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Lend Me Your Bow - Robin Hood: Legend of Sherwood Review

by: Aaron R. ; edited by: Eric Stallsworth ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

A review of Robin Hood: Legend of Sherwood. This fun 2D tactical game offers some unique gameplay for those who couldn't get into the all stealth gameplay of Commandos. Look inside for a review of this unique game.

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    Robin Hood: Legend of Sherwood is a 2D tactical game. It's basically a conversion of the popular Commandos series, except it offers a little more diversity in the terms of gameplay. You will be following Robin Hood on his war to restore the throne to Richard the Lionheart. This works as a nice excuse to do a bunch of raids and robberies.

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    The game takes place over a series of missions. You will have a number of hero units along with Merry Men who can be brought along for help. You can only take a few with you for each mission though, so you'll have to be good at taking out multiple soldiers with minimal force.

    This is done through a mixture of tactical gameplay. This is also where it diverges from the gameplay of Commandos, as you are able to choose combat or stealth. It is possible to carefully use force as necessary or to use stealth and abilities to knock out or confuse soldiers. For example, a large group of soldiers can be neutralized by any combat character quickly knocking them out with a risky assault. They could also be convinced to start a fight by throwing a coin purse into their midst or they could be temporarily trapped in a net. There are also ways to use stones to knock them out, arrows to kill them, wine to distract them, etc. All of these skills can be used in conjunction with combat to clear a path to your objectives.

    I also think it deserves special mention that there is only one mission where you can't kill anyone. Otherwise, you will be able to kill as many as you want. The only penalty is that you will have less recruits due to Robin Hood's decreased image. This means lower production at Sherwood Forest, but that's manageable.

    The swordplay system is a mixed bag. You have the character selected do maneuvers by drawing little images. If you want to do a straight thrust, you draw a line. A sweeping strike is a half circle. It's a little innovative but ultimately unneeded. It's no worse than pressing a button though.

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    The graphics aren't too pretty. It's a standard isometric map with decent character models. You can tell the people apart, but that's about it. The environments are fairly pretty though, so that makes up for it. It's just a standard 2D map.

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    System Requirements

    These might as well not even exist. You need 64 MB of RAM and a 4 MB video card. I honestly don't know of too many computers that wouldn't be able to manage this. I played it with 1 GB of RAM and a Nvidia MX 420 video card, so no problems here. I doubt you'll have any problems on any existing and still functioning machines.

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    I just think that this was a well done game. The gameplay is fun and the missions are varied. You have a lot of options depending on your personal style so both stealth players and combat junkies will be happy.

    It's also another bargain game so you should get more than your money's worth out of it. I know I've played through it a few times since I bought it.