Co-Op Corner: Knights Of The Round (Arcade)
Capcom has a long history of making good side scrolling beat’em up games. While most of these games start off as arcade games, they usually got ported to other home consoles. Knights of the Round is an example of this. I played the SNES version of this game recently and I had fun with it. When I saw the arcade version was part of the Capcom Beat’em Up Bundle on Steam, I got my brother and we ran through the game.
The game's story is pulled from the Knights Of The Roundtable story. The main character is Aruthur, a knight who wields the sword Excalibur, and who is destined to become king. To do this he has to overthrow the current king Garibaldi. To help with this he is joined by Lancelot and Perceval, both of whom become knights of the round table themselves. While you can pick your character, we didn’t notice a huge difference between the characters.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward for a beat’em up game. You progress through the stage, beat up everyone that comes at you and beat a boss at the end of the stage. The game does have an experience system and when you level up your appearance changes which is something I liked. The game is an arcade game which means as you progress further into the game the game gets harder, so you would spend more quarters on it. Even with that, the game can be beaten in about thirty to forty minutes.
With all of that said, we found this game to be just OK. The game does nothing wrong, but we found it to be bland besides the level up system. I was hoping the combat system would have been more engaging. I thought the game looked good, but I also find most arcade games look good. Like I said earlier, I had fun with the game, however, I am glad i never went out of my way to buy the SNES version.