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

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    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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Mr. Nix
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game Is a golden classic from the good old times. I´ve got the game from a PC magazine and loved the game so much that I even waisted money for just having the game on steam. The game can be a little confusing at first, but relaxing, and fun when the community expands ending up in a war.
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SnackBar
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 22
fine i guess
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SUPREME
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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3.6 hrs
Posted: September 19
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nerius
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 14
Product received for free
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3.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game was very popular in Poland in late 90s and eraly 2000s. I loved that then and i absolutely love it now. For me an: absolute RTS classic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Oh my god, i found this game on Steam and i was like, OMG i must buy this game! I played this game when i was maybe 8 years old. I remember when i finally got home from school, and everything that i wanted was playing this game!
I played only 2 hours but thos game is best RST game i ever know. I totally recommended this game so far! Hope you will enjoy this game as I enjoyed it!

-chen
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Recommended.
This old game gives you basics in strategy genre. There is no much attention to battles and military component so the player can concentrate on creating and developing his settlement & routing resources.
This game definately is not for those who has allergy to old graphics, very old though.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Get the game else where, and then download the free patches on a google search.

This is a broken version. The mechanics does not work. Mission 4, you can not build anything for some reason.
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455 of 518 people (88%) found this review helpful
388 people found this review funny
Recommended
48.9 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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115 of 119 people (97%) 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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99 of 108 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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94 of 104 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
136.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Knights and Merchants! So many childhood memories I have of this game. I remember playing this years ago and sucking horrible at it because I was too young to be any good in strategy games but now im older and somewhat better at strategy games, spent over a 100 hours in this game because its so addicting and time consuming :)

Upon purchasing and playing this game, the game kept crashing and crashing for me when using windows 7. Luckily fans made a HD remake mod for this game and I can play at without any problems, even though the remake version isnt 100% complete yet and it need some tweaking here and there. But thanks to that mod I had so much fun playing this game and the new custom maps that came with it.

I defenitely recommend this to play if you like strategy games and have ALOT of time at your hands :D
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84 of 91 people (92%) 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.



RATING : 7.4/10


Gameplay B
Story / Campaign B
Visuals / User Interface C
Sounds / Music C+
Replay-ability C+
Overall B-




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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80 of 87 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2013
Back in 1998 I spent a lot of hours playing this marvelous game. The city-building part is fun and easy, but battles are even more fun and, despite game's simplistic looks, challenging (at least sometimes). It's hard to recommend this 15 years old game with something like "Settlers 7" released, but it still could deliver a lot of fun if you don't mind outdated graphics.
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