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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“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
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Knights and Merchants, or KaM to those of us that have played the game on and off for decades, is a fantastic and fun game in which you build and fight in a variety of lands. Each 'mission' has it's own goals, however they do tend to blend together and every new map seems to have the same goal. Battle missions, where there is no building, are quick, and you will find yourself on the losing end if you're not paying attention. First time players will see themselves restarting a battle mission a time or two.

KaM is an old game indeed, and this release on Steam finds you with the original, "The Shattered Kingdom" and the next release "The Pesants Rebellion" (both known to the community as TSK and TPR respectively. The Steam version also includes an "HD Version" which modifies the graphics a bit and the game speed. It also opens up all buildings starting at mision 1 which is not what the orginal game does.

If you are into strategy build sims then KaM is a game you will want on your list!

That said, if you buy this game from Steam or from GOG, I would recommend you play TSK and TPR missions 1-3 only. That will give you the fundamentals of the game and how it works. You'll also see several issues with the game and you may encounter a bug or two. Even with the bugs in the original game, it is worth playing, and worth your time. Why only the first 3 missions you may ask. Well, that's because as awesome as the game is, it gets better with the KaM Remake.

Once you see the game in all its original glory, you simply MUST go get the KaM Remake from www.kamremake.com to enjoy the game with today's computer capabilities.

The good folks over at KaM Remake have rebuild this awesome game from scratch and added some enhancements, such as better AI, a map editor and the ability for you not only to create your own maps, but make your own missions or even entire campaigns. They have truly taken a great game, and made it better using all the original game pieces such as the units, environments, and animations, and recreated the game code to support today's computing power and screen sizes. My personal favorite, is the ability to zoom in and out with the mouse wheel.

While the KaM Remake has removed two building types for game balance, they added the Marketplace, which was part of the original game but never implemented. The Marketplace adds a new factor to the game, allowing you to trade one type of resource for another. This opens up a TON of options for map, mission, and campaign creators.

Additionally, the KaM Remake is FREE. Yep, you heard me, FREE. However you must own KaM in order for the Remake to install and work. Details can be found at www.kamremake.com

Buy this game. Get the remake. You'll be glad you did.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Very impressive, archaic strategy game. Made before your Starcrafts, Total Wars and Age of Empires.

I was surprised to see once again these graphics and these old controls. Amazing how good the music is with this one. I didn't hear such wonderful medieval soundtrack in a long while.

This is a hard one to get into because of the complex micromanagement and economy, but it's worth it at least for the atmosphere.
Not for people who want action!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
A classic village management game that still plays and runs well today on modern systems. UI and general game mechanics may take some getting use to but its nothing major. The Knights and Merchants Remake mod fixes many problems such as lack of windowed mode and multiplayer servers.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
It's a great classic RTS games and in my opinion still one of the best RTS games ever made. Also very realistic considering the age of the game. In my early years I have well spent hours and hours playing this great game. And ever since I bought new computers etc. I tried installing it again but with no succes or with flaws. And thanks to Steam it's finally possible to play it again.

Would definitely reccomend it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
204.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
10/10 Would Idle Again.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This game brings me back to when i was a kid. I still can get lost in this game for house so it must mean it is good if i still play it now!!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
While the game may be old, it definitely is fun. While the game's tutorial may suck and will likely force you to go online for a proper one, don't let that discourage you too much. Once you get the hang of the controls, you'll find the game to be a lot of fun.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I used to play this game as a kid and I remember always going back to it, because it's so much fun. Honestly, the best part of the game is building your village and I have to admit that I don't play it for the battles; they're pretty much a necessary evil, haha. It's fun to keep trying new layouts and road systems. I can spend hours just building a village and then start over once I'm done.

The mechanics are great, just plan your buildings and roads and your serfs and workers do all the work. Try not to build too many things at once though, because you will make it go slower accidentally. The workers have a pre-set priority. For example, if a building needs resources the serfs will go there first, and once the building has resources, the workers will go there to build it. This means that roads won't be finished (the workers abandon it to do the buildings first) and some workers might even die while waiting for stones. So, try to finish one thing before you start the next project.

The music gets stuck in your head, I catch myself humming the themes while at work. Crazy. Very fun to play, very nostalgic. The graphics may not be anything fancy, the game surely makes up for it. I definitely recommend this to anyone who's on the verge of buying it. And be honest, for this price, what do you have to lose?
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Awesome game. Its not that hard as many people said. The only problem here is the language. Maybe a good remake change this. Yet, for a few bucks, I feel good by having this game installed again.
Strategy game, looks familiar but more city complex than AoE. War strategys are more limited cause you have less type of units than AoE, yet you need some brain here.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I remember playing this game on a demo disk that i got from a pc gamer magazine.. Good times!!

If you enjoy games such as Age Of Empires, Settlers, and command and conquer, then this is for you! Game is hard to understand at first, but once you understand it the game becomes pretty easy. Does bring back some good childhood memories.

Pros
Trading cards
Nice old strategy game
add you own music and own map

Cons
Unit training in Town Hall and Siege Workshop is not functioning.
AI behavior is still limited.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
All my laborers died from hunger as they were building a bakery.
10/10 would play again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Oh my, this game is still so much fun! It's amazing to be able to play this game again like I did as a kid. I'm glad it was made available on Steam!

Can be really relaxing, challenging and exciting at the same time. A classic game worth spending time on.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Best game ever, I have tried to get this to work for years. Now I find it for 0.90 Eur, easy worth 10 times that. The cozy feel to this game is just unique.
Everything is just perfect, from the language to the sounds. It make me giggle at times and sometimes it makes me rub my hands in sucess when all is working.
Even the annoying troop movement actually add a layer of tactics to the game.

I just love it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Funny game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
The greatest 3; K&M, Stronghold, Settlers 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Not bad.
7/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
The game is great.. however it's definitely not for everyone. I used to play this a lot as a kid and I enjoyed it. I do recommend getting it if it's on a sale. If it's not, then you probably shouldn't spend your money (unless you're a fan or played this game before, of course).

There are a few frustrating things like:
- Can't plan roads ahead - the builders won't start building buildings until they finish the roads.
- People constantly getting into each other's way and pushing around.
- Poor unit control (and impossible to control "passive/friendly" units).

Another thing (which isn't necessarily a bad one) that I can add is that the game is slow. It takes forever to get things done and I often minimize the game to do other things.


I think this game deserves a sequel. I don't see it coming anytime soon though.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I used to spend hours and hours and hours playing this when I was a kid. It has a beautiful soundtrack which fills me with happiness every time I hear it. The campaign is difficult but a ton of fun and playing normal maps is great too, even if the AI isn't that good.

It still has some late game bugs that could ruin your game, but I find that it doesn't occur that often and if it does you just gotta make sure you win fast. :p

I highly recommend you install the Remake from http://www.kamremake.com/. It fixes tons of bugs and makes the game so much better you could call it an entirely new game.

This is definitely a nostalgia influenced opinion though.
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