Knights of the Round

a game by Capcom
Platform: SNESSNES
Genre: Fighting Games
Rating: 6/10
See also: RPGs
Knights of the Round Poster

Hark ye, lords and ladies. Heft Excalibur, the legendary Sword in the Stone, and prepare to seek the Crail. Forsooth, thy quest is honorable, but its lack of fun may sorely try thy patience.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Despite a time-honored game play formula in the tradition of such greats as Golden Axe, Knights of the Round, which is based on a classic arcade title, doesn't cut it as a 16-bit game. Slow, repetitive game play dulls the edge of this otherwise-average game.

As either Arthur, Lancelot, or Percival (each with different knightly strengths), you pursue the Grail through seven stages of side-scrolling hack-n-slash, hack-n-slash, hack-n-slash action. Other than trying to leap astride a horse, strategy is limited to increasing your power, defense, and speed by whacking the tar out of every enemy in sight.

ProTip: It's a heck of a lot easier to defend yourself from the back of your horse -- for example, against the Stage 2 Boss.

A standard cache of power- ups await you, including chests of riches that increase your experience points (earn 'em by, guess what, hacking- n-slashing your foes). Power orbs, 1-ups, and more are scattered hither and yon.

The controls are easy to learn (jump, attack, and block), and your knight has a few tricks up his sleeve, such as his Mega Crush Sword Attack and the ability to attack while riding a horse. (Psst... you can turn the horse around... just hit Button B.)

A Day with the Knights

Large sprites (especially the horse) are impressive, and appropriately Arthurian graphics serve as a backdrop for the action. Fortunately, there's no sign of the sprite flicker seen in this game's precursor, King of Dragon.

The average tunes fail to stir the blood, but they don't detract from the action. Requisite grunts and groans punctuate the swordplay.

If you can back your, foes off the side of the screen, you can sometimes manage to continually slash them as they try to return. But if you put your own back to the side of the screen, you can easily fight off advancing foes.

Chivalry Isn't Dead

There's nothing all that bad about Knights of the Round, but it's not spectacular enough to stand out from the crowd. For the most fun, stick with the two-player mode. If you cut your teeth on Golden Axe and other classic hack-n-slash games, Knights of the Round'll be the kind of crusade you'll enjoy. If you can't abide this type of action/adventure, let someone else search for the Holy Grail.

  • Use the Mega Crush Sword Attack sparingly. It uses up a lot of health and usually isnt necessary.
  • If you manage Jo block an enemy attack, you'll be temporarily Invincible.
  • Don't let yourself be surrounded by enemies. If they're hacking at you from both sides, you'll have a hard time defending yourself.

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Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • Machine: SNES
  • Range: action
  • Players: 1, or 2 cooperative
  • Levels: 7
  • Difficulty: medium

Get ready, fighting fans - Capcom's got some medieval mayhem for your vicious little appetites. Knights of the Round sounds like a fantasy RPG, but it's much more an action game in the Final Fight 2 tradition.

You'd think once Arthur pulled Excalibur from its stony prison that all would be peaceful in Camelot. But alas, other knights and kings would have nothing to do with the upstart youngster. So Arthur conferred with Merlin, and the two decided that the only way to unite England is to find the Holy Grail. Knights of the Round sends Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival out on a quest to return peace and prosperity to Camelot.

Knights of the Round may not quite live up to the Final Fight series, but its lush medieval setting is a welcome change from gritty urban streets. The wide variety of moves at your disposal also makes it exciting to play. If you've always wanted to be a knight in shining armor, here's a good place to start.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Number of Levels: 7
  • Theme: Action

It was bound to happen. The incredible success of the arcade smash has now been brought to the screens of the Super NES! The game is played in the usual side-scrolling manner, but there are many differences that make this title unique from the rest. First off, you have three characters to choose from. There is also the possibility that you'll get the opportunity to find a sturdy mare to ride upon and double your attack power. But the most unique feature is a level-up system where your character will become more powerful and even change into a different, more experienced fighter upon reaching a certain score! You can also have a friend join in to increase the amount of fun when storming a castle! A nice conversion that should please any fan of the arcade game!

Boss 1: Scorne

The vile scum has attacked an innocent village! Go down and wipe them out completely. Be careful when you go up against Scorn. He is very skilled with his giant pike!

Boss 2: Braford

Stage Two will have you battling your way through forests and prairie-lands. Once you make it to the castle entrance, Braford the swordsman will attack riding atop a gallant mare!

Boss 3: King Arlon

You now enter King Arlon's gigantic castle. Here you will be able to get a horse for battle. Be careful when you meet up with the Silver King himself. He's really tough!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • Machine: Super NES

This is another side-scrolling, hack-and-slash medieval adventure where you can choose from one of three fighters. The two-player simultaneous is a big plus, and the Bosses are challenging. A good translation of the arcade.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Action

Knights of the Round for the Super Nintendo is one action-packed game you won't want to miss!

Still hot from the arcades, this game has you choosing from three of the fabled knights of the Round Table. You can be the brave King Arthur, the mighty Percival or the elegant Lancelot.

As you travel through the realm, you'll face countless enemies who are out for your blood. Fortunately you can power-up your weapons and armor by increasing your experience points in battle. Collect enough and you'll get more armor for your warrior.

If you are looking for a good game where you hack lots of bad guys to pieces, Knights of the Round has it all - plus it's stress relieving.

reggie posted a review

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