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.
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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
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with OpenGL support
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: required
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 15.10 or SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with OpenGL support
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: required
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
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Bronan the FIlthy
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
It was great in it's time, but after having a taste of all the current games like this have to offer, Knights and Merchants is a lackluster experience at best. The only way this game could become remotely playable is with stronger nostalgia goggles than I have. If you want to relive the fun of the genre's early days that's great, but I couldn't bring myself to play for much longer than this.
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ShadowsFear
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Good RPG.
9/10 from me.
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SuperSandro2000
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
The graphics are totaly outdated.
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spila.erik
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Very good classical game. Played it when I was young, and playing it when I am older.
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docdollah
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Everything's great until a fight breaks out. The commands and unit cordination are pretty rough, requiring superior numbers rather than unit stragegy to win fights
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Pé Ri
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Just 1 thing to talk about this game: My childhood
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Ebe
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Crashes frequently on mac, game is not optimized for current mac/windows. Not running completely smoothly, these are things that are essential to any game and definitely needs fixing
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Kasvo
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
its medival torture execution thing.
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rZUL
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Game is very nice BUT....
Don't buy this game for HD version, it is a joke, i can't believe that enyone took money for it.
If you can buy it cheeper somewhere else, do it and download KAM REMAKE, which is true HD version, worth paying for(it's FREE).
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GamerRXR
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Viciante, mas meio dificil no começo ! RECOMENDO !!!!
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BenjixDD
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
It's a very good game, but the multiplayer is doesn't work.
Everybody could you help me?
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DreXon™
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
OMG this game is awesome. I've never seen better strategy game.
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Crythorn
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
dull slow boring, just some of the words you can use for this title.
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De Vulus
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
It's okay.

7/10
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Sarkoth
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
This is as addictive as the original "The Settlers" games.
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Diamond
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Fun Game , reminds me of first settlers game :P
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♛EcxotiK | OPSkins
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Not that fun, not that great :P
1/10
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The Emperor ♛
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
- Good Game!
- 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Very good classical game. Played it when I was young, and playing it when I am older.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Everything's great until a fight breaks out. The commands and unit cordination are pretty rough, requiring superior numbers rather than unit stragegy to win fights
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Seeing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ serf starved to death while he was carrying sausages is priceless
10/10
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
First game ever = Best game ever
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
This is as addictive as the original "The Settlers" games.
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Game is very nice BUT....
Don't buy this game for HD version, it is a joke, i can't believe that enyone took money for it.
If you can buy it cheeper somewhere else, do it and download KAM REMAKE, which is true HD version, worth paying for(it's FREE).
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Fun Game , reminds me of first settlers game :P
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
There was no steam when we (as father and son) started to play this game but there were long, sleepless AWESOME nights which we stayed up all night and have arguments with my dad... IT IS A EPIC MEMORY FOR MY CHILDHOOD. This the perfect game for those who are patient and you need to calculate every move of your kingdom in order to prosper. JUST EPIC...

Go ahead and buy it and thx me later...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
My childhood game.Best forever.Why no more strategy game like this? srsly BEST!!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
6.6/10 - A steal for the price

This game has aged but it still is really fun. If you still play older games you will really enjoy this title. There is alot to this game and took me some time to get better, but once you get the hang of it. Fun.

Games on sale usually for less than $1. Totally worth it!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I have been playing this game since it came out, forgot about it for a while, then discovered it again on Steam. Had to have it and still surprised about the great game mechanics and timelessness!

One of the most frustrating and difficult games i've never grew tired of when I was younger. Still quite a challenge in todays game world.

Just get it!

Ps: Would be nice have the workshop for this game. So we can tweak textures, etc.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
nice old school game. build an army out of nothing. make wood, make planks and build a building of it!
love it! need a new version of this one ;-)
9/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This is one of those games that you probably got with a bundle or some promo and out of nostalgia for the 90s and the steam cards you give it a go around 8 when you are back home and suddenly it's 4 o'clock in the morning…

It have it's share of problems and it may feel stupid for today standards (imagine that you need to turn the archers yourself to face the enemy so they can start attacking…) but I found it very challenging to try to win.
At first I was very frustrated but then I tried to understand how it plays and I liked it.

I loved that you really need to do resources management and you need for example to pick wood, make planks, then shields, then axes and finally a soldier and you don't just have a super simplified system like in other games that you need just 1 or 2 resources to do this. More advanced units need even more resources.

I also loved that you need in fact to feed your people or they will just die! Really this game is complex even for today's standards and while the graphics are absolutely outdated from a point on you just don't care, because you enjoy the game. The HD version helped giving you more zoomed out view that look better in a 1080p monitor.

