Do you like Real Time Strategy? or are Role Playing Games your preference… Why not try both genres in one? … or even both separately? … In one game: KnightShift! In a mystical world beyond fantasy and imagination, where corruption and disaster go hand in hand, not all is as it seems.
User reviews: Mixed (181 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 31, 2003
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“The storyline is fun, and the game will make you chuckle, if not sometimes outright make you spit your soda onto the screen.”
86 – Next Level Gaming

“"Knight Shift" simply convinced us all along the line.”
94 – PC Spielemagazin

“KnightShift (Polanie II) is simply outstanding and sets a high international level of gameplay.”
90 – Interia PL

About This Game

Do you like Real Time Strategy? or are Role Playing Games your preference…
Why not try both genres in one? … or even both separately? …
In one game: KnightShift!

In a mystical world beyond fantasy and imagination, where corruption and disaster go hand in hand, not all is as it seems. A dark adventure begins in the RPG part: divided into eight chapters of dungeons, rare treasures, very strange companions and gruesome opponents. Eight individually equipped characters are available to you in this action packed role-play. It is now down to you, the player to form your hero and help him to fame and victory.

As soon as Gallus has been freed he can get on with job of bringing Prince John back to his father's kingdom. Strategy begins here: with the support of your loyal subjects the fight against the powers of evil begins.

GAME FEATURES:

  • Two games in one, a gripping storyline with amazing characters in a living world of fantasy [RTS-Part in 24 exciting missions and RPG Part with 8 chapters and countless nerve tickling quests]
  • Skirmish RPG und RTS Mode with over 20 additional maps
  • Over 2,000 various weapons, equipment and magical items
  • Extensive multiplayer fun with companion and competitive matches over LAN and EarthNET™
  • Revolutionary graphics taking full advantage of Per Pixel Shader technology with automatic adaptation of the engine to fitted hardware
  • A brandnew Musical Score with over 75 pieces of original music
  • Completely 3D with a freely rotating camera

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Single Core CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D with TnL support and 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Mouse and Keyboard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Single Core CPU with 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Per-Pixel-Shader 2.0 support and 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Mouse and Keyboard
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I had played this game before I re-found it on steam, and I used to bloody love this game, I found it again on steam for only 97 cents and brought a few freinds along to buy it aswell, it has a great campaign, great RTS/RPG elements in the game, It has a great Multiplayer system ranging from RTS which you can have a full out war or team up with your friends or betray them, and it also has a RPG Mode where you and your friends will do set missions. Very Great game I'd rate it 10/10 and is one of the best RTS game's I have ever played.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
It's a nice RPG. Not a WOW GREAT GAME, but I like it.
The RPG gameplay is preety simple, and I love to destroy everything in the map (houses, trees, rocks, tables, libraries, posts...).
It's obvious that there are many RPGs way better than Knightshift, but for 90 cents, you got an amused weekend :)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
"The task then was to drive out the evil lords from power and to allow peace and order to return.. "

Well.. so far, i was leading three cows to the south-east of the village ( Martha, Hilda and Getrude ), but they refuse to follow me. ( 11/10 )

Anyway, it's a realy nice oldschool RPG game. Gameplay is simple.

It has two game mods. ( multiplayer is also available )

( My personal opinion at the end )

RTS Mode.

"In this mode the player is faced with three campains. Each of them plays in a different geographical area and always offers the player new challenges ( Rescuing the Princess or fighting the Dragon. Classic, but i love it ). During the campains the player develops his character and gains access to new weapoms, special armor and magic items. He also has the possibility of creating new charackers or building new structures. Priests, priestesses, sorcerers and knights appear...
All characters gain experience and level-up, increasing their combat potential and magical abilities.

RPG Mode.

"At the beginning of the RPG mode the player selects his character from a list of totally 8 characters including Barbarian, Amazone Sorceress, Wizard, Knight, Priestess, Spearman, Archer and Skeleton. Each character can be modified the player has the possiblity to personalize his character by selecting the hair color, the clothes color ( Well, it doesnt have the best character customization, but come on, this game is old ) and by distributing points to basic or special abilities, individually at each character.
Every character has basic skills - the magic characters: stamina, mana and magic power, the non magic characters: stamina and strength. During the game progress the character is able to learn new spells and new abilities and the player has the posibility to invest the points received for each level up into the desired skills of his character.
With this option it is nearly impossible to generate two equal characters. "

My personal opinion ?

This game is realy old. Made back in 2003, if i am not mistaken.
Graphics aren't good. Audio too.
But if you're looking for a low spec, or an oldschool RPG game, this is for you. I am not feeling like i waste my time playing this game. i enjoyed playing it.

I recomment you to take a look on a walkthrough before buying it.

