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.
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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
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
It is like an older simpler version of Europa Universalis 4, but you have Knights instead of advisors to give you bonuses or carry out your will! I wish I had found and played this amazing game earlier.

Knights of Honor is like EU4 a fairly slow paced real time game (there are buttons for speeding the game up though) where diplomacy and interpeting and manipulating the worldwide opinions and events is very important. You can make Trade, Non aggression pacts, Alliances and Royal marriages. Peace and War are of course present and can be declared however you wish, but breaking Trade/Alliance/Royal marriage carries penalties.

Spies are present and can do all sorts of shenanigans if you are so inclined and they work in a rather unique way, or you can fill your royal court with Army carrying Marshals and forget spies, merchants or any other utility Class your knights could choose and just crush your enemies, stomp out rebellions until they calm down, and intimidate your enemies with your massive armies so they will be too afraid to try to stop your quickly expanding realm while plundering