You are Sir Dan, a recently reincarnated knight who has lost all that unsightly flesh i.e., you’re a skeleton and you must battle the evil sorcerer Zarok and his battalions of undead monsters. To combat these baddies, you have your trusty sword, an axe, and a bow that shoots flaming arrows at the ready. But this game is more than just hack-and-slash action; each level has unique puzzles that differ from stage to stage, giving a nice degree of variety to the title. Also, once a certain number of enemies are dispatched, you can gather up a chalice that gives you access to the Hall of Heroes, a place where heroic ghosts distribute special weapons or items with each visit. Of course, these visits are usually accompanied by a verbal chastising at your unworthy status as the champion of Gallowmere. And while this game has plenty of action, it is also filled with bright and colorful graphics, and has a light feel that will appeal to younger gamers.
MEDIEVIL 2 takes place hundreds of years after MEDIEVIL, and finds Dan in the Victorian-era London. The evil Lord Palethorn has begun assembling an undead army in order to take over the world. You, as Dan, have decided to bring it on yourself to save the world from Lord Palethorn. You won’t be all alone however, as you have friends in the form of a mad professor, a female Egyptian mummy, and a friendly ghost, all of which will provide you with help throughout the game. Your arsenal ranges from swords to muskets, and if you defeat enough enemies on each level, you’ll unlock its Chalice of Souls. This is where you can acquire special items that will make your job much easier. An interesting wrinkle in the sequel is that you can now play as Sir Dan’s disembodied head, which allows you access to areas that you might not be able to access as big Dan. Gameplay is a mixture of platform-jumping, puzzle-solving and good old-hack and-slash action.