As King, it is your duty to lead your people in their struggle to raise your kingdom from its humble beginnings to a position of power and prestige. War, diplomacy and a burgeoning economy are the means by which you increase your power and expand your influence.
User reviews: Very Positive (219 reviews)
Release Date: May 10, 2005
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As King, it is your duty to lead your people in their struggle to raise your kingdom from its humble beginnings to a position of power and prestige. War, diplomacy and a burgeoning economy are the means by which you increase your power and expand your influence. A unique Knight-management system will offer you brand new possibilities to enhance your personal strategy.
  • Loyal knights blessed with special skills stand true at your side. Use them wisely in the military, the administration of your lands and in diplomacy, and then use their hard-won experience to further develop their talents as you see fit.
  • Astute development of your estates and castles both satisfies your people and secures you decided strategic advantages. A suitable infrastructure can soon promote a flourishing economy. Exotic resources and relicts are spread over the game world and will reward your complete kingdom with special amenities.
  • Lead your hand picked troops into battle and conquer enemy realms. Storm massive fortresses or lay siege to them and starve your enemies out or even poison the water. Defend your own realms against invading forces and use your tactical skills wisely.
  • Use your feel for diplomacy when concluding trade agreements or entering into military alliances. Choose husbands for your daughters wisely, consolidating your power through marriage. Be ever on the watch for assassins and spies - and do not get caught yourself.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows® 2000
    • Processor: 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® III or AMD® Athlon™ processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB video card with 1024x768 resolution
    • Hard Drive: 1.2 GB free hard disk space plus space for saved games
    • Sound: DirectX 9.x compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
KoH is an excellent medieval RTS, very underrated and unknown by many players. It was originally released in Belgium 2004 by Sunflowers and then by Paradox for North America in 2005. Developed by Black Sea Studios, (now Crytek Black Sea) they did a fantastic job on this game. However, there are some things I don't like about it, and it's merely personal preference.

Despite KoH being a great RTS, it does tend to get a little boring and repetitive after awhile. The developers could have done some extra things to spice it up more, such as more historical units, random events like disease, fires, barbarian/mongol invasion, the plague, a royal family tree, etc. I find it a little odd that knights live forever unless killed in battle or by a spy, and your Kings only die of old age or in battle or by a spy. Didn't the developers know people died of disease and other things in those days, just like we do in today's world? I'm not trying to flame, not at all, the game is great, but a little more realism would have made KoH the best RTS ever.

All in all, and despite my personal thoughts, KOH is a great game that everyone should try.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
This is a good cheap game! It is similar to a total war game in that you have a large areal view of the map and have cities to build in and upgrade and you can rucruit armies. The game has poorish graphics but it probably won't bother you. In the game you have provences with one city in each, and the cities have limitied build space and some randomized natural resorces. You can't fit every building in the cities and some buildings require the recsorces to be present in th provence to build them. You also hire agents to trade, lead armies. convert, spy, or increase build speed. You are limeted in the nember of these agents. The ones that lead armies gain experiance when they win battles and they can be upgraded when they level up. You can also go on the battlefeild to control units from an areal view, not its best feature so I just let the ai do the battles and try to outnumber the enemy or have a upgraded army with good units in it. You will find managing your country fun and there are many things to do in the game from building to fighting to diplomacy. I recomend this game and I am sure you will have fun playing it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game holds up very well and stands as a somewhat unknown classic of the era. Think Rise of Nations meets a paradox title like EU IV and you have Knights of Honor. Tons of things to build, upgrade and do all in a very large map and running at a perfect pace. Plenty of time to issue orders to units and such. Sure the graphics are of course dated but the sprites were done well and imo they hold up fine to the test of time. Don't miss this one if you like slower paced, large map RTS games.