It is not for everyone but if you like micromanagement and you are willing to “forget” modern gameplay and retrofit yourself to how the games used to play, you will enjoy it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Best micro managment strategy game ever created. Simple as that
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
old school game :D i love this game very much
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405 of 461 people (88%) found this review helpful
351 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.0 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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105 of 109 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
A truly amazing game. It is one of those games that will hold your attention for years to come.

I remember walking into a very old Poundland type of shop when I was younger. Literally a year or so after it was released in the early 2000's and we found this game just in a discount shelf, so it was bought for our almighty Windows 95/98 machine. It was one of the best games I had ever played, of course, I was very young, 6/7 years old, and not very good at it, but it was epic and always will be.

Betrayed by one of your own, you must set out to defeat the enemies of your land with those loyal. Building villages to towns and cities, to defeat your enemies. This is no easy game. It requires time, patience, knowledge and a did I mention time?

Strategy is extremely important. You cannot mass produce the same troops, not unless you want rekt by some archers and some militia. Speaking of armies, it is important that you keep a steady flow of resources, as your serfs are the most important people you can create. They take raw resources to buildings so that food and weapons can be created, to then be transferred to your castle or storehouse. Every character you can create serves importance, resources are limited and sometimes time is as well, as the enemy A.I. will attack and will be ruthless towards you, the further into the game you get.

I must mention KaMRemake.com here, not because I've been asked to, but because of the work they have put into the Remake. coded from scratch, as the original code was never released, Krom and Lewin have recreated this masterpiece, fixed bugs, allowed speed up buttons, pause buttons and some new maps and a totally new and improved multi-player! With the Remake you also get 3 new campaigns created by players, for players, that are very challenging and not for the feint hearted.

Download the Remake, you will not be disappointed!

If you are into strategic fighting and building games, you NEED to get this now!
It's late, I'll probably add to this review soon, but for now, peace!
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92 of 101 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Things that caused that I liked this game:

- Real presentation of the manufacturing and transporting process of goods (farm need land of soil -> soil is watered and seeded -> crops grow -> crops are cut and then transported to the mill -> mill makes flour which is transported to the bakery -> bakery makes bread)

- Great building process . Every stone and plank added to any building is carefully built piece by piece, and best part is you can SEE that happens. Buildings DO NOT just pop up from the ground, but they are built categorically.

Even today, there is no game in the world that presents that kind of reality in building and micromanagement of goods.
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83 of 89 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
It's going to be difficult to explain why I've played this game for a while. I started it up the first time completely confused as heck wondering why no one was listening to my commands and quickly stopped. Decided to give it another shot and am quite happy I did... as I ended up playing for four hours straight.

The AI is interesting to note on this one. Rather than telling peasants (or serfs as their called) or builders (laborers) to do exactly what to do - you are a planner and the serfs and laborers do your bidding automatically. Yes, that means that serfs and what not micro manage themselves. It can be a bit of an issue as I've noticed building 3 or more buildings sometimes can halt production, none the less though once this is addressed there shouldn't be issues. Roads need to be built to interconnect the city as well as allow serfs to travel to the job site to drop off materials for the building to be built. Laborers and serfs work closely together to accomplish the building - serfs mostly look after distribution of resources. There are A LOT - of different resources which get stored at a supply house. Bows, swords, shields, flour, corn are just the beginning of what is stored.

There are different types of units military wise but the civilian crowd delivers stability to your village. Bakers can be trained, animal trainers, farmers, carpenters, wood cutters, miners etc... It can get quite crazy and overbearing at times early on in the campaign to see how much can be done with the diversity of the units.

Battling is interesting and is as cool as an old style RTS can get. What is neat though which I wish other games would follow is when holding down the right mouse button, you can actually choose 360 degrees which way your troops should face. When you select a band of your troops, you are able to link up units with other units (conjoin groups) and are able to unite a bunch of units under one banner. Be it under one banner or not, you are able to rotate and position in HOW MANY lines the troops are allowed to be in. This really helps keeping a long line of infantry while keeping a band of arrows behind the infantry line.

I got this game extremely cheap on sale and figured why not? Somehow for some reason, I like this game. Some of the in game perks as which way the soldier should face I found absolutely brilliant even though simple. I found myself mesmerized watching the AI serfs and laborers do my bidding and build.

Is this game for everyone? Not really - you may get sucked into it like I did or you may think this is some stupid old game that should stay buried. I will recommend it as someone who is consistently looking for action in games, found myself happy with the eventual build of my village.

7.6/10

ScreenShots :

Soldiers need to be fed as you can see on the right (condition) while a button needs to exist to give peasants crap for standing around and pretending to not look busy
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