how much I love this game. Even the original editor of Retro Gamer magazine, Martyn Carroll knows how far and wide my love affair with the gallant Sir Knight infested Moonstone goes.
To cut the story short is easy enough. You play one of four differently suited knights, who more or less look like a glorified medieval Reservoir Dogs when you consider their colour choices, that go off on a quest to find the sacred Moonstone and bring much greatness to the land. It’s just a shame that loads of evil, demonic and downright rough looking minions are out there to stop you from doing so.
This was GTA IV and Gears of War 2 for our generation. That forbidden fruit that we knew we shouldn’t have, but were desperate to get our hands on anyway. It was so gruesome that it was banned in the US and Germany for it. OK, so it may look a bit tame now, but it still gives you a very good afternoon’s gameplay even now.
For a one button joystick control system you ended up with a very intuitive and easy to use attack style, although regardless of how good you were, death would be inevitable at some point, and it was then that the graphics really came to life (in a way).
To me this has always been a cracking game and it more than likely always will be. The visuals are still pleasing, as is the music, coded by the late, great Richard Joseph. With 4 people round the telly this can still be really good fun and if I’m honest I can’t think of a better game to get an XBLA/PSN conversion.
Always found the hardest creatures to defeat were the swamp monster and the dragon. Never really got used to fighting either of them. The easiest to defeat were the little 'critter' like creatures in the forest areas. Some great memories of this game and wished I'd kept the big box version I had for the Amiga, which I believe got sold at a carboot for a couple of quid. Sad times.
Not many details in this review, for someone who loves this game so much its a bit lacking in substance. Either way great to see the game on here and inspired to write my own good stuff.
I thought this was always a funny and enjoyable game, although once you find out how to defeat each of the different enemies (including the dragon) I think it gets a bit easy. I agree with the assessment that the multi-player version isn't quite as good as the single player - the better player(s) would just knock the others out of the game, and most of the time there wasn't much simultaneous player action.