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 (446 reviews)
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

    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
47 of 62 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
It'a quite slow and hard to learn. But when you reached it, it's really fun.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
135.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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 - rather 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 of course 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 - and 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
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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Knights and Merchants, or should I say KaM, is a fun strategic game that is basically like SimCity and Civilizations mixed together. At first, I didn't know what to do. Luckily, I figured it out moments later. I built a town, and raised my warriors from the roof up. This is probably a strategy game that I will love alongside Warcraft III. I have only encountered the town tutorial, and I can't wait 'til I get to the battles!
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Veeerry Veeery Addictive game... Thumbs up if you agree :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Half of my childhood - 11/10 ;-; and i still suck at this game but i luv it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
This is a very nice oldie real time strategy. You can find some common things with "The Settlers" or maybe with "Age of empires" but this is a totally different game. The theme is medieval England, medieval wars. You have to raise your economy, build your army and fight some battles in order to have some success, quite simple, but totally entertaining.
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I loved this game back in the day, and had to get the remake. Still holds true to the original and if you loved that, you will love this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
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SINCE 1998 <3
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
This is one nostalgic game I played when I was young and it never gets old.

If you like games like settlers or age of empires you might like this one as well. It´s a strategic game where you have to destroy the enemy army and/or destroy their important buildings. It is easier said then done because you have to understand how to build a town and raise an army without having insufficient supplies. Your enemy or enemies on the other hand are also raising an army at the same time. Each level offers different ways in how to build your town depending on your enviroment. You can also make time go faster by pressing f8. It has an AOE so this also works for the enemy. When you play the game without time going faster you would understand why they put that option in part two of Knights and Merchants (Peasant Rebellion) ;). The fast forward button works for both campaigns.

When you understand the game you could go endless in building your town and create huge armies.

I really recommend this game for all you nostalgic strategic game lovers! :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) 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
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Finally, after 16 year I could play KaM again! I really love it! One of the most beatiful strategic games i've ever played...
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
The #1 real time strategy game for all phishing bots out there.
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3 of 6 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Good game
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