Spirit of Excalibur is Virgin Mastertronic's Fantasy Role Playing Adventure,
based on Arthurian Legend, primarily after the death of King Arthur. It is
the first of a two- part series in which Sir Constantine, the rightful
successor to Arthur's throne, must use his power and forces to gain overall
control of the land of Britain and defend his lands against the many enemies
who seek to remove him and the Round Table from power.
In Spirit of Excalibur you, the player, are the controller or mediator of
all actions made by the characters represented. You command all of the
troops and knights that have allegiance to the Round Table. When the Round
Table is presented with a problem or an advancing enemy force, it is up to
you to coordinate the actions and movements of the Round Table troops to
successfully vanquish the foes.
The game is divided into five major episodes . Each episode has one primary
mission goal and a number of smaller additional quests to complete. Not all
of the smaller sub-quests must be finished to successfully complete the game.
However, by completing the smaller quests you will often gain the support of
kingdoms that are not part of the Round Table allegiance. These newly
acquired allies will then reward you by lending troops to you and giving you
helpful information or items that will aid you in completing your overall
Throughout the five episodes, your overall goal is to rule the entire land
of Britain. After each episode is completed, you will see a map that displays
all of the lands that are under the rule of Constantine. If, at the end of
the game you have successfully gained control of the British domain, then
you truly are worthy to be the King. Good Luck!
At the beginning of the game, and at the beginning of each episode, you will
be shown the Round Table and all of the knights that are present at the Table,
along with some text that will inform you of problems that are currently
facing the Round Table. This text gives you a general idea of what type of
problem you are faced with. This text is rather vague and will not give
you a detailed description of your task. To obtain the knowledge needed to
complete the episode, you must talk to the inhabitants of the land. Many of
these people will offer an interesting piece of information, while others may
know little or nothing of the happenings in the realm. Be wary, though, as some
of the people you encounter will attempt to mislead you with their tales and
others may require a few bits of coin to aid their memory.
If, due to your meager circumstances, you are unable to bribe an honest answer
out of someone, using a charm spell cast by one of the magic users would
certainly guarantee truthful answers. Use magic with discretion, however, as
you have a limited number of spells you can cast before needing to replenish
your magical abilities. More powerful spells require ingredients to perform,
such as the shield spell. Many of the spells are very useful, while others
will serve little purpose for you in your quests.
In episodes where you are faced with a large number of enemy forces moving on
Camelot, look throughout the map for characters whose troops you can use.
Some will not help you at all, while others will lend you themselves and their
troops if you can aid them in some way (for example, by rescuing a kidnapped
maiden for them). Still, others will not rally behind you until you have gained
the support of others whom they respect. Once you have a sizable number of
troops to command, join them together and send them to intercept an oncoming
force before they reach Camelot, for without Camelot, you cannot succeed.
Take heed, if a character is killed in a particular episode, you still may be
complete that episode, but you may not be able to complete later episodes
without him/her. A few of the very important characters whom you should
never allow to die are: Lancelot, Merlin, Nineve, Bedivere and, of course, Sir
Constantine. If other leaders are killed, you will still be able to complete
game, but not without some difficulties. For instance, if Sir Ector was killed
an early episode, the troops that he would have commanded in a later episode
would no longer be a part of the Round Table's numerous armies. With a
limited number of troops to work with, your chances of success against a
formidable foe are reduced.
When a normally armed character is to battle a magical foe, use caution. The
best character to handle a magical beast is a magic user. Only if a character
very well shielded, with magical armor and a magical sword, will they be able
to stand against an evil creature of Satan. Take note, many helpful and
important items can be found by searching a vanquished enemy's person. Look
for what the deceased foe has dropped upon the site of his death.
There are two modes of single combat: Automatic and Manual. The game will
automatically default to Automatic mode. Your character will fight the foe
without any interference from you. To Select Manual mode combat, you must
press the space bar or click on the automatic icon on the left side of the
combat screen. This will switch you to Manual mode. In Manual mode, the
commands are different for each type of input device, as follows: MOUSE:
Left mouse button is a an overhead blow. Right mouse button is a low thrust.