June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

While the jousting film (starring Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon) is heavily promoted, the online game on its promo site (aknightstale. com) is all swordplay but no horses. After creating your hero, you challenge other knights via e-mail and then watch five rounds of fencing. The rock-scissors-paper-based gameplay is simplistic, but the wild animation looks sharp for a Web game. Continuously upgrading your knight for tougher battles might keep some players interested, but a ”Knight’s Tale” without jousting is just plain lame.

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