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Strategy: Management
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Dougie: The Evil Crown is an Icon driven, trading simulation of the middle ages, where you take the part of lord and master over the peasants. But that's not enough to satisfy your lust for power, so you're going for the big one, The Evil Crown, Top Dog, The BOSS!

As Top Baddy, your job's to make sure the peasants don't get too big for their boots, sort out the other Barons who've got designs on the throne, look after your loyal troops and expand your lands as well! Not only that, you've got to thrash the chainmail off your opponents' knights at the annual jousting tournament. Nothing too difficult, in fact, it's all in a knight's work for an apprentice tyrant like yourself. Be careful at the jousting though, as some of the knights are a bit knatty with ye olde lance, they like to lance-a-lot (groan Ed.).

The game itself is well written and the graphics are fairly good, not brilliant, but they'll do. The icon driver is one of the smoothest and easiest I've ever used

Although I enjoyed playing The Evil Crown, I have to say that they'd have a hard job separating me from a tenner for it! Perhaps Mind Games should concentrate more on the software and less on the megasized boxes! 5/10

Ross: Mind Games have made the move from menu to icon and pointer driven games quite smoothly, and seem to find games that suit this new environment. The graphics are great and the game's pretty enjoyable. 9/10

Rick: It's the only game of Kingdoms that I reckon's worth playing. The icons are a bit tricky at first, but you'll soon get used to them. 8/10