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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.
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!”
86 – PC Joker 10/98

80 – Game Over Online

80 – PC Gamer UK

About the 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
27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
76 products in account
4 reviews
14.0 hrs on record
When buying this you will not be able to rush your enemy in under 10 minutes. It's a game which requires a long breath in gaming because it can be named... slow. But when buying this you'll get a classic strategy game. So if you dislike retro strategy games, then leave and never return, but otherwise it's a game which is recommended for you!
Posted: March 10th, 2014
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
964 products in account
100 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
It'a quite slow and hard to learn. But when you reached it, it's really fun.
Posted: June 26th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
136 products in account
1 review
15.1 hrs on record
One of my all time favorite games. Still very addicting and a great game to play. Install the KaM Remake on top of it, so u have the HD resolution and better multiplayer!
Posted: May 30th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
200 products in account
2 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
This game brings back such memories.. Ah..
Anyway, nostalgia trip over, here's my views on this game.

Pro's and benefits:
This game has an indepth resource management system. Seriously, it's way better than anything to date. Your army can drain your economy rapidly depending on how big it is, so fielding smaller armies can be mutually better, if it may take longer to defeat your enemy.
Strategy is actually required for this game. No really, it's not a case of throwing a large army of 50 spear holders against a small force of 10 swordsmen with some archers behind, because that'll just get you murdered and that's a whole bunch of gold and resources gone. It's better to have small squads of 6, 9 and 12 with occasional 16 squads appearing now and then.
The nostalgic feel of this game is incredible! This game was made a good 10 years ago at the very least, maybe even earlier. Because it was made earlier and during the time that game developers actually had the balls to step outside the box and try something now, it created this game as well as many others.

The Cons/painful stuff:
Crash crash crash landings. This game SUCKS with the amount of crashes you can get. Seriously, there's an amazing amount of things you can do, and half of them will make you crash to desktop faster than the speed of light. (Note: this can be remedied via downloading the remake version on modDB. No free game for you though, you have to own the game to get access to the remake. Nice little touch of coding on the dev's part)
Time. THIS TAKES FOREVER!!! No really, you can be there for a good few hours figuring out one single mission. It can get really frustrating and at times I need to quit and relax my mind before I blow a brain tumor.

Final score:
I give this game a 4/5.
I'm giving it this score because considering everything that's great about this game, the crashes and amount of time it takes, as well as the sheer amount of difficulty some missions can have will result in rages and you not touching the game for a full week. However considering everything else about the game, it's really fun to play.

Notice: With the remake edition, multiplayer is available as well as a few other options, not to mention the crashes are at a minimum and you can increase time to X10 so waiting on your ♥♥♥ no longer becomes such a dull practice. Use the remake version if you want a better game in general. (again, you must own the game before you can use anything in the remake, and even then the remake isn't complete even today, so expect a few issues)
Posted: April 3rd, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
200 products in account
4 reviews
2.8 hrs on record
Nostalgia overdose. A definite recommendation to lovers of medieval themed games.
Posted: May 24th, 2014
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,294 products in account
3 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14th, 2013
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