The magician holds a dice in El Rescate del Talisman.

International Knightmare Differences

By Keith McDonald

The French and Spanish adaptations make for an interesting contrast with the original gameshow. See the 10 key differences.


The similarities lie in the dungeon. Based on the much-loved Series 3 (1989), the handpainted backdrops enchanted European viewers just as they did UK viewers.

While the French version had a smaller cast and fewer characters, the Spanish version developed an expansive cast. Like Knightmare, several supporting cast members played (or voiced) multiple characters.

The differences lie in the gameplay. In most cases, quests lasted for a single episode. Each team had several 'lives' rather than one, making it a very different sort of game.

With multiple lives came greater difficulty. Despite the set-length quests, French and Spanish knights would regularly encounter Level 3 challenges - some rarely seen in Knightmare!

See the 10 key differences below.

The magician (El Mago) played by Eduardo MacGregor in the first series of El Rescate del Talisman.

1. Extra lives

2. Turning back

3. The set

4. Levels

5. Prizes

Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe board game, by MB.

6. Music

7. Magic

8. Continuity

9. Seasonal

10. Winners

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Malice

Malice, the Sorceress. Played by Samantha Perkins.

The fluctuating sorceress Malice could be a friend or foe, depending on what she could gain from a dungeoneer's progress.

Wolfglade

One of the clearings from Wolfglade, a settlement from Level 1 of Series 5 in Knightmare.

Wolfglade was a forest area that teams encountered in the early stages of the quest during Series 5.

Series 1: Characters

Merlin the magician

How many characters do you remember from the first series of Knightmare? See the first character list from 1987.

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