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 (379 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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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
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.0 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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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 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 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
this game is no doubt dated , but is no pushover when it comes to difficulty. one thing i must say is that if you were to play this game, like all games from the 80s/90s.. remember to read the manual. :)
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I gave this game a 7/10 just because the graphics are out dated (is obviously an old game) and there is other games with a little more extended menus.
However is totally worth the price. If you like Warcraft III you will enjoy this variant.
I expend a few hours figuring out the strageties and also managing the city was very amusing, it wanted to freez a few times but it didn't other than that the game is woth it.


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0 of 1 people (0%) 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 8 people (38%) 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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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Fun and hard to play game
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
this game is pretty coolbut the Controlls are a little bit complekadet.

for 7 $ make you nothing wrong buy it !
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Knights and Merchants là một game chiến thuật thời gian thực mà đối với hầu hết game thủ, đó là tuổi thơ dữ dội mà họ đã từng trải qua.

Phần chính của trò chơi là phần chiến dịch, có tất cả 20 màn. Game có vẻ khó khi mới bắt đầu, nhưng một khi bạn đã hiểu rõ về gameplay, bạn sẽ thấy nó cực kì dễ dàng. Hầu hết các màn chơi trong game đều bắt đầu từ việc xây dựng một thị trấn, rồi sau đó huấn luyện quân đội và tiêu diệt kẻ thù. Tuy nhiên, có vài màn chơi chỉ cho bạn một số binh lính, bắt buộc bạn phải suy nghĩ chiến thuật để phòng thủ, hoặc tấn công một kẻ thù nào đó. Những màn chơi như vậy sẽ giúp bạn học được cách đánh thắng kè thù đông hơn mình gấp 2-3 lần.

Trong suốt quá trình chơi game, những công trình mới sẽ được mở khóa dần dần, thêm vào đó là những đơn vị lính, hàng hóa mới. Thông thường, kẻ địch sẽ hiện đại hơn bạn một chút, tức là có trước những công trình mà bạn chưa mở khóa được. Nhưng đừng lo, hãy chứng tỏ mình là một pro gamer và đánh bại kẻ thù bằng những chiến thuật mang lại vinh quang cho bạn.
Phần kinh tế trong game được làm khá chi tiết mà tôi chắc chắn rằng, kô có một game chiến thuật thời gian thực nào khác có thể tái hiện giống như Knights and Merchants. Ví dụ như bạn muốn có bánh mì, bạn cần phải có một nông trại thu hoạch lúa mì, rồi sau đó chuyển lúa đến một công trình khác để làm ra bột mì, và cuối cùng bột mì được chuyển đến những lò nướng bánh để cho ra một chiếc bánh mì. Thật chân thực phải kô? Vì vậy, để có một người lính thật kô đơn giản như những game RTS khác. Bạn sẽ cần sản xuất ra những trang bị riêng cho những người lính. Đơn vị lính mạnh nhất, knight sẽ cần một thanh kiếm, một chiếc áo giáp sắt, một chiếc khiên dài và một con ngựa. Để sản suất ngần ấy trang bị sẽ tốn khá nhiều thời gian khiến việc có một đội quân lớn không hề dễ chút nào.

Mọi đơn vị quân trong game đều cần phải ăn. Bạn có thể kiểm tra đơn vị quân ấy có cần ăn hay không bằng cách nhấn vào đơn vị ấy. Thông thường, những đơn vị dân sẽ tự động tìm một nhà hàng để ăn. Có tất cả 4 loại thức ăn, đó là: bánh mì, xúc xích, rượu nho và cá. Những đơn vị lính thì khác, họ sẽ cần những nông nô giúp đem thức ăn tới mỗi khi họ đói. Bạn có thể lợi dụng điều này để tấn công kẻ thù trong lúc binh lính đang bị phá vỡ đội hình khi đang ăn.

Hệ thống chiến đầu của game có một lỗ hổng khá lớn. Ví dụ như việc di chuyển lính một quãng đường dài sẽ khiến đội hình bị phá. Bạn chỉ có thể điều khiển một đội lính một lúc, điều này gây ít nhiều khó khăn trong việc điều khiển binh lính. Nếu như binh lính của bạn di chuyển đến gần kẻ địch, hai bên sẽ đánh nhau và bạn sẽ mất quyền điều khiển chúng cho đến khi một trong hai bên chết hết, và bạn không thể ngăn được chúng đánh nhau một khi nó đã bắt đầu. Điều cuối cùng là nếu lính của bạn đói khi đang chiến đấu, lính sẽ chết dần cho đến khi được ăn.

Tuy nhiên, cũng có vài mặt tốt trong hệ thống chiến đấu của game. Hầu hết các đơn vị lính đều có những ưu nhược điểm khắc chế lẫn nhau khiến game rất cân bằng. Pikemen là lính sử dụng giáo, khắc chế kị binh như Knights. Archers cần phải được bảo vệ bởi bộ binh vì Archers không có khả năng chống lại những bộ binh khác.

Âm thanh trong game cũng rất xuất sắc. Bạn có thể nghe thấy tiếng chặt cây của tiều phu, hay tiếng thợ mộc đang tạo ra những vũ khí phục vụ cho quân đội. Thêm vào đó là 20 bản nhạc nền thú vị. Tất cả tạo nên những âm thanh sống động như thể bạn đang sống trong thế giới trung cổ vậy.

Tóm lại, đây là một trò chơi gắn liền với tuổi thơ của khá nhiều game thủ, trở thành huyền thoại trong dòng game chiến thuật. Nếu bạn muốn nhớ lại một phần kí ức, sao không thử download và chơi game ngay nhỉ? Đó là một ý kiến không tồi chút nào!
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3 of 18 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
PLAY THIS GAME WE WILL FIGHT TOGETHER

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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I can't even do the tutorial :(
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5 of 23 people (22%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
When I first started up a mission, I had a nostalgia trip as it looked so much like Warcraft II, but after I finished the tutorials, I quickly got disgruntled with it. There is very little actual story, just about two paragraphs at the start briefly explaining why you`re at this particular battle, and no objective other than to completely destroy the enemy (which you aren`t even told). There is only one defensive building which has an incredibly short range, and quite a few buildings you aren`t told how they even work. I realize this is from`98, but c`mon! Might and Magic was far more rich in story, and Command & Conquer vastly more complex while being playable.

The non-HD version also hurt my eyes, and I still play Age of Empires II. Don`t buy unless on sale AND you remember playing it. 3/10
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0 of 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Un joc misto dar grafica 2D....
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3 of 20 people (15%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
How I can play online versus? Help me
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3 of 25 people (12%) found this review helpful
127.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
KAM HD is good

But, TPR is SUCKs

Too many BUG!
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3 of 26 people (12%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I just stuck on tutorial. No instructions at all. Luckily this game I got free. (phewww)
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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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10.7 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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43 of 57 people (75%) 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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