CRUSADER: ADVENTURE OUT OF TIME
Crusading through multimedia history
Very little in history shows the arrogance of European
nobility more than the attempts by Western Europe to take on the Muslims
of the Middle East during several crusades. The battlecry to protect/free
the holy city of Jerusalem from heathens (Muslims and Jews) drew massive
armies of kings, lords, knights, peasants and even children from all over
Europe in a religious madness of unthinking fervour.
the way, the most Christian armies ransacked cities and put their citizens
to the sword - unfortunately, many victims were themselves Christians
- and embroiled themselves in political in-fighting that would make modern
parliaments look like kindergartens. Still, the Crusades gave us legendary
figures such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, as well as giving us
the first real wars over religion.
history buffs interested in the Crusades, Europress has come up with a
very fine multimedia look at political life in the Middle Ages and the
hows and wheres of the campaigns to "free" Christendom from the infidels.
in France in 1183 as part of a besieging army that is sent by the King
to put an upstart knight, Arthaud, in his place. With a series of puzzles
you work out how to fire a trebuchet to knock down his walls, send in
mining parties to undermine his walls and finally capture his castle.
After four years in a tiny dungeon, Arthaud becomes the hero as he is
ordered to save holy relics from the Muslims attacking Jerusalem.
do you have to use the old gray matter in Crusader, but you learn one
heck of a lot about the times, the politics and general how-things-were-done-back-then.
are very good, the interface reasonably easy to get around and the storyline
intriguing. If you get stuck the developers have kindly put in a how-to
booklet that makes life much easier. If you are the slightest bit interested
in the Middle Ages or the Crusades then this is a title that will not
only entertain you, but actually give you the feeling of living in the
times. A very fine product.