Crossbow Warrior has 29 exciting levels with 4 different game types like classical Jump'n'run-, Sniper-, TempleRun-, Boat-Levels! Experience the whole story behind the legend of William Tell with a multitude of lovely graphics!
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Mixed (17 reviews) - 47% of the 17 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 10, 2015

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CROSSBOW WARRIOR – The legend of William Tell

He’s one of the greatest true-life heroes and he’s at your command in this unique platformer game!

Discover his story and carry the honor of a nation into battle against William Tell’s archenemy Hermann Gessler and his hordes of foot soldiers, the Reeves. The safety of your son depends upon it!
Jump and run through the Swiss alps and city's, discover the mountains or control your boat to safety through dangerous rivers.
But be warned it’s not at all easy to beat the jump challenges and get your revenge on Gessler.
Make sure he picked the wrong respectable mountain farmer to mess with!


  • Classic platformer action and jump challenges
  • 29 exciting levels
  • Full controller support
  • Dazzling graphics & Inspiring music!
  • Different game types beside the Sidescroller!
  • Experience the whole story behind the legend of William Tell!

The hopes of your son and an entire nation rest on your shoulders, your steel nerves, and your steady aim!
Strap on your crossbow, pump up your biceps, and…CHARGE!


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System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 and above
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 or AMD Radeon HD 8500 and above
    • OS: OS X Yosemite
    • Processor: 2.93 GHz Intel Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5750
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer/publisher.

Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell is an action platformer game, developed by MobyDick Games, releasing in early December 2015.

Usually I am not a massive fan of platformer games, but this one took me by surprise. The game play is somewhat easy to grasp and pleasantly fun to play. You play as William Tell, a crossbow warrior. The platforming is done slightly different, you can sometimes be playing from a side view simply traversing the environment, sometimes you can be in a third person view taking on an endless runner sort of challenge as you try to dodge on coming obstacles. There is a small element of combat too, which I wasn’t a huge fan of, simply because it is hard to control the crossbow. It takes about three seconds for your character to ready himself to fire, and the aiming technique feels very clunky and hard to actually figure out where your shot will land due the poor hitbox detection.

Crossbow Warrior can be controlled either using the keyboard, or a controller. For platformers, the norm would be to use a controller, so this is what I opted for, but it just didn’t feel very responsive to my actions, there is a slight delay in between pressing the button and what is actually carried out on screen. Obviously in platformers you need there to be no latency at all with the controls so this was very off putting and did hamper the gameplay to quite a large degree. Some people have noted that you don’t get the latency issue with the keyboard but it is still hard to control any sort of platformer with a keyboard. This really needs to be addressed in a patch in the future.

From the screenshots on the Steam store, the graphics look really nice, and whilst they do look really impressive in game, there are some moments where you are stunned at some really poor work. For instance, the enemies are very poorly rendered at a very low quality. The environments and backdrops you are playing in though are really beautiful; and the water effects are actually very very good. The graphics are somewhat of an up and down issue with Crossbow Warrior; I wouldn’t be too bothered about them if the gameplay were up to scratch.

The early levels of the game are very simple; you can easily progress to about the half way point in the game in just over an hour – that is where the difficulty starts to ramp up though. The difficulty is definitely not helped by the controller issues, but there is a significant increase in the mechanics you have to use to progress. The game does a good job of splitting up the different types of stages you have to complete, so you don’t get the same missions repeated after each other. You can add a little more difficulty to your run through by trying to collect all the items in the levels as well as trying to beat the “expert time”.

I finished the game in just over three hours. I felt that to be just the right length before the technical issues with the game really became an actual major annoyance. There may be an essence of replay ability with Crossbow Warrior with the mechanics such as beating the expert times, but sadly I don’t have any urges at the moment to go back and complete them, so I am happy with the one play through, and I would think most would be satisfied with that too.

Apart from the glaring issues with the controller latency, I did notice a few other problems, such as a minor stuttering issue on some of the levels which are obviously more graphically intensive. Also the game launches in German language for some reason and even after you change the language, some of the menu text still remains in the wrong language which I thought was a bit sloppy.

To sum up, Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell is a game that I am struggling to put into either of the categories of thumbs up or thumbs down. I am going to recommend the game, simply because, yes I did finish the game and yes I did have some fun whilst playing it. It is by far one of the better platformer games, this is definitely not helped by the controller problems, but it is definitely not the worst platformer on Steam. The regular price of £4, 99 is fair but I can certainly see this game being included in a couple bundles over the coming months.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015

FYI: This is a port of a mobile game.

Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell is a budget indie game that tells the story of the unlikely hero William Tell’s triumph over a tyrannical emperor. Unfortunately I found the game’s storytelling and gameplay mechanics underwhelming. While the game is no slouch in the audiovisual department these aspects don’t outweigh the fact that Crossbow Warrior is just not that fun to play.

The game opens with a tutorial level to get you acquainted with the basics. This is essentially a side-scrolling platformer with the most basic of combat mechanics and there are actually levels that be completed without defeating any enemies. During the levels you can pick up various items like chocolate bars that make you run faster and flowers that server as collectables, there are also secret areas in some of the levels. The levels are designed to be played multiple times inspiring you to go back to get a better clear time or to collect all of the items. There are a few levels that deviate from this formula like when you must navigate a dangerous river while in a rowboat or endless-runner style levels that have you avoiding obstacles without stopping.

Regardless of the level type they are all held back by the unresponsive and unintuitive platforming. William Tell has no weight to his movements, so I could never get a feel for whether he would land and continue for a few steps or just stop dead in his tracks after a jump. This led me to over and under compensating constantly when landing because it never felt consistent and consistency is paramount in a platformer. There were also many occasions where I would press the jump button, but Tell would not jump he would just continue running into a river… Or an enemy. This led to a very frustrating experience as jumping is a primary mechanic in the game. These imprecise controls carry over into the endless runner style levels where you can’t always tell where you can or can’t walk. This leads to premature jumping that results in landing just shy of your goal. I’ve played many platforms in my time and the platforming in this game just doesn’t feel right. I’m sure it’s possible to reach a point where you could learn the limitations of the system, but nothing about the game inspires you to keep banging your head against the wall until it clicks.

The storytelling amounts to still images with captions underneath them. From what I can tell this is a faithful retelling of the legend of William Tell, but the presentation is very dry. There was a point when I wondered if this was meant as more of an educational tool rather than an actual video game much like Valiant Hearts, but the story bits were so sparse and bare-bones that I can’t see this being used as a teaching tool.

Crossbow Warriors is a very pretty game with a great art-style and fantastic effects. The lighting is top-notch and the weather effects do a great job of making it look like you are in a torrential down-pour. One of my favorite levels tasked you with navigating a river with many hazards while rain poured down obstructing your view; finding hidden items in this level was fun and exciting at the same time. William Tell’s animations are very stiff however and this also affects the gameplay as well as the visual presentation. The audio presentation is also excellent offering appropriate music and sound effects that fit well with the great art-style.

I wish I could recommend Crossbow Warriors – The Legend of William Tell without exceptions. What you get out of this game is very subjective. With the low price point you may be able to overlook the unresponsive controls and lack of storytelling, but I cannot. For me the game just doesn’t play well enough to justify any price point. It is too bad because the concept is great and the presentation is on point, but unfortunately the moment-to-moment gameplay and storytelling drag the the experience down for me and I cannot recommend this game.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.


In Crossbow Warrior- The Legend of William Tell, you take on the role of folk hero William Tell to rescue his kidnapped son from an enemy general. Gameplay consists of mainly sidecrolling platforming although in certain levels the view changes. Defeat enemies with your crossbow or save your ammo and instead jump on top of them. Collectibles exist in every level for achievement hunters along with a hidden apple for you to shoot with your crossbow. A few minor glitches exist, although gameplay is very smooth. Something not mentioned in the tutorial was that jumping from a crouch launches you higher which is needed to clear some obstacles.


Cartoony graphics suit the humor in this game
Some levels are challenging, and there are no checkpoints in a level!
"Expert" time cutoffs for speedrunners and replayability

In the city escape level, possible to get glitched under the level, forcing a restart
Jumping is awkward and hard to control sometimes
Enemies have inconsistent hitboxes when you try to jump on them

This is a fun, lighthearted, although challenging platformer where you get to play as the legendary folk hero William Tell. Great buy for all ages!

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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 10, 2015

I had a lot of fun on this game, I was expecting the game to be around £8/$12 but for £5.99 if you love platformers with a thick coating of humour - you cannot go wrong.

+ Graphics are very nice
+ Hidden Paths in the level bring replayability
+ Really good platformer

- Dying is very harsh and puts you back to start of level
- Crossbow feels a bit heavy when trying to aim (Although I do like it, I also don't)

I had a lot of fun playing crossbow warrior, normally I would recommend a game to a specific group but this time I'm recommending it to everyone. I'm not a big fan of platformers but I had a lot of fun playing this. I have attached my 15 minute preview for a better idea on if you want to buy it or not.

Score: Buy it now
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Crossbow Warrior from the Mobydick Games Team.

