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MediEvil is an action-adventure video game by SCE Cambridge Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. It was quickly followed by MediEvil 2 before fading into obscurity, but was later revived with the release of MediEvil: Resurrection for the PlayStation Portable.


The gameplay of MediEvil mostly consists of hacking and slashing through enemies, opening treasure chests, and occasionally solving puzzles. Chalices of Souls can be found throughout the levels, which can be filled by killing a certain amount of enemies. If you fill up the Chalice and complete the level, you will be transported to the Hall of Heroes, where a statue of a hero will reward you with a weapon, treasure, life bottle or a health vial.

Between Levels[]

When you aren't playing a level, you will be on the land map of Gallowmere. This map is where you can move from level to level. You can also save the game from here. At the bottom of the screen, the game displays the name of the level, if you've gotten the chalice, and if you've completely finished the level (signified by a chalice and a checkmark, respectively).


  • Sir Daniel Fortesque: The main character of the game, he was killed by the first arrow fired in the Battle of Gallowmere. Dan was appointed head of the royal battalion, but only due to the fact that the King liked his stories and had not anticipated a war.
  • Zarok the Sorcerer: He is the focus of Dan's quest. Zarok was exiled from Gallowmere because of his love of necromancy. He was said to be killed in the war, but he retreated to his lair to plot his revenge. After a 100 years, he is back to take vengeance on Gallowmere.
  • King Peregrin: The past King of Gallowmere is only seen once in the game, but has a lot to do with the story. He exiled Zarok, and appointed Sir Dan the head of the royal battalion.


The history books of Gallowmere tell of a hero, Sir Daniel Fortesque, who single-handedly halted an invasion by the zombie hoards of Zarok the Sorcerer... but then, history books are known to lie. 

For years, Daniel Fortesque had regaled the nobles of Gallowmere with wild tales of slain dragons and vanquished legions. King Peregrin was so impressed that he made Daniel a Knight and appointed him head of the Royal Battalion. Of course it was only an honorary post - Gallowmere had not seen a war in centuries - but the King liked stories, and Sir Dan was an excellent storyteller.

But then evil Zarok the mad magician returned from years of exile. Embittered and filled with wrath, he threatened to unleash an army of darkness that he had built using the most sinister of magic. The King was in desperate need of a hero and knew exactly who he wanted.

Sir Dan was thrust at the front of the King's army to face a monstrous enemy. The battle commenced and within seconds Sir Dan fell to the ground, struck in the eye with the very first arrow fired. His wound was fatal and the army was left to fight without him.

Zarok's legions were defeated, but Zarok himself was never found. Embarrassed by Sir Dan's poor show, and realizing his subjects needed to feel safe, King Peregrin declared that Sir Daniel Fortesque had died in mortal combat, seconds after killing the sinister wizard. A hero's tomb was erected for Sir Dan, the history books inscribe with tales of his valor.

Zarok was soon forgotten, a lost character in history's plays. But Zarok himself never forgot. He lay in hiding, creating a bigger, stronger army of mutated monsters.

One hundred years later, his scheming complete, Zarok returned...


There are two confirmed endings to MediEvil. Not collecting all the chalices results in an ending where, after Daniel defeats Zarok, a dragon bird carries him back to the his crypt where he enters his "eternal" slumber, whereas collecting all the Chalices sees Dan taking his rightful place in the Hall of Heroes.

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