Heritage of Kings The Settlers is a world-building strategy game with fully rendered 3D visuals and unavoidably addictive gameplay. Players can dive into a detailed medieval world offering a unique mix of RTS and simulation gameplay.
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Release Date: Feb 8, 2005

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Heritage of Kings The Settlers is a world-building strategy game with fully rendered 3D visuals and unavoidably addictive gameplay. Players can dive into a detailed medieval world offering a unique mix of RTS and simulation gameplay. A fully functioning community can be created, new advancements can be discovered, and enemy forces will be repelled!
Features:
  • 20 medieval missions challenge players to create their own realm by conquering seven fantastic kingdoms and retrieving the Orb of Power.
  • Dynamic weather and seasons have a direct impact on gameplay.
  • Manage more than 70 types of intelligent inhabitants.
  • An exciting combat system with upgradeable RPG elements, including enhanced abilities, weapons, and technologies.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: A 100% Windows 2000/XP/Vista-compatible computer system
    • Processor: Pentium III or AMD Athlon 1 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant graphics card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant card
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB free hard disk space
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet connection with 64 kbps Kbps upstream or faster
    • *Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 2 / 3 / 4/ FX / 6 families, ATI Radeon 8500/ 9000 / X families
      Laptop versions of these cards are not fully supported.
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: A 100% Windows 2000/XP/Vista-compatible computer system
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant graphics card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant card
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB free hard disk space
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet connection with 128 kbps Kbps upstream or faster
    • *Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 2 / 3 / 4/ FX / 6 families, ATI Radeon 8500/ 9000 / X families
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96 of 107 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
Not a very populair game, the Settlers: Heritage of kings is a classis city building game, set in the old times.
In this review I'll talk about a few things:
- The story
- The gameplay
- The graphics
- Online play
- Pros en Cons in general.

The story:
The story starts with out hero, Dario, chilling alone under a tree. His village gets attacked and mostly destroyed, the only thing that remains is the castle. After you fight off all the attackers, it's up to you to rebuild the village. Once you've succeeded, you're going to move on to a different place, this happens after every city. There are 15 main missions in total, which are all about building villages, making armies, and defeating other villages.

The gameplay:
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings is a strategy game. You start off each map with atleast four serfs, and with atleast one hero. A serf is a worker, they can build the buildings you need to evolve your village. New serfs can be bought in the castle, which is your main base of operations. The hero is a special kind of soldier, they have special abilities, there is a total of 6 heroes for you to play as.
As you start the map, your serf can only build a few buildings. Mines, houses, farms, and schools. In order to make more buildings, you will need a school to research, after that new buildings will be unlocked. To unlock more things to be researched, you will need higher leveld buildings, it's a various circle.

The graphics:
This game is from 2004, so the graphics aren't really the best. It's not minecraft level where it's all blocks, but it isn't far cry 3 either. You'll be able to tell which building is which and what it does, same goes with the heros, soldiers, and archers.

Online play:
Despite the game being this old, there is a multiplayer option.
The only thing availible is LAN play, so if you and some friends are in the same house, you'll be able to play together. There's are a lot of maps to play together, which each player being a colour. Mulitplayer games do NOT have a hero.

Pro's:
- Fun gameplay
- Good music
- Different types of missions.
- Voice acting
- Free play

Con's:
- Gets old after a while
- Repetitive voice acting
- You have to wait a long time for some resources.
- Enemies have ridiculous large armies.

Overal I'd give this game a 7/10, a good buy for 10 euro!
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70 of 101 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
this game was my childhood i is very fun
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
This is one of my fav games ever of my childhood which everyone should play. Its a strategy game set in medieval times. Its a bit limited in what buildings you can build but the campaign mode is pretty good. Multiplayer is redundant as there is literally no one on there.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
The Settlers series are one of the greatest strategy series i've played when i was a little kid.

Recently i thought i would take a look at the series again and buy a few games that i used to play for a couple 100 hours but sadly enough steam only sells a few games of The Settlers series. When you buy this game play atleast 6 campains before you decide to stop since the first 3/4 campains have a lot of explanation about the game and it goes pretty slow without a lot of fighting against big armies.

Heritage of Kings is a strategy game that plays in the middle ages.

The game tells you the story about the caracter called Dario, as he attempts to regain his land and regains his rightly trone. As a lost prince of the campain story he has to prove to the settlers that he is a good prince by defeating the evil forces. In addition to the spearman, archers, swordsman, calvery and cannoners he can recruit , he can also have company from certain heros later on in the game. Dario, Pilgrim, Salim, Erec, Ari, and Helias all have special ability's where they can fight with one can call bandits the other one can throw down bombs or even heal people etc.

You start up a campain with atleast 1 hero and 4 serfs. The serfs can build and repair buildings or can mine anc cut down threes you also have the option to give them weapons to defind your castle when you do not have enough troops.
There are 5 resources in the game wood,clay,stone,iron and sulfur there is also a currency.
Aside from wood to gain resourses you have to build mines on top of a deposit. Now you have new settlers working for you, you also have to build a place for them to eat and sleep else they will leave your village. You can also research in a college so you can upgrade your buildings and make new buildings where you for example create a army.