It is also have some issues with fullscreen. Just don't run it fullscreen.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I like silly games. This game is silly. So, it follows, I like this game. My logic is impeccable. Don't pay more than a buck and a half for it, though. It's fun, but it's not great.
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
This game is bad...but that special kind of bad that makes it fun to play with some friends while drinking or something. It has decent controls but hilariously bad dialogue. the characters all sound like Microsoft Sam and the there were times where every single word in an NPC's speach would end in the suffix "eth." If I had to explain the story of this game I would just say "thiseth iseth theeth adventureseth ofeth microsoft Prince John, Heeth goeseth arroundeth andeth killseth stuffeth."
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89 of 109 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
A nice litle hack 'n' slash with a great sense of humour. It's not going to win any major awards in THIS decade but it still offers a fun little break from more highbrow titles. It should be noted that there is a slight problem with higher resolutions. The game will not run in full HD. 67%
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81 of 101 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Truly one of my favourite games of all time. I would estimate that I have somewhere around 1000 hours into the Once Upon A Knight disc version, and I am not sure of the differences between KnightShift and Once Upon A Knight, other than that KnightShift is the European version. I would recommend this game if you can stand to not have the latest graphics, but do enjoy a sometimes humorous RPG. The campaigns are decent, but I could have spent days turning my enemies into cows in the skirmish mode. On top of that I do not remember any game-breaking bugs or issues of any kind from Once Upon A Knight, other than being addicted to it for quite some time. The game can appeal to different players, through the main story line campaigns, the rpg modes, skirmish battles, and the editor mode allowing you to make your own scenarios and maps, providing many, many hours of milk-spending entertainment! (Yup, "milk-spending", milk is one of the currencies, isn't that great?) While the graphics might not be up-to-date, which is what should be expected of an aging game, I feel that the gameplay greatly out-weighs that. I highly recommend this game!
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Reviews for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Overall Game
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KnightShift is a unique blend of RPG and top-down adventure. It can be played as a strategy game, an RPG, or a hybrid mix.

Seemingly very low-budget, KS still brings an interesting, if not intricate, gameplay to the gamer. For those who can tolerate the lower-end graphics and quirkiness of the game (I find it cute how the prince takes a nap, for example, as odd as it is), KnightShift will bring a good round of exploratory gameplay in an indie package that I'd recommend for a fun few hours of Princedom.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Gameplay
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Warning: There are a LOT of keys/key combinations to remember for this game.

If you're undaunted, the next hurdle to overcome is a slightly awkward mouse control that seems to be reminiscent of Windows 98 mouse acceleration insanity. Once familiarized with it, the mouse awkwardness stops detracting from the interface.

I'm not sure if there were audio cues for some things, but I learned haphazardly that the giant withcraft looking areas are healing spas. This was useful fighting my first few bears. The lesson here is just to explore the areas, as context tooltips don't really exist to assist in understanding what is around you in the game.

Although rough around the edges, the quirky gameplay and level-matched quests can catch you and lure you in for more from this game. The random encounter fights contribute a little to exp farming and provide a balanced challenge as you build up your equipment set and character.

Overall Accessibility
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KnightShift has dialogue that is not subtitled, making the plot a little inconvenient to follow. I don't blame the developers, who, as a small indie group, made the game because they wanted to, and did so as best they could.

Because I was unable to properly test multiplayer, the overall rating is based on only the subtitles category.

Rating: 7/10

Subtitles/Text
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KnightShift is an indie game on a unique platform. That said, it's not subtitled or captioned. Deaf/HoH players can still read the text of what was said after by hitting F2 a few times, which cycles through the 'mission log' and flavor text/mission text.

At first I found it annoying, but I find the workaround tolerable and am happy they included it.

Rating: 7/10

Chatting/Communicating
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While KS has multiplayer capability, I did not test. Based on the keyboard options, I saw no key for chat.

Rating: N/A
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47 of 57 people (82%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
I fail to see how this game is broken, buggy or unplayable (according to other reviewers, they almost always had issues with this game). This game sure has aged a lot, but it still has the unique feel and setting that isn't present in any other game (even the Witcher, which is also heavily based on Slavic mythology).

Of course, it is very dated. Graphics may be ugly (but seriously, what do you expect from a game made in 2003?) if you compare this game to other, more modern ones. This game doesn't support any other display modes but letterbox (4:3). But since I'm not that kind of a guy who pays attention to graphics, it doesn't really bother me. The game's interface and controls are very intuitive and easy to learn, so both hardcore and "casual" (no pun intended) players can, IMO, enjoy it, provided that dated graphics won't distract them. I know I enjoy this game, and I've been a gamer since I was born. That's 19 years of experience.