This is a 2d platform video game with some really great graphics.
It's has a very basic story mode with a cartonny touch to it.
Music of the game sound perfectly in in this genre and is an job whell done.
Every stage has 3 extra challanges to complete so you shall need to replay every stage if you like to complete the game for 100%.
All achievments are very good to get and will give you a good challange.
You have 2 ways of attack the enemies and that is jumping or shooting them with a arrow.
Jumping part can be a problem because of the weird jumping controls.
Shooting is not a fun part because it's only comes in hande for far distance because of the 10 second it takes to draw the weapon.

In overal it's a good adventure game and fun for young and old people.
I give it a 7 / 10 score.

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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell:

The year is 1307, 18th of November, if my memory serves me right. Mr. Tell and his son, Walter, were visiting the stunning village of Altdorf (I have been there and it is a breathtaking place, surrounded by majestic mountains). Tell refused to bow publicly in front of a hat that was positioned on a pole in the market place by Gessler (Vassal of the Austrian Emperor). As punishment, he was arrested and required to shoot an arrow, with his crossbow, through an apple placed upon his son’s head, in order to avoid execution for them both! All I can say is, I am very thankful that I was not born in the 1300’s and that my name wasn’t Walter!

Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell is a 2d action platformer where you will play the story of this legendary hero from Switzerland. There are 29 challenging levels to beat and you will have to collect a specific number of the beautiful Elderweiss flowers, find the hidden apple (in each level), and to make it even harder, do so within a specific time-frame. And let me William (Tell) you . . . you must be an expert in this genre of game to achieve all of them in the same run! Nah, not possible in the same run!

I like the different type of presentations, some levels will be as your formal side scrolling platformer and some like a speed runner one. Which makes it fun!

Aim with your crossbow carefully so your bolt hits the archery targets to unveil hidden places. Shoot through hidden apples, drop boxes on despicable Harbsburg soldiers, jump on their heads or just shoot them! Face furry and cuddly cute animals, I would like to name one in particular . . . the fluffy bear!

This game has a good and cute style of carton graphics and shows good humour too, for example: chocolate will give you a speed boost and cheese more health (that was in the old days)! . I enjoy the soundtrack, it has an inspiring touch to it. Control-wise, it could be smoother in my opinion. Anyone can play this game but be aware it is quite challenging at times.


- Good graphics & soundtrack
- 29 levels to beat
- Good platformer / Speed runner
- Fun To play
- Achievements


- Control could be smoother
- Can be very challenging at times.
- No trading cards


Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!


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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
It looks nice. It sounds nice. It plays like ♥♥♥♥. The controls are unbelievably bad it almost makes me sad because I can tell a lot of effort was into this, but sadly not in the most important part of any game; the gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Good game, the controling should be smoother. Graphics is very nice.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Oh my goodness.... no. Just no.

-Ok music, probably gets repetitive
-They mix up the type of gameplay (but it really isn't ever fun)
-Bright an colorful graphics (but they are still bad even at 2k)

-Bad story telling
-Terrible gameplay mechanics
-Let me just reiterate, TERRIBLE gameplay mechanics

Would be a mediocre $1 game on a smart phone. Maybe 50 cents to a dollar on steam I would buy it again and get the achievements.

I am returning this btw. It ain't worth the $4.68 I spent on it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
while this game does offer some fun challenges... it fails in providing the quality gameplay i would expect from a game that costs 10 dollars (that is F***ing expensive) . As i said judging from the price, you sort of expect some quality. and as soon as you start playing this game, even though the idea is fun, -shooting a crossbow, running through a maze of platforms, and navigating a cliff filled lake, sounds like good fun, but the myriad of bugs, terrain and character interactions that are absolutely gliltchy, and honestly, something that i would expect a game that costs 10 dollars to have fixed in early beta testing... just ruin the fun of it, and honestly, make it just completely frustrating... i really had great expectations of this game, and it has fallen very short of them. 4/10
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 21
No controller support. Very laggy and poor performance graphics, not optimized at all. Very poorly made, not even simple bug testing done it seems. huge disapointment very slack development, didn't even play for 5 minutes. A travesty to platform games, dont bother. Refunded.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 1
Im sorry to say this ,but this game is not worth its price altough i bought it at 5 eu or something ,its still too expensive.
the game reminds me of a mobile app and nothing more.
if this would be 3D or 2.5D (if thats a thing) it would be much better.
Movement is trash and so are the mechanics i regret this more than any other game ive bought
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15.5 hrs
Posted: May 2
2D platform game with some really nice graphics.
Not perfect, but still a really fun and enjoyable.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: February 24
That game sucks and laggy as hell ! 5€ in trash ! Don't buy it if you don't want to cry !!!
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0.5 hrs
Posted: January 12
Fun game with nice graphics ,different types of challanges to keep you ammused.
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