Excalibur (computer game)

Excalibur (computer game)

Infobox VG| title = Excalibur


developer = Chris Crawford
publisher = Atari Program Exchange
designer = Chris Crawford, Larry Summers, Valerie Atkinson
engine = Assembly
released = 1983
genre = Role-Playing
modes = Single player
ratings = N/A
platforms = Atari 8-bit
media = floppy disk
requirements = Atari 8-bit computer with 48K, disk drive
input = Joystick

"Excalibur" is a notable early resource-management/strategy computer game for the Atari 8-bit computers. It was designed by game design legend Chris Crawford, developed with the help of Larry Summers and Valerie Atkinson, and published by Atari Program Exchange in 1983.

The object of the game is to unite all of Britain under the rule of King Arthur. You invade kingdoms, set tithes for your vassals, send plagues and pestilences (with the help of Merlin) and manage the loyalty of your own Round Table by rewarding your knights or, if they grow too disloyal, by banishing them.

"Excalibur" was considered to be a well-balanced and elegant-looking game for the time. A trivial detail is that three of the knights of the game, Sremmus, Nosnikta and Drofwarc are named following the names of the creators of the game backwards.

External links

* [http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/peabody/game-book/Chapter8.html "Art of Computer Game Design" chapter describing creation of "Excalibur"]
* [http://www.atarimania.com/detail_soft.php?MENU=8&VERSION_ID=1898 atarimania.com] Review - Excalibur
* [http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n11/productreviews.html Antic Vol.2, No.11] - Product Review for "Excalibur"


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Legionnaire (computer game) — Infobox VG| title = Legionnaire developer = Chris Crawford designer = Chris Crawford publisher = Avalon Hill engine = custom released = 1982 genre = strategy, real time tactics modes = single player ratings = N/A platforms = Atari 8 bit,… …   Wikipedia

  • Gossip (computer game) — Infobox VG| title = Gossip developer = Atari publisher = Atari designer = Chris Crawford engine = released = 1983 genre = miscellaneous modes = ratings = N/A platforms = Atari 400/800/XL/XE media = cartridge requirements = input = Joystick Gossip …   Wikipedia

  • Tibia (computer game) — Infobox VG title = Tibia developer = CipSoft GmbH publisher= CipSoft GmbH designer= engine= released = January 1997, 2 3 updates per year (currently at version 8.31) genre = MMORPG modes = Multiplayer platforms = Windows, Linux media = Download… …   Wikipedia

  • Excalibur (disambiguation) — Excalibur is the mythical sword of King Arthur.Excalibur may also refer to: * Apache Excalibur (programming project), a project to produce a set of software components for the Java programming language * Excalibur (film), a 1981 film about the… …   Wikipedia

  • Vengeance of Excalibur — Infobox VG|title=Vengeance Of Excalibur developer=Synergistic Software publisher=Virgin Games Inc. designer=Robert Clardy Alan Clark engine= released=1991 genre=Computer role playing game modes=Single player ratings= platforms= PC (MS DOS), Amiga …   Wikipedia

  • Spirit of Excalibur — Infobox VG|title=Spirit Of Excalibur developer=Synergistic Software publisher=Virgin Mastertronic, Inc. designer=Robert Clardy Alan Clark Ron Martin engine= released=1990 genre=Role Playing Game modes=Single player ratings= platforms= PC (MS DOS) …   Wikipedia

  • Role-playing video game — Part of a series on …   Wikipedia

  • Chris Crawford (game designer) — Chris Crawford, 2011 Christopher Crawford (born in 1950) is a computer game designer and writer noted for creating a number of important games in the 1980s, founding The Journal of Computer Game Design, and organizing the Computer Game Developers …   Wikipedia

  • Chris Crawford on Game Design —   Author(s) Chris Crawford …   Wikipedia

  • The Ultimate Computer — Star Trek: The Original Series episode The M5 computer Episode no. Episode 53 …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.