Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight, role model and inspiration for our knight game Iron Blood

Moonstone and my childhood…

In the 90s, when I was 8 years old, my best friend and me were constantly on the move. We hang out, made nonsense, played war with green plastic soldiers, watched movies like Star Wars and…played on his father´s Commodore Amiga 600 a game called Moonstone – A Hard Day´s Knight. A really great knight game, which I almost forgot…

Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight

Moonstone is a commodore amiga game which was developed by Rob Anderson, published by Mindscape International Ltd. and released in the year 1991 on three 1,44MB floppydiscs. Knight game Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight is a mix between hack n slash, rpg and strategy.

At the beginning of the game, you must select one of four dreaded knights. Every knight has his own unique color and starts his tale from another starting point on the world map.

From left to right: Sir Godber in blue, Sir Richard in orange, Sir Jeffrey in green and Sir Edward in red! Of course, you can also rename your knight.

Sir Godber in blue starts his adventure in the misty moors, with their great tribes of vicious troggs, to the north-west of the map.

Sir Richard in orange, begins his journey in the northern wastelands, home of the giant Baloks, that inhabit this great rocky territory, to the north-east of the world map.

The green knight, Sir Jeffrey begins his quest for the moonstones in the great forest, which is infested with the cunning Ratmen, to the south-west of Moonstone´s world.

Last but not least, Sir Edward in red begins his quest for the moonstones in the deadly wetland´s, where the dreaded Mudmen stalk for human prey, to the south-east of Moonstone´s world map.

The world map of Moonstone A Hard Days Knight!

What is it about?

You, as a knight chosen by the druids, have the task of finding the moonstones and bringing them back to Stonehenge. The gods will bestow a fabulous gift to the greatest warrior in the land, a gift of ultimate power!

Any warrior considering such a quest must be prepared to wander the surrounding land, enduring many hardships, risking life and limb all the while.

How it´s played?

Moonstone is turn-based and can be played with up to four players local on one amiga. If you are alone, then the computer will control the remaining three knights.

At the merchant…

To complete the quest, you will have to assume the arms and armour of a knight. Then you must wander through the lands and defeat many different demons and retain their gold and magic treasures to increase your strength so that you might survive the perils of the shadowy half world that lies within.

Sir Godber is looting a treasure chest after the victory against a horde of troggs!

Only the one in possession of the four keys gains access to the most sacred place in the world of Moonstone, The Valley of the Gods… wherein can be found the mystical moonstones.

Moonstone A Hard Days Knight - Troll
Sir Edward in a heated fight against a troll demon!
The healer can heal your wounds and fill up your health points!

Moonstone and Iron Blood

So is Iron Blood a modern remake of the amiga classic Moonstone? No! We do not own any rights on the original Moonstone game. However, Iron Blood is highly inspired by this brillant knight game. Compare for example Iron Blood´s field battleground with the misty moors of Moonstone, you will recognize similarities!

Sir Godber in the “misty moors” territory.
The Field Map Of The Knight Game : Iron Blood
Iron Blood´s field map inside Unreal Engine 4!

If you want to know even more about Moonstone then I suggest you to take a look at the Moonstone Tavern and to grab a beer after a hard day’s knight!

Drinking beer and rolling the dice in the tavern…

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