KNIGHTS and MERCHANTS recreates the era of the Middle Ages. Apart from the purely fictitious geography of our world, all game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, 1200 A.D. And we haven't used imaginary elements like fabled creatures, either. The player takes on the role of an ordinary captain in the Palace Guard.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,644 reviews) - 79% of the 1,644 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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About This Game

KNIGHTS and MERCHANTS recreates the era of the Middle Ages. Apart from the purely fictitious geography of our world, all game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, 1200 A.D. And we haven't used imaginary elements like fabled creatures, either. The player takes on the role of an ordinary captain in the Palace Guard. A conspiracy against the king catapults the captain into a situation where he finds himself responsible for the defence of the last royal province. This is all that remains of the shattered kingdom, which has been split into numerous small principalities and fiefdoms. And now even the king himself, ensconced in his capital, is threatened by enemy armies. This is the starting point of your Middle Ages adventure. Now you must win back all those provinces which once belonged to your king.

THE SHATTERED KINGDOM:

After many battles, a former kingdom has been divided into many small principalities and earldoms. The kingís troops were pushed back into one last royal province, and the rulers of the other provinces waged terrible, destructive wars against one another. The whole land fell into a state of chaos and now the former royal capital itself is under
siege by the armies of the rebel lords. You belong to the last remaining group of loyal kingís men, and have been commanded to go to the king in view of the imminent
attack.

THE PEASANTS REBELLION:

Build a prosperous settlement with a complete economy. Arm your troops and meet the enemy on the battle field! Master these tasks and the King’s subjects will be able to live in peace and freedom again.

GAME FEATURES:

  • Middle ages simulation and Real-time strategy
  • 2 campaigns "The Shattered Kingdom" and "The Peasants Rebellion" with a total of 34 missions
  • Skirmish Mode and 10 Multiplayer-Maps
  • About 25 different types of buildings
  • More than a dozen different types of characters
  • Over 10 different troop types, including archers, scouts, knights, bowman and barbarians
  • Multiplayer battles with up to 6 players in LAN or through the Internet
  • New Musical Score

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Stereo Soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Stereo Soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Mac Single Core CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 128 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: required
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Mac Single Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 128 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: required
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
Helpful customer reviews
246 of 285 people (86%) found this review helpful
212 people found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
I bought this game for my father since he used to play back in the days.
He worked as a baker before he got unimployed. All he did was play Knights and Merchants.
Now he is unimployed and whenever I see him, he is still playing this...
I've tried making him play many other games, yet he always comes back to this... On the same day.
It has been many months since then, and he still plays it.
Nothing but Knights and Merchants.
He doesn't seem to know how to save a game. He always restarts and enjoys it alot.
I told him to play this on offline mode though, otherwise I can't play my games on steam.
However, it is not exaggerated if I say he played atleast 1000 hours. If not more.

My father is 55. Only plays Knights and Merchants.
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Knights and Merchats a truly amazing game, ohh and very hard, if you are accustomed to games that came out in recent years, yea you are going to have a hard time mastering this one.

Graphics - If you have played the first or second Age of Empires or Age of Mythology you won't have a problem with these graphics. For graphics nearly 20 years old, it still holds up to the titans of its genre Age of Empires/Mythology. 8/10

Music - Relaxing and fun to listen to, like you are really in a tavern. 8/10

Cinematics - None

Story - A normal story, nothing too boring to nothing too exciting just right. A story about betrayal and your quest through various lands to achieve revenge. 7/10

Content - A lot of stuff. The variation of troops and buildings is truly amazing,the way the maps are made, the effects that every single thing has. Some recent games have less content than a game nearly 20 years old, truly without words. 10/10

Controls - A little stiff as expected, but can be easily fixed by giving it some time to sink in. 8/10

Gameplay - Fluid and well paced, still needs a little getting used to, but when you do, it all pays off. 8/10

A must have for strategy and base building lovers, a true gem. True it isn't Age of Empires/Mythology or even Starcraft, but hey give it a try, I did and I am here giving it a recommendation.

Final Score: 8.1/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
Great Nostalgia, as I played the original game ~2000 when I was a kid. If you already played this game, you can't do much wrong buying it again, it contains both campaigns (The Shattered Kingdom [TSK] & The Peasants Rebellion [TPR]) which should take ~50hrs of raw speedrunning if you still know the concept of the game.

There is a problem though: This is NOT the original game from 2000! It's a remake with a hell of bugs and changes (esp. if you played TSK and didn't own the Gold Edition)


Some things I noticed:
Opposite KI is waaaaaay worse than the original game (only TSK). E.g. senseless re-adjusting of the forces which is an invitation to lure them out with an archer without much trouble. They once didn't attack for 30 seconds after my archer hit them and just ran one by one in their death. Then the next army and so on. I killed about 50 Units and didn't lose a single Platoon of guys.

It's not just more buggy, the KI seems to be more passive than it used to be. I remembered some TSK missions - in Mission 4, they used to have a really vicious timing-attack pressuring a small opening in the mountains if you stood too passive and just tried to eco. The chevalry didn't even move a single feet/hoof in this remake. So lets say you have very much time just building your economy, which you didn't have in the original game and made it kinda tricky to balance economy and army.

Another (quite annoying) bug is that - if you build the mercenary camp - mercenaries kinda freeze the game. Commands are delayed by ~5 seconds, which can cause big frustration in a combat. So I recommend playing TSK missions without building the mercenary camp, though the units are in some mission very useful.

On the other hand, they didn't fix a giant bug concerning siege: if you click in a good rhythm at a building to attack, you need 1/2 of the time to destroy it. I found it out by accident in the old game and it's a really abusive thing, especially with the dumb KI which does not move for a big time. In one mission i just sneaked a platoon behind the lines and used that - If you split your original forced the missions would have needed maybe 10 minutes instead of 2 hours.


Now while this may sound really bad, you can still play the game and have lots of fun. But you have to be your own judge: If you abuse the mistakes in the game it's a really boring Settlers-spin-off. If you play honest some missions still are kinda tricky, especially in TPR. The story is great, the games brings many old feelings and the music still is nice (though not the same as in the original game, which I liked more)


For under 5€ definetely a must-have!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Before Age Of Empires... There was K&M.
Knights and Merchants forces you to use tactics and strategy employed the right way the first time around.
Resource gathering is also a high priority and will reserve many hours.

Its a great game, even today and uses a number of features that haven't been used in any other games since.
For me this game is a 10/10 based on that it is such an iconic game and one of my first!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
Back in the day, strategy games were really hardcore! The villagers didn't take orders from you and you had to feed your troops or they would starve! And if you wanted to recruit one soldier you had to forge his sword and armour first and then you could have one! And then you would have to constantly feed him or else he would die of famine!
Ow those were the good ol' medieval days!

After hours of micromanagement watch your entire army perish from starvation cause you forgot to attach your bakery to a road! Priceless!
10/10 would starve my armies again
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