It has RPG and RTS modes, but they aren't very advanced (that is not a flaw to me, though). It also has a built-in editor - the kind that is fairly easy to learn to use - which allows you to create and share custom content. The possibilities are endless. Even if you are too lazy to make your own stuff, you can still look for some fan-made content on the Internet.

This game has its' flaws, of course. It is not perfect. There are more complex RPGs and RTSs out there. There are games with prettier graphics. But since I am the kind of a guy who likes games that are simple to learn and present you with something challenging (not the gameplay, but the setting and/or story), I actually like this game.

Personal rating: 7/10.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Cute game, but only a scout click and slash rpg. Has a level editor! If you aren't big on rpg's, dnd, or click and and slash games I wouldn't recommend this. It does have the traditional Prince save the realm story with some humorous aspects. I bought it for $1.40 and welp I can't say it wasn't worth --- that.
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41 of 74 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
This is golden stream material.
Voice acting is crazy bad, visuals are buggy and glitchy, all hilarious. Essentially, if Dungeon Lords was an fantasy RTS, this would be it.
Buy it in a bundle rather than paying 6/7 bucks.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
It's OK, not great but OK.
Nice fun for every now and then once you got the hang of it (I never found a tutorial or "how to play").
Graphics a re nice and the background music isn't that bad either.

Wouldn't buy it for full price, but if you can grab a good deal at a sale and need a filler for spare time you might consider this.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Recommended? Yes, but... read on...

Review v2.0
I rewrote this, because I could not play the game until now. Before you buy, check the forum and see all those threads about launching problems. This game is picky, so be warned!

I guess you need a lot of patience to play this game. Took me about two month to get it to even pass the config tool. After about a hundred tries just out of nowhere it miraculously started to run today. When I changed the resolution it just quit and refused to run, but this time I could set it back to 800x600x32 and it actually worked again. It does not look too good, seriously, but I don't dare to mess with the config again. Everything is on best setting just the resolution is not.

I tried out the RPG mode, just chapter one. The controls are a bit weird, but I guess with a little practice I can manage. I created a priestess and made her walk around for some time. She was cute, called me darling every once in a while. :)

At one point I got butchered by three skeletons. My fault, you shall not stumble through hostile territory without caution. A bit frustrating was the fact, that the autosave had done the last save in the middle of battle so everytime I loaded it was insta death because I could not click that heal button fast enough. Sure there were two earlier saves, but honestly, you load the current one over and over again and try and try. Just this time you're going to be fast enough... well, you won't, so you give it another try... just this one.... you know what I mean. ;)

So, I can't say it is a bad game. That would not be fair. But I surely did play better ones. If you get it for a buck just give it a try, you can't do much wrong for such a price. If you are not sure watch others playing it on youtube, that's what I did. I will definately try it again, I want to play all the characters at least once. Just not today...
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
KnightShift: The Claws of ECCH
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
The game itself is teresting enough but being a title released in 2003 means it is lacking in much we've become accustomed to. For one, it seems to only work in 4:3 aspect ratio. The textures might have been "good" back in the day but are obviously dated now. The cutscene movies are also pretty dated. The spoken dialogue is remeniscent of old... wait this is an old game... so umm, the spoken dialogue represent what was about the 'norm' for 2003, though the script seems a bit hammy.

All things considered, if you are the kind that doesn't mind the old-school feel of the game, you could come to enjoy it very much however I know a lot of people won't be able to get past that aspect of the game.

I'd recommend this game only for people who like that old school feel.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Even though the game would not properly start at the first half hour and i had to commit the following 15 minutes to figure out why the game i just bought did not start, i still find this game extremly worth buying and do not find anything wrong with it, gameplay wise. Though i had a slight bother with the game actually starting in french and that people would not actually be playing it, which opened up the brilliant world of singleplayer for me. The gameplay is not at all repulsive and is not extremly repetetive, just fun. So do like Confusious and buy this sucker.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Pros :
Decent engine
Great music
Easy to pick up
Decent humor

Cons:
Terrible voice acting
Mediocre plot
Fiddly interface
Poor RPG sections

6/10
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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
I do enjoy this game, Their is a prob their is really nobody playing but other than that I RECOMMEND!
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Classic old games.
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39 of 81 people (48%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
This game is bad in almost every way a game can be bad. Stability issues, unusable options, key bindings that don't work, crashes, speed-ups and slow-downs, poorly written script, goofy voice acting, bad quests. The list goes on and on. For instance, I played for less than an hour and completed two escort quests, the worst kind of quest available anywhere. Loot is strewn across the game world at random instead of acquired logically. Enemies pose nearly no real threat at all, just click and watch the fight unfold. Very boring, very tedious, and does not run well on modern systems. Do not waste your time or money on this title. It might have been a decent game back in 2003, but it does not hold up today by any stretch of the imagination.
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