Phoenix's marquee game (along with Masquerade), Sherwood Forest was released in late 1982 or early 1983. This was the first Phoenix title to have full colour graphics, after the text-only Adventure in Time and Birth of the Phoenix, and the line graphics of Queen of Phobos. |
The game features characters from the Robin Hood mythos. As Robin, the player must win the hand of Maid Marion.
Author and illustrator Dav Holle talks about his involvement in the game: "I did the drawings, and the image compression and decompression, the disk bootloader, and animation and data input code. Dale would get the text strings from my data input, and would parse the text and come up with the text response. His code would also tell me what location should be drawn and what objects or characters should be drawn in the scene, and my code would draw that stuff as needed. All of Sherwood Forest was written in assembler."
Although Sherwood Forest is identified as "Sof-Toon #1", there never was a Sof-Toon #2 (although perhaps Fraktured Faebles, a later release by American Eagle, fits the description).