Sierra's attempt into creating a Robin Hood themed game has resulted in a strong adventure game.
This standalone adaption of Robin Hood, is one of the Sierra games lacking the (oh so charming) text parser. A blessing for most players perhaps, but for the old adventure game purists like myself, it might require some time getting used to.
Story-wise there isn’t much to say here that most people don’t already know. The game starts with Robin and his band for merry men already formed and it’s not until later on you encounter Lady Marian. Of course your basic task is to get as much of ransom gold to free King Richard, while in the meantime stay out of the hands the evil sheriff’s men. The foundation is there, you get to steal from the rich and help the poor. Bow shooting is presented in a nice sort of mini-game and even the famous split of the arrow makes its appearance in this adaption. The only one that seems to be missing here, is Guy of Gisborne. Oh well, he was a bit of a bastard anyway…
The graphics of the game might be somewhat of a letdown. The use of colors appear to be a bit cluttered. Especially in crowded scenes the artwork seems to be a bit sloppy. In other scenes however the hand-painted artwork manages to stand out nicely. Robin himself is pictured as an older scruffy looking archer, not the kind of hero you might suspect and certainly no Kevin Costner! Also some of the animations seem to stutter a bit and appear less fluently. The sound however is beautiful, especially for those that can listen through the Roland version are treated with a lovely soundtrack.
The game itself and the puzzles presented are filled with lore and mythology. More than once this game reminded me of. You are required to solve challenging riddles, learn how to use hand-codes, identify gemstones and much more. The game also has some entertaining encounters, in which you have to disguise yourself, fight the bad guys and make tactical decisions with your band of merry men (and a woman not to forget!).
In conclusion,is a challenging game with lots of variety. Perhaps not Sierra's best, but entertaining nonetheless.