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Defender of the Crown
Box artwork for Defender of the Crown.
Developer(s) Kellyn Beck
Publisher(s) Cinemaware
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
System(s) Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, NES, Macintosh, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore CDTV, Philips CD-i, Windows, Game Boy Advance, iOS
Mode(s) Single Player
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
Followed by Defender of the Crown II
Series Defender of the Crown
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This is the first game in the Defender of the Crown series. For other games in the series see the Defender of the Crown category.

Defender of the Crown is a turn-based strategy game set during a 1199 civil war between Saxons and Normans, and was released in 1986. In the following year, it was updated and ported to Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, NES and Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

After the King returns from the Holy Land, he bestows knighthood over six warriors that assisted him during the Crusade; three Saxons and three Normans. When one of the Saxon knights meets with Robin of Locksley, he learns of the assassination of the King, which will lead the country into a civil war as the two nationalities accuse each other of stealing the crown.

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