King Richard, the bravest of all Knights, was kidnapped by his evil brother King John, and imprisoned somewhere in Austria. One man had to rescue the King, and that man was to be the King's favorite Knight, Ivanhoe! There are many different lands that will be encountered. You start your quest from England, then to France until you reach Austria. Your route is full of evil soldiers who are willing to take you down. You are armed only with your sword and for defense you carry a shield. Both are upgradable fortunately, the shield turning into one that protects more of your body, while the sword being given the ability to spot fire! Your energy can be easily decrease though, but you may find several special life-potions especially when you knock down some foes. The game offers a riding-horse stage in which, you ride the faster you can until reach the end of the level, avoiding obstacles and killing forthcoming enemies. Also there are a few bonus stages battling one-to-one fights, but most of the levels are comprised of side-scrolling hack n slash action.
The impressive cartoon-quality graphics only serve in masking the repetitive nature of the gameplay. The game is lacking playability. Swinging your sword at your enemies over and over again fails to extend your interest for long I guess, although its few interesting variations such as the riding-horse section.
Graphics are cartoon-style and truly brilliant. I liked the colorful backdrops as well as the nicely drawn sprites. The last though move a bit awkward on screen though and animation is not up to scratch and therefore lowers the appeal of the otherwise superb graphics. There is a large variation of both enemies and landscapes too. Each stage/level has its own unique drawings while the bonus (one-to-one battle) stages are very well designed, having even bigger sprites on screen! It is quite impressive the horse-riding stage which scrolls extremely smooth and fast (it can be said that this was an idea taken a few years later on the Wrath Of The Deamon game...).It's a pity that your character couldn't jump diagonally rather than just vertical (only at the bonus one-to-one stages can do).
Soundwise, the game is good too, offering several nicely composed in-game tunes accompanying different levels while there are a few sounds FX.