Retro Review: King Arthur’s World (SNES)


I consider myself a pretty big fan of the SNES library, but every once in a while I find a game that I never played on the system.  In this case, I found a game that I had never even heard of. King Arthur’s World is an excellent side-scrolling strategy game that was developed by Argonaut Games and published by Jeleco.  The game is so good, it should have been a Super Nintendo classic, but somehow got overlooked.

In the game, you control King Arthur (the main character) and you have the ability to bring out different types of troops depending on the situation you face.  You basically can order the King and his troops to move in a direction until they receive new orders.  Certain troops have special abilities that you’ll need to activate to get past obstacles. For example, you have troops that have bombs that can blow through doors and other objects in your way.  The primary goal of each level is to proceed from your starting tent to the finishing point.  Your support troops can die whenever, but you will fail the level if King Arthur falls.

Finding an actual copy of the game might be next to impossible, but you can always go the ROM route if you’re inclined to do so.  We definitely wouldn’t advise going the illegal route, but the choice is yours.  The game can be played with a controller or a Super Nintendo Mouse which would be the optimal choice.  The game is obviously designed to be used with a mouse.  Using the controller is definitely frustrating at times. If you are looking for a new SNES experience, this is definitely the game to get your hands on!

Gameplay 8.5/10

Throughout the game, you are basically on a mission to defeat evil.  You fight your way through castles, cloud worlds, caverns and other locations.  Navigating dangerous obstacles and exploring fairly complex levels is at the root of this interesting title.  While I would certainly consider this an “excellent” SNES title, the gameplay suffers a little especially when using a controller.  The game offers moderate challenge and anyone with a little patience should be able to make their way through the entire game.  The controls when using a controller are a bit frustrating and it took me a while to even figure out what I was doing.  Once I figured it out, the game got a whole lot better.

Graphics 9/10

The levels in the game are very visually appealing, especially for a SNES game.  The background features rich colors that really “pop” on the screen.  The characters all look good and the special effects are top notch.  A lot of Super Nintendo games look terrible by today’s standards, but this game didn’t look bad at all.  The best aspect of graphics in the game is with the explosions that happen often.  All in all, this game looks really good, especially when compared to other SNES titles.


Sound 9.5/10

The game features surround sound and features some catchy theme music.  While the theme music isn’t the greatest I’ve ever heard, it’s certainly not bad at all.  Where the game shines is with the background noises.  There’s a various sound for every action in the game and this game features some entertaining sounds when characters fight, fall off a ledge or die.  All in all, I can’t complain about the sound in this title at all.


Lasting Appeal 7/10

While playing through the game once is definitely a rewarding experience, there’s really no reason to play through the game again.  Once you’ve navigated all the levels, you pretty much have experienced what you need to experience with the title.


Old School Challenge 8/10

When reviewing retro games, I think “old school challenge” is an important factor.  This game isn’t very hard, but it isn’t easy by today’s standards for certain.  Each world and level has its own set of challenges, so the difficulty of the game varies quite a bit.  I found the game to be more challenging in the first half, but that’s probably because I was learning what to do.


Overall 8.4/10
All in all, this game was a pleasant surprise for me.  If you can get past the funny controls, this is an experience that all gamers should have.  It’s shocking to me that this game isn’t well known.  I’m not sure why the game is like that, but I’m certainly glad I got my hands on it.  The game reminds me a little of Lemmings, but is actually better in my opinion.


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5 responses to “Retro Review: King Arthur’s World (SNES)”

  1. mrjuandrful says:

    Nice review. I can honestly say I never heard of this game either but it resembles Faxanadu for the NES. I like the Old School Challenge addition. Some games like Mega Man were too difficult for their own good. Thumbs up from me!

  2. Kezins says:

    I never actually played Faxanadu, but I plan to one day.

  3. Arthur says:

    I used to play this game back in the day on my Super NES. I loved it so much that I wanted to download it on my Wii via the virtual console. To my surprise and utter dissapointment it is not offered in Vurtual Console. I’m very upset that the only way I can play this is to buy an original SNES and the game. Nintendo should get their act together and release this title on Virtual Console.

  4. Don says:

    My favorite game on SNES. No game like it currently; a Lemmings / strategic battle game.

  5. Steve says:

    “We definitely wouldn’t advise going the illegal route, but the choice is yours.” – sounds good, pirate away lads

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