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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Наилучшая статегия, изданная парадоксом
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Started in Cork, allied with Scotland.. Got myself a solid economy fueling my army.. Swept accross the British Isles while fighting rebels back home. Trained some spys with books, and a couple of my Marshels were themselves spies. I tourtured them and lost respect of the other nations.. Sent my main Marshel on a crusade, upon completion of crusade he choose to take the land for his own. Swept over Spain into Africa and as far east as Russia, destroyed the Papacy by accident when my son and the daughter of the "pope" claimed the land after he died. Sent my last spy on a mission, while gone my throne was infiltrated and all of my near maxed out marshels claimed lands of mine as theirs and rebeled... Still had 3 proviences left and a few marshels... My treasury which was 1k gold a cycle, dropped to -700ish, I was near 100k.. Quickley my marshels which remained loyal were trying to reclaim the lands I had "liberated".. My new marhels were left with basic units and many died in service or imprissoned. I found a few mercany camps and exploited the best units I could find and alloted them to my prince, who immediately became king,. Only to throw all his feudal knights against basic spear men in the african campaign. My spy became king losing vast random tracks of lands to other claims. Finally I regained most of my lands.. Game froze.. Had not saved in 6 hours.

This is a really good game for its time, and despite some of the clunky controls a solid experience with all its merits still. I grabbed it for a couple bucks and put in more than time than I paid for. I wish some of these features were implimented with modern Total War games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Bought it today. I've played it for 5 hours and I can assure that any strategy fan will love this old gem. It's pretty similar to Total war, but old, more complicated (less arcadish) and you really stick to it. Really nice game for 10euros! I will remake my review later when i will discover more from this game. For the time being, I really recommend this one!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Papacy take control over the whole Italy and take piece of Poland.

10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
A very funny and cool game, you can do lots of stuf to rule you´re kingdom throu Europe. You can choose almost every coutry in the game and can also become friends/enemy who ever you like. You can also control the battles you are fighting and choose positions of you´re troops. Very hard to master all things, but when you start playing you can´t quit. Lovely game.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Loved this game as a kid, and it's still good now. I bought it while it was on sale, and it was well worth it for the nostalgia factor :)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Played as medieval Denmark, Got destroyed by Norway 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
What you doing here reading this ? GO BUY IT
I can play this for eternities and won't get bored. Quite the opposite, as time passes I like the game even more.
I had this game before it became available on steam, if you look closer you can see that this game is from 2005, its 2014 near 2015 and I'm still playing it these days.
Why are you still here ? GO BUY IT
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
As a consumer I always try to avoid buying games that will not get play time. It's not fair to the game or my dollar. I bought this on sale for a very small amount and it no achievements so I was okay with it being a loss if thats what it turned out to be. This game was not a loss, it was my addiction for a week. (considering opportunity cost... it may be a loss)

This game stood out on the market place because of its Age of Empires II graphics coupled with a seemingly total war "esk" strategy dynamic. Upon reading reviews it had a zealous fanbase. (always a good sign) When this game booted up I was suprised to see that this was published by Paradox Games. That was when I knew, that I would be in for a treat.

This game's most valuable asset is the real time mechanic. Most often I avoid real time stategy like the plague because I like to take my time playing stategy games, however Knights of Honor had a real balanced approach to real time and made it a real fresh experience in my primarily stategy based game library. With a trading system much like Settlers of Catan Knights of Honor frees you to focus on the land grab and military aspects of the game. Plus, this game is not so much do or die, or do and die any way. Most games I play: Crusader Kings II, Dark Souls II, LoL, require very well planned and finesed approach to everything you do. They will stress you out after a while. This game was the first one in some time that I have not needed to instantly consult a guide or index to navigate. The game handles a lot like Sid Meiers Civiliation, its got a relaxed approach that gets only as serious as you want it to be.

Another gem within this game that must be recognized is the randomization of resources. I cannot tell you how many games are limited by having areas, characters, or strategy that is the best or OP. The randomization frees you from the burden of starter placement. It gives you a reason to expand, instead of being passive. It gives the game all the replay value and ultimately drives the game.

Honestly, this game could be charachterized as Sega's Total War + Settlers of Catan dressed up as Age of Empires II masquerading as Crusader Kings. A very powerful combo.

If this game had only received a better name and more marketing it would have been a gaming Giant.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This is my favorite strategy game for all time!
Not too compicated but sufficiently diverse gameplay!

5x*!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
pretty ♥♥♥♥in' awesome
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56 of 57 people (98%) found this review helpful
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2013
This game is a gem. Its like very lite version of Crusader Kings & Europa in real time. It has a lite amount of diplomacy,has trading,you can have vassels,be a vassel,make non agression pacts,peace treaties,alliances,declare war, pilage/plunder,start crusades with your pope,join in crusades,and a few more religious items. The default A.I. is pretty decent but I have found often their castle might not be as heavily fortified as one would make.This could be due to battle and such though. If you want a much tougher one,there are mods but I find the default AI fun enough to play with.Auto defend/attack is present be you defending a town,your castle, or when battlefields. This game has probably one of the best auto attack/defend mechanics I have seen I usually just let it auto do it.Just remember there are factors at play via your units that will determine the end result of the battle.

