For a game I bought pretty much just the heck of it (roughly 15 years ago), Crossbow has really wound up becoming a personal top ten favorite of mine on the 7800. I have an affinity for medieval-themed games, so that adds an extra element for me to love, but even without that, I think this is just a really, really entertaining entry in the library. I've never even played it with a light gun (though I do have one boxed away), but with a joystick (well, Sega pad), I find it to be a lot of fun. I don't know how many times I've taken the "visit each area without losing a life" challenge. Not sure if I've ever beaten that goal, but I know I've come pretty close (at least until I get inside the castle; then it's every man for himself - though I always give preference to the introductory characters as they seem like the "stars" of the game to me).
This is one that always looked too blocky and, frankly, sorta ugly to me when seen via static screenshots, BUT when played in-person on a real TV, I actually like the graphics quite a bit. Maybe it's that good ol' CRT TV resolution? Or maybe it's just me. I think the volcano stage is my favorite, though I love all the details in the village scene, too.
There's a few mildly-annoying sound effects, and some more actual music would have been nice; the lack of any real score lends an almost languid feeling to some scenes, particularly the desert and bridge areas. For the most part though, I like both the audio/video presentation and gameplay of Crossbow. Like I said, one of my top ten favorites on the console!