Yay! I was hoping this game would come to GOG.
A short introduction from memory:
The goal is to either become the king, or defeat the dragon. There were several different ways in which one could become a more prominent knight: leading armies, conquering keeps and jousting.
As I recall, the battles weren't much fun. I seem to recall that every unit was weak against one kind of unit and strong against another, rock-paper-scissors style. Sadly, it was vey difficult to control the units effectively, so it tended to become more of a mosh pit were the winner was the one who brought the most units.
I don't remember much about the tournaments except that it was about keeping your lance at the right pixel to win honour for yourself and you Lady. The ladies had different preferences, different ways in which you'd have to be prominent to grab their interest; be noble and win tournaments, be rich, be a successful conqueror etc. I believe you could ultimately marry one of them, if she'd become sufficiently impressed and wooed. [EDIT:] Also the tournaments took place at different locations, so you'd have to travel around to get to them, kinda like Mount & Blade.
However, the most fun aspect was in my opinion taking over castles, first person style. You started out with crap equipment, which influenced how much damage you did and how much damage you could take. You could buy better equipment and also bring soldiers with you to aid in your conquest. Once you got the good equipment it was rather easy, though, and you became quite the one man army.
I remember playing it as a kid, getting as far as having a couple of armies outside of the king's castle, when he fled and it was game over. Still, I had fun and wouldn't mind playing the game again.
Definitely an instabuy, eh, at a later date.
EDIT: I seem to have forgotten about the team style battles at the tournaments. Oh well, I remembered a pro tip: it's a good idea to let them hit one of your comrades while you stab at them with impunity, for great honour! Good luck!
Pro tip 2: I seem to recall you could lure the army stationed in a keep you wanted to take over with an army of your own, and then lead them on a wild goose chase, whilst another army snuck around and fought what defenders were left. Good if you—like me—didn't like the battles, and just wanted to get to the castle conquering.
Post edited November 08, 2017 by MightyPinecone