Roam the dense foliage of Sherwood, come face to face with royal trouble and battle against Prince John’s forces as you take on the role of legendary nobleman, Robin Hood.
User reviews: Mixed (277 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2002

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"One of the best Commandos clones (squad based top down stealth game). If that sounds appealing to you and you havent played it yet, give it a try."

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“The game has it all: the lush surroundings will create a perfect atmosphere of medieval England, and together with the well animated characters they will make you feel a part of Robin Hood's adventures.”
87% – ActionTrip
“…an absorbing game that fans of the strategy will be playing for quite some time.”
87% – Gamespy
“An enjoyable outing in an historic time, Robin Hood offers solid tactical combat and delightful animation.”
85% – GameZone

About This Game

England, Anno Domini 1190 – Richard the Lionheart is held prisoner and his brother, Prince John rules over the simple peasants with an iron hand and this pure force of arms forces them to bend to authority. Only one man takes up the struggle against the oppressors, supported by a small band of brave and loyal followers. His name; Robin Hood.

Roam the dense foliage of Sherwood, come face to face with royal trouble and battle against Prince John’s forces as you take on the role of legendary nobleman, Robin Hood. Team up with Little John and the rest of the Merry Men as the battle for the King’s throne ensues in this stealth-based, real-time strategy game.

Key features:

  • Non-linear campaign system with over 30 different missions
  • Mission types from Robbery and Infiltration to Castle Attack and Ambush
  • Combines action and adventure with stealth tactical elements
  • Innovative combat system, interact with the mouse while fighting to access special combat skills
  • Play as Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck or even Maid Marian, nine characters in all, each with specific abilities and attributes
  • Spectacular graphics with realistic atmospheric conditions like day, night and fog
  • Explore historic locations; Sherwood Forest, Nottingham Castle, York and many more

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor:1.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB
    • Hard disk space:1GB
    • Video:Video Card with 64MB dedicated memory
    • Sound:Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    Does not support NVIDIA GTX 580, GTX 260 and GTS 250 Graphics cards.
Helpful customer reviews
67 of 105 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Why isn't Steam banning this? That's a rip-off!
I mean, I love that game and played it often in my childhood, but it can't be that you pay for a game that is not running. If they release such a old game on Steam that late, then they should at least make sure it's running on current systems. It's surely not impossible to fix this game and maybe tweak it for higher resolutions.

Really, I'm disappointed Steam is supporting that rip-off. Not that anybody on behalf of the developers care that players pay for a game that is not running unless you've got < Windows XP - which is most likely not the case for anybody owning Steam.

I can't recommend this - no fix, no recommendation.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This is a great game! but be aware; you may have to do some tweaking to get it working.

The game suffers from a terrible framerate bug on newer systems that makes it literally unplayable, however it can be fixed.

My thoughts on the game itself are at the bottom.

---Fix 1: Windows 7---

If you are running windows 7 you may be able to fix the game via changing the font localisation files, instructions to do this are here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2803612
This won't fix the bugs on Windows 8 but it might be good to do anyway.

---Fix 2: Windows 8 and Windows 7---

If you're running windows 8 or if the above doesn't work then download a program called DXWnd found here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dxwnd/

- After extracting the file run the 'dxwnd' .exe
- A little blank window will open, select the 'edit' menu and click 'add'
- A window with a bunch of options and tabs will open, fill them out as follows:
- "NAME:" = Robin Hood (can be anything you like)
- "PATH:" = C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Robin Hood\Game.exe
Note: you may have the game installed at a different location eg. "Program Files (x86)"
That's it, Hit OK and you should see 'Robin Hood' appear as an option from the window that was blank before.
- Select it and go >edit>run and the game will run smoothly
You will have to launch the game using this program or have DXWnd open when launching it from steam every time.

DXWnd is a hook program that you can use to get a lot of old games running smoothly on new systems, it won't hurt to replace the font files anyway if you still have some problems (in Fix 1). I didn't create DXWnd nor was I the one who worked out that it fixes the game. Sourceforge.net is a trustworthy site for developers and you can get more support from the guy who made the program there if you need it.