Multiple ways to try to be the most powerful and win the game via getting voted by 2/3 of the top 5 kindgoms. Fail to win the votes and the top 5 kingdoms will declare war on you. Interface is clean,hotkeys for quick menu access,and map icons access menus.Game has autosave which you can enable.The game has online multiplayer restricted to battlefield battles.

The game has a lot going for it with a little of column A ,B and C in it. I hghly recommend playing it with the Dusk of Glory mod which works with the default patch steam installs with. Its not a casual game but at the same time can be enjoyed as if it is one.You can play for 10-30min and get a good deal of enjoyment out of the game.Its a game that id like to see a sequel for.

Check Community Hub for each of these mods I recommend :
Dusk of Glory - Game v1.03 (default steam intalled version) I love this mod and currently use it
Elderly mod - Game v1.05 only. Information about mod
World Domination Scenario mod & Upcoming Amerika Mod -Game V1.05)

As far as the GameV1.05 info goes from what I read, V1.03 patches the game well enough for most and is bug free.However V1.05 does add additional changes making the A.I. tougher and more capable during battles,but it also introduces a few minor bugs. V1.05 also introduces a map editor.You can dl it here or anywhere just google search.

Or visit the studios Mod section . Many of the mods the links do not work,but the 4 I mentioned above are more than enough.They are not compatible with one another sadly.

Quick Technical Stuffs

It works in Vista and Windows 7 (32/64bit) even though not stated on store page and unworking demo.

It only supports 1024x768 (but you can play in windowed mode).For some the image won't look stretched at all in full screen. If your widescreen stretches 4:3 resolutions badly, you may want to go into your nVidia or ATI control panel and have your video card pre-scale it before it gets to your monitor so it will display correctly

Far More Technical Info written by CMay,click this sentence.
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101 of 125 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
119.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
The Pope called me to a crusade. I didn't want to let go of my best commander so I refused. He then declared war on me. I eventually wiped out the Papacy. I destroyed Catholisism!
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58 of 61 people (95%) found this review helpful
85.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
I absolutely love this game. Although it has definitely aged and the graphics aren't that great, it's perfect for those who love real time strategies focused on warfare. The rush of taking over multiple provinces and expanding across Europe is amazing and highly addictive. The soundtrack will keep you humming the tunes for days, it's truly perfect music for this medieval style. The game takes forever to win, so if you have time to kill then this will totally satisfy those hours. Graphics 3/10, Gameplay 8/10, Replay Value 9/10.
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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
69.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
This game... IS my most fav strategist game ever made. I have played this game at least +100hours more then my steam record sense I used to play this before I had it on steam and this is a type of game you will get back to time to time. If you don't mind that it's old and care about the gameplay, you wont regret it! I have played most strategist games there is and the best gameplay of all those is Knights of Honor.

Music/sound: 9/10 <- beautiful music that I never get sick at.
Gameplay: 9/10
Replaying: 10/10
Overall: 9/10
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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
475.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Thia game is a real old school gem. If you like grand strategy games this game will suit you well as long as you are not bothered by the 1999 graphics. From kingdom management, trade and conquest to real time battles, this game has it all. The AI is also pretty great at the hard difficulty
You can score a quick victory by collecting all resources or go for the long haul and conquer the whole map.

I have been coming back to this game for 10 years now since it was first released in Europe, and it is still not boring me. The countries you select are never the same as trade resources, buildings and enemies at the start of the game are randomly generated

Back in the day this game also had a great modding community, my favorite mod being Dusk of Glory, although there are a few other good ones as well, such as a roman themed mod, mods adding more units and buildings and simpler gameplay enhancing mods.

Conclusion: My favorite strategy game, it will keep you entranced for hours at a time. Definitely worth the money.
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39 of 40 people (98%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
one sentence: total war medival 3 :) the game is years ahead of its time... the epic scale of the map, the umatched diplomacy... so many options and who could forget about the pope and his crusaides.. like i said the game was years ahead of its time.. a gem worth every penny and more..
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