Leander

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Composer(s) Matthew Simmonds (Title)
Tim Wright
Team(s) Travellers Tales
Publisher(s) Psygnosis
Music Format(s) ChipTracker
NoiseTracker
Year published 1991

Leander is Travellers Tales first published game, and is one of the many graphically and musically splendid titles in the Psygnosis pantheon. Graphically, it ranks along Shadow of the Beast as one of the best examples of the Amiga's hardware prowess.

The game concerns Leander, captain of the guards, setting off to rescue Princess Lucanna from Thanatos, master of all evil. The result is a platform game spread across 3 worlds, each with 6 levels and a boss. In each level, you have to find a teleport key, and then take it to the teleport, with the final level of each area requiring you to fight a boss. There is an in-game shop, where you can buy more powerful swords. The three most powerful swords can be "powered up" by holding down the fire button.

You can find power-ups by breaking open chests. Be careful, though; if you don't pick up a power-up, it turns into a skull symbol. Collecting this summons Thanatos himself. It starts raining, all other enemies disappear, and the ethereal presence of Thanatos arrives, swirling around you. He can only be defeated by firing rune bombs at him, or by succumbing to his superior powers and politely dieing.

Graphically, the game is excellent, with parallax scrolling achieved through horizontally recycled sprites, and a well-animated main character. The music is a treat, mostly medieval-style tunes. The loading tune is a wonderful composition by Tim Wright, a slow melody on a harp which builds up over several minutes. This gentle melody can be contrasted with the title-music by Matthew Simmonds, which is an action-packed horn and (oddly) distorted guitar led piece which synchronises perfectly with the animated battle scene depicted in the opening titles.

The somewhat out-of-place Japanese text on the front of the box reads ライオン·マンと獣が力比べをしています (raion-man to kemono ga chikara kurabe o shite imasu), which translates as "The Lion-Man and beast compare strength". As Leander is Greek for "Lion-Man", this is quite apt.

Development team

Programming 
Jon Burton
DMA Design (disk access routines)
Chris Wylie (compression code)
Lee Wright (sound effects replayer)
Graphics 
Andy Ingram
Simon James (additional creature designs)
Music 
Tim Wright
Matthew Simmonds (title screen music)
Level design 
Gra Watkinson and Andy Ingram

Gallery

Dragons

Dragons are a regular occurrence in Leander's travels.

World 1

World 2

World 3

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Game/Simmonds_Matthew/Leander.lha

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Filename File Size Composer Game Year Team / Publisher
Leander
File List End v2.png mod.OUR-ROUT. 231238 Matthew Simmonds Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
Updates 
Wednesday 24 January 2001 (Kyzer): Added to collection
Monday 20 May 2002 (XtC): Renamed file prefix.

Game/Wright_Tim/Leander.lha

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Also included are the original MODs direct from the composer, including one that was unused.

Filename File Size Composer Game Year Team / Publisher
Leander
File List Indent v2.png Direct_from_Composer
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.game complete 111248 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.game continue ... 43220 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.hi-score 73038 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.rejected 74912 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.shop song 35140 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.title tune cut 276474 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.world one 74054 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List Indent v2.png mod.world three 76818 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Vertical v2.pngFile List End v2.png mod.world two 74140 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.game complete 111248 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.game continue ... 43220 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.hi-score 73038 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.shop song 35140 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.title tune cut 275450 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.world one.1 70000 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List Indent v2.png mod.world three.2 70000 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
File List End v2.png mod.world two.1 70000 Tim Wright Leander 1991 Psygnosis / Travellers Tales
Updates 
Wednesday 24 January 2001 (Kyzer): Added to collection
Sunday 19 May 2002 (XtC): Removed Lee Wright from the credits.
Friday 11 October 2002 (XtC): Added tunes from Composer.

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