This fix isn't perfect, I get grapical artifacts from the mouse on the menus and it's crashed once but otherwise it's run perfectly so far. Resolution looks a bit blurry, I'll add a way to fix that if I find a mod or work it out.

---review---

As for the game itself. This was one of my favourites as a kid! You have a small team of robin hood and his merry men that you move around like a traditional RTS, each unit you control has 3 or so abilities which are mostly unique. Robin can knock people out with a punch, frier tuck can tie people up with rope, little john can carry bodies etc. you'll have to combine these abilities to get through situations. You will want to avoid fighting, once a character is locked in combat it becomes dificult to escape and they'll slowly die, some characters can't fight at all; so the game is about stealth. Things happen slowly in this game, abilities are executed slowly, it's all a bit sluggish and clunky but that's not really a detriment. You'll be waiting for the ideal time to make your move and planning out your aproach. The sluggishness might feel lame for some people but it works fine for what you're trying to achieve. The levels are very well designed, they're open ended and have plenty of little areas that are a bonus. You'll clear one area and in doing so work out a solution for another area, these areas often wrap around and encircle each other. You can clear a level very quickly after you've figured things out but the first time around it may take hours. It's very satisfying.

If you aren't a fan of stealth or clicky isometric games this isn't for you. It's about tactics and stealth, not combat.

Their aren't many games in this genre and this game is up there with some of the best. Isometric stealth games are dead now but it's well worth the few dollars it goes for on steam to try them out with this one.

props to thenikus for finding the fix for this game:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/46560/discussions/0/35220315956625877/
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Doesn't work on Windows 8.1
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I used to have this game on cd-rom, but it broke unfortunately. So I chirped happily when I saw it on steam.

This is a very good game, and lots of fun to play. an unique fight style that reminds you of Commando's and is horribly neglected.

You might want to tweak it's compatability though, it's and old game and probably runs less on newer computers.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
After all those years and still so fun to play. The last time I played this I was 10 years old, I didn't have a lot of money so I played a pirated copy of this. Now that I can afford it I thought I'd just get it legitimately. But one thing led to another and here I am playing it again, rejoicing every moment with memories.

This game was where I learnt a lot of English (Eng is my second language). I can still remember that I got stuck for mroe than an hour at the first Friar Tuck encounter because I didn't know what a "vestry" was. Had to play the game with a dictionary by my side.

If somebody could go and make a HD remake of this, I would be so happy. 10/10 would buy again

Anyway, this won't run properly on Windows 8. I used the free version of VMWare - VMware Player to install a virtual XP machine to play in. Note: u'd need to "acquire" an XP iso to install the virtual machine. There is flickering but switching graphics - resolution to 800x600 and back to 1024x768 fixes it for a single mission. If this was a modern game, it'll be unacceptable but this came out in 2002 so I don't mind a bit hassle.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
super igricaaa :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This game is one of the best game Ive ever played. It is a mission based game that is great for everyone.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
old school games like desperados enjoying the experience of reliving memories
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Game runs at very low fps on win 7(less than 5).
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157 of 186 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
The game of my childhood
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149 of 181 people (82%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Omg omg Childhood only for 9,99 !!!

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66 of 69 people (96%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
When I ran game first time, I experienced massive lag (Win7x64 OS). Searched the net and found solution in this link:
http://www.gog.com/forum/robin_hood_legend_of_sherwood/the_game_running_slow/page2
Nevertheless game is still great in it's nostalgic world and engaging story, a must have for classic strategy fans. 9/10
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
Amazing game! I first found this as a youngster and long regretted never completing it. I recently rediscovered it and within half an hour of playing I was COMPLETELY hooked once more. This game has truly stood the test of time with 3D isometric castles and forest settings that look gorgeous even by today's standards.

The real magic, however, is in the gameplay. Fans of stealth games such as Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed (not to mention the very similar Commandos) will especially enjoy the mechanics of Robin Hood. Citing Robin Hood's iconic chivalrous and humane nature, there is a very strong emphasis on using less-than-lethal force, with different character archetypes equipped with various skills to accomplish this. Isolated enemies can be subdued with a punch from behind; climb onto a rooftop and knock him out from range with a slingshot; or engage in combat and club him in the head.

