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: Very Positive (418 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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“Cult suspicious mix of building-up strategy and real-time battles - a true free time killer!”
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80 – Game Over Online

80 – PC Gamer UK

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

    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Stereo Soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I first played "Knights and Merchants" from a demo disc when I was a kid, I use to replay the demo over and over, when I noticed this title in the Steam sale how could I say no for only 69p...

Rekindles old memories and highlights the changes in gaming over the years, including improvements from this title to overs but also what some modern titles are missing.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I love this game so much and I highly recommend it to anyone

I have some issues with HD version tho
- Why am I allowed to build a Swine on level 1?
- (BUG) Cursor doesn't stay still when I hold right click so I can't choose the direction for troops to face (this is important)
- Why can't I choose music track?

Well hopefully there is a remake of this game which you can find at KaMRemake.com
it' requires you to have the original game installed
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a really fun game to play. You get to build a town anyway that you desire however, you have to build it in a way to provide for all those living in your town. Start out small with only a few buildings and over time you expand it. I have only been playing this game for a few days but I am already hooked.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I got this game for free from a website, thinking that it'd be another lame game for the website's promotion. I was wrong.

The game in itself is wonderful, but there's a mod on the Internet called "KaM Remake" that adds multiplayer to this game. It makes the game 10 times better. And it's free.

Coming back to the game, I loved it, and while it might not be worth the $7 price for an average gamer, I personally think it is. 9/10, because the graphics hurt my eyes a little; but then, how much do you expect from a $7 game from 2001?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Game of my childhood. I have to say i love it more then setlers. and with remake-patch you can easy enjoy it in multiplayer.
But pleas add more buildings, units and so on :-)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Spent over 2 hours on the first level before the game froze.

Non HD version is frozen on menu.

Still would rather have spent the 97 cents on this game than 97 cents for any of the latest Call of Duty games.

10/10

Would feed hungry peasants again.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game is clearly labeled as the peasents rebellion but it doesnt have any of the content from the peasents rebellion simpy the origional game content am i missing something?
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Do not buy.

I'm the kind of guy who likes this kind of game. I also don't mind it being made in 1992 (I assume from the quality). That being said, this game isn't worth 3.3 hours of my life nor the money I spent on it.

Pros:
It made me want to play Gnomoria and AOEII.

Cons:
Everytime I launch the game it opens a browser window that goes to some raven game on steam. wtf?

It takes a crap ton of time to do anything. ie over an hour just to get the only source of meat going.

There is nothing in the game related to merchants or trading as far as I can tell.

Every building has to be connected to a road and cannot be rotated, so your town is just a bunch of j shaped roads because all the buildings face down.

Units cannot pass through one another and every time they meet they stop and both units try to find an open spot to go,
Just try feeding all of your military units at once. I dare you.

You have to feed your military units manually. Again, give it a try.

Laborers will be working and will need materials in a moment, but no one will do anything until the labor stops working to wait for materials.

Oh, oh, I almost forgot; after spending like two hours building all of the supply chains and buildings to make a barracks.. The game crashed! Awesome!

Don't think this game was very good back in the day either.



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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Knights and Merchants is a classic wich makes it's return to Steam after being unavailable for so many years.
When I was a kid this was one of my favorite strategy games. It's simple and it reminds you a bit of a Settlers 2 Gold clone. You'll start out creating a small agriculture, add mining and smelters then build troops. A fun thing is that you can set wich way troops are facing wich is pretty cool.

As for this "remake" i couldn't really call it that. The HD remake itself is done very poorly. Many of the issues in the older game haven't been fixed and the way they stretched the resolution is also pretty poorly. For a remake I wouldn't buy it.
If you know this game from the past and you've liked it i'd get it on sale (like I did).
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The game is older and for me it is missing too many things that I have come to expect. Being able to drag the mouse to select units, being able to select multiple units, the select unit/building being highlighted.

In addition it is frustrating to me to not be able to have a little more control over units. For example if one unit in a company gets in a fight (maybe he took a different path than the others) all of your units move to engage. And you can't cancel it.

There is also no unit progression which I really like.