Pro's
- Great graphics for an old game
- Great storyline
- Fun game
- You can do whatever you want with a few guide lines

Con's
- No multiplayer besides Lan
- repetitive voice acting
- It's not a game that you play hunderds of hours
- Sometimes you have to wait a long time for resourses
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
This game is my childhood
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
This is a very fun RTS game that is a mix of Civilization, Age of series and sim city. Very fun and enjoyable and cool campaign as well with awesome characters. This game gets bad reviews for how awesome it actually is!
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
It's a great game in it's own way, some love it, some don't. Give it a try.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
good game stays good
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
75.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2014
i love this game i have played 60 hourse of it. it is awsome.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
Not even an hour played but I have a pretty good grasp on the game. I spent 20 minutes on the prologue/tutorial, 10 minutes on the campaign and then another 15 minutes loading all the different custom maps.

The tutorial teaches you 60% of what you need to know. From my time in tutorial I released the key points of the game. Its like your typical army building/population building game, areas to explore, enemies to destroy, people to protect and resources to gain. Also, everyone needs to eat and sleep too!

I love the fact you can zoom right in to see buildings and people up close.

Also another thing i love is the options in recruitment. You can recruit a captain who automatically arrives with 4 troops of whatever solder type you trained him in (archery, spearmen, swords etc). The other option is to recruit soliders INDIVIDUALLY, i find this a great way to combine fast recruitment with the option to recruit singles to help the struggle with population caps.

Something Im not too keen on is the population cap, its like Battle for Middle Earth, so far ive only seen the cap at 75 max, everyone you control counts toward it.
On the lines of population, something im not too keen on is the auto training of certain civilians. If you build a college to research some upgrades, as soon as its built, 5 scholars arrive. All they do is research, eat sleep. Thing is they all still count to the population cap.

I was worried about one major thing. I was assuming you can only do what the missions tell you. Wrong, that is only the case in the campaign and some custom maps. I did find 3+ custom maps that allow you full control with no set objectives.


All in all, I definatly reccomend it, and I super reccomend in while its on sale!
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TheWatchman
21.8 hrs
Posted: August 18
Play a game where I be nice and give everyone food aand shelter.

Play another where I give them nothing and force them to work overtime.

10/10 would oppress population and get same results again.
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☠®©PaiPoisu©®☠™
157.0 hrs
Posted: August 6
Very nice game! :)
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Prototype 331
51.1 hrs
Posted: August 2
I found this game when I was searching medieval RTS game on internet, and "The Settlers" series has popped up first. This one is the first I play, which is most enjoyable. Slow pace, good story, nice campaign, beautiful environment. And what I must mention is the soundtracks. I have played a lots of games and heard lots of soundtracks, but this game's soundtracks are so beautiful, I really enjoy it.
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Rise and Curry
43.9 hrs
Posted: July 20
Played this game ages ago and decided to finally buy it on steam during the summer sale. Graphics look okay-ish for what you can expect from an older game and the zooming function adds a decent ammount of good looking material to the game.
You can play it with a friend which is always nice, and as for me an ideal game to play with my girlfriend who isn't as used to strategy games as i am, and this game provides a decent ammount of fun for us ;)

I played this game (solo) like i always used to, relaxing and taking my time to clear every resource and map every tiny place i can get to. The pacing of the game allows you to play so, and as such i found myself tied to my pc quite a few evenings. In all honestly though, the campaign can be easily done in 30 hours or so, and even then you're playing in a slow tempo. Aside from the campaign there isn't a whole lot of stuff to do; random maps are pre-made and you can't really get a difficult AI to face you and test your limits.

The game is quite okay as far as it goes. There's a decent (or low, if you've played games such as Total War, Anno, or the previous Settler games) strategic need in some maps. Conquer some keypoints and defend it, or slowly building your towers and thus expanding your territory to name a few. Other than that, there's not a whole lot of planning needed, neither for your in total 16 techs nor your 'city-layout'.

Tl;dr
The campaign tells a nice story and the scenery is quite okay in the introductions as well. Even though i've probably played the campaign a few times before, i still enjoyed to run through it again.
All is all it's a good game to buy if you're new to the whole citybuilding strategy game type, although it falls short if you want some more depth to your games.
10 euros is a decent price i'd say, for the content and great story you're getting ;)
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Eraserhead
15.6 hrs
Posted: July 16
Best Settlers ever.

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OptimuSΔTILTED
56.3 hrs
Posted: June 27
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings this game was my childhood is very fun:
+You can play with your friend.
+One of the best strategy game i have ever played.
+Pretty good graphics.
+Fights are not boring.
+Very cool story.

Is not a very popular game but is very cool and a good player muss play this game :V
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Drunk Don Draper
1.0 hrs
Posted: June 26
Settlers 2 will always be the best in the series, something just feels off aobut the rest.
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N1co
6.4 hrs
Posted: April 19
I have over 300+ offline hours into this game since i laid my eyes on it years ago

Literally the comfiest game out there.
Medievel style rts city building thingy
But holy ♥♥♥♥ the nostalgia

Just buy it for the soundtrack
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SiLeNceD
100.9 hrs
Posted: April 2
nice game m8 <3
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The Best Guy
14.3 hrs
Posted: March 25
The Settlers heritage of kings is another installment of "The settlers" game series but still stands out to me as one of the best.

With a fully fledged campaign both challenging and rewarding it really gives you something to build up to and really try to work and finish. This game not only has that element but has many scenarios to play against AI and also the ability to play a LAN game with friends (Only steam copies work with other steam copies, sadly).

Overall although this game may be over 10 years old it still stands out to me as challenging as it is interesting to play. Great game!
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