The AI is relatively basic but very effective. Bodies must be quickly carried out of view to avoid detection (eg. into the nearest house or guard tower), and bound with twine to prevent them raising the alarm and/or returning to their posts when they regain consciousness. If any team member is spotted, or a guard is noticed missing from his post, the enemy will initiate a search of the area and recover any downed comrades they find.

A number of more tactical options provide myriad possibilities for dealing with large groups. Bee hives can be tossed into a crowd to allow Robin's men to quickly slip by in the ensuing confusion, whistles can be used to distract and mislead, purses of gold coins can be tossed in front of underpaid or unsupervised soldiers to prompt an entertaining fight, enticing ale can be dropped in an enemy's path causing them to become drunk and disoriented, agile men can skip around enemies by jumping across rooftops and climbing vines, or a net can be cast over a close group. More skilled enemies, such as knights and commanders, however, will be unconvinced by most of tactics and may even pull their understudies into line.

Lethal force can be used when necessary. Stealth approaches can allow enemies to be strangled to death, or on many occasions detection will force a swordfight. Of course, it wouldn't be a Robin Hood game without archery, and this is indeed a very effective lethal takedown from a safe range (the enemy employs many archers as well, however, and will impressively use other soldiers to shield their own archers from incoming arrows).

The relatively few main castle-based story missions are separated by a large number of targeted ambushes by Robin's crew in Sherwood Forest: the tax man, carts containing food, weapons and gold for the enemy war effort; small groups of passing soldiers; and messengers. The forest settings are not only beautiful but also filled with booby-traps the player can exploit to get the jump on unsuspecting enemy soldiers. I cannot emphasise enough how fantastic these are; the levels are jam-packed with hidden holes in the forest floor, piles of logs that can be pushed over, broad nets that can be triggered to capture anyone standing over them, and groups of friendly NPCs hiding amongst the trees waiting for Robin's signal.

In between missions, a treehouse camp in Sherwood serves as base for the Merry Men. Here, idle NPCs can be instructed to create all of the consumables the player requires during missions (eg. arrows) or trained and sent off to assist in the war.

The castle missions that drive the story forward are, at times, spectacular. The settings are gorgeous, the buildings are grand, and the level design is brilliant. Without spoiling anything, there are several missions later in the story where Robin must sneak around the castle to lower drawbridges, subdue generals and clear enemy archers to allow the rightful king's troops to invade the castle with minimal resistance. On that note, the story is basically about dethroning the king's brother who exploited an opportunity to have the true king kidnapped, thereafter resolving to drive the people into poverty and submission with extreme taxes and harsh discipline.

On a final note, this is a game where the player is truly responsible for creating their own fun. With instant quicksaves and quickloads, it is convenient and appealing to replay the same confrontation many times over to achieve the perfect result. Just as one probably could plough through a mission in Splinter Cell in minutes with an assault rifle, it would be a great shame to so abruptly betray the point of the game: elegant success, rather than simply completing the objective. I found myself replaying some parts MANY times to complete it to my standard of stealth and perfection, or even to maintain the illusion of realism at times where I felt the AI had been a bit incompetent. The game allows up to three planned actions per character to be coordinated simultaneously, which complements the style of the game perfectly (eg. if able to sneak up behind two enemies, you can plan two characters to simultaneously subdue one soldier each, and simply press a button to execute the plan when ready).

It was only towards the end that several of the intermediate missions become slightly tedious and repetitive, and it is great testament to the game that this is true. The maps and objectives differ little, in truth, but the gameplay is so fantastic that there are infinite ways to complete a mission, which is the core reason for the longevity of the entertainment on offer. This is a fantastic game in any era; it comes highly recommended by myself after thoroughly enjoying it- now one of my favourite games of all time.
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85 of 122 people (70%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
This game is great. It looks and plays beautifully. At least that's how I remember it. I bought it here on Steam and it is literally unplayable, completely broken. Lags a lot and flickers in a way you don't see anything on the screen. If you have an old pc get it but anything half-modern won't run it. Until they fix it DON'T, when they do this game is a must.