The game was probalby great in its day, and playing a few levels had some nastalgia, but it does not hold my attention.
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3 of 18 people (17%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Playing this game is a good way to cure thine nostalgia for ye olde school games. Painfully slow, pointless, repetitive and nowhere near the brilliance of the old Warcraft. The combat section is especially poorly done, The words "strategy" and "tactics" are simply meaningless in this game, never mind what the manual claims. More appropriate words would be chaos and stupidity. Also, you have to constantly feed your troops, one at a time, so feel free to add the words "Chow Time" which is what your troops do 80% of the time.

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0 of 14 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Un joc misto dar grafica 2D....
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0 of 14 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I got this game for 45 cents and find it to be more of a poor warcraft substitute.
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0 of 17 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Dear game developers,
This game looks like a copy of Age of Empires for kids and it should be F2P.
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25.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
If you like games such as Settlers and Age Of Empires, then this is for you. Pretty simple to play but easy to lose hours on it at the same time. Definitely worth getting while it's on sale.
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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
My favorite game from childhood, still worth of spending some time playing
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20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Knights and Merchants - my favourite game from times when I was kid. In times when I got this game on steam, run and played I felt this again.. memories from old times came back..


This game is classic and is awesome,
Sometimes hard, sometimes easy.. - every time.. you wont get bored.
If you played in K&M you know what that means, if you wont.. Just try..
Sadly Soundtrack isnt oryginal.. is new. Oryginal was better, but this have too something good.

What I can say more? Game is just time when you can back to old memories, memiores full of good time.
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63.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
I love this game, and have played it for over ten years. Im glad they made it compatible with new computers but there are quite a few bugs. Definitely not a waste of $6 but save often because it does crash somewhat frequently.
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37.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
A very underrated classic game. I originally bought this game when it was first released and it has never gotten the recognition I felt it deserved. This is a Real-time-strategy game for players who enjoy playing the civilian/production side of the RTS experience, so if you're the kind of player who wants to build a massive army and kick butt with very little regard for your work force then you should look somewhere else. But if you want to build a complex city with charming buildings and likeable workers going about their jobs, then prepare for a real treat.

Pros

-A complex city construction system. If you want to train a soldier, you must first hire a recruit, build the weapons and armor they will use, and manufacture the components used to make the weapons and armor with first. And of coarse, this process requires buildings and workers for every stage of construction. Enjoy the process! :)

-The graphics and animations are charming. They are old-school, but charming.

-Population size is only limited by food production. You can keep growing your population for as long as you have the mats, but if you don't have the food to feed them with, you will be looking at a massive starvation die-off.

-A wide variety of types of workers for doing different jobs. Builders build. Serfs carry resources to where they are needed. Farmers grow crops. Blacksmiths craft armor. etc. etc.

Cons

-The game's tech-tree is more rigid (unforgiving) than I would like. You start the game with a certain amount of resources. And if you use up a particular resource before you've built the ability to produce more, then you might as well restart the round. This is especially true of gold, which is used for hiring new people. If you run out of gold before hiring a miner to mine gold with, you're town is permanently plateued.

-Very difficult to maintain a large standing army, because you need to feed them. And every piece of food you're giving to a soldier is a piece of food you aren't giving to a worker. And you only benefit from soldiers for as long as you are fighting. Large armies can cause massive starvation die-offs if you don't manage things properly.

-The player really needs the ability to grab a worker and give him a direct order to do something NOW, instead of waiting for their Ai to get around to doing it.

-The Ai gets confused in an extremely long game. (13 hours or so) It works great for a long time, and then suddenly serfs start delivering mats to other people's cities (this works for you as much as against you), units start forgetting how to do their jobs, etc.

-Ability to command your military is a little unforgiving. Once your army meets the enemy, you won't be able to give them any commands until after they are done fighting.

Overall

This is one of my all time favorite RTS games. It's even withstood the test of time!

If I could get an RTS with this games' work force and city construction combined with Warlords Battlecry's military and hero system, I'd be in heaven. :)
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Too old for me and RTS isn't really my cup of tea, but it still seems better than other similarly old games I tried.
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