EDIT: I managed to fix the problem by running the game on my laptop with Intel integrated graphics (2020M) instead of GeForce GT635m, works perfectly now. I never thought that feature would be useful but I'm grateful for it now. Seems the newer Nvidia drivers screw up the game (not sure, anybody who ran it on AMD?). If you have an older pc/laptop or one with this feature - give it a try. Still a thumbs down for selling (and putting on a sale) a game that's unplayable for many without giving a reason why or trying to fix it.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
A classic stealth-strategy game definitely worth playing through once. It's quite dated and the Steam version is currently buggy on newer PC's, but this may only be the English version. Some people have had luck patching their fonts files using http://www.gog.com/forum/robin_hood_legend_of_sherwood/the_game_running_slow/post25 or forcing DirectX 8 and/or windowed mode with DxWnd.
The gameplay is quite challenging and the visual and audio are very well done. Fighting uses unique gesture controls but the slow response time makes it tough to enjoy. Of course the point is to avoid conflict, so if you're into a challenging stealth RTS give it a try.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
This game is amazing. Something like this will never be made again. And it on sale for a few bucks. Classic.

Note: You are most likely going to have crazy lag issues, but i found a solution on the forums. Easy fix.
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
Great tactical shooter! Nostalgia and masterpiece. Gripping story, wide variety of activities, classic, beautiful graphics. Wonderful musical score makes this game even more elegant. Perfect game!

10/10
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood is an isometric strategy game in the vein of the Commandos and Desperadoes series. You control Robin Hood and his Merry Men as you undertake a variety of missions in various locales in an attempt to ransom King Richard and thwart the evil machinations of the Sherrif of Nottingham and Prince John. Your standard Robin Hood tale, if you will. The game features beautiful isometric graphics that still hold up to this day, the voice acting is pleasantly passable and the levels are well designed. You control your characters by clicking and dragging and fight your enemies by pressing down your mouse and dragging it around. It sounds a bit gimmicky but it's actually very satisfying to see your character twirl when you draw a circle. It also works surprisingly well. As other reviews have mentioned if you play the version steam gives you, it will lag terribly. This is because it uses the wrong font for the text in the game. If you download and replace the font, the game will run like butter. This game is highly enjoyable and is worth giving a shot if you're browsing steam or your library looking for something to play.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
This game... man this game...

The first time I played this game was when I was like 10. For that era, it had the most beatiful graphics i`ve ever seen in any videogame.
The gameplay can be portrayed as a perfect combination of Age of Empires + Paint. Yeah, not kidding. You actually play the game as if it was AoE and when you get into a fight, you draw ♥♥♥♥ with your mouse to attack. If you draw an inverted & you make an attack that takes time but is sure to ♥♥♥♥ up the enemy, but it also takes all your stamina, leaving you defenseless for like 3 seconds.
You need to think what to do here. Unless you play on easy, you won`t regenerate HP and there is permadeath for your companions. The story-related companions cannot die as long as you have lucky grass, as I call it. But once you are out of those, it`s game over for ya.
Apparently the game has a problem with newer OS but with a simple download of a file from GoG it gets fixed, so it`s cool if you want to play this jewel.
If you want an even more great experience, play this game in Spanish (latinoamerican people only unless you fully understand the language). This is not a joke, the game must be the only one that plays flawlessly in spanish, since the dub is god-like and fits the game and era perfectly like never before.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
94.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2014
There has been but one game in my entire collection that has kept me playing for years on end, on all difficulty modes, exploring all options, and all play styles. That game is Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, truly the most unique blend of RTS and stealth that I have ever seen.

Robin Hood's charm lies in a fantastic blend of aesthetic beauty, simple yet deep and immersive gameplay, and a carefully crafted formula of story and interaction that really pushes the player to complete more of the game. This game is also one of the only games whose Hard and Normal difficulty offer tangible, entertainment benefits towards completion. The mechanics of the game work so well, I was actually compelled to play higher difficulties and test my abilities. This game is timeless in its core gameplay and presentation. Anyone who misses out on getting this game is missing a masterpiece.

10/10 would Merry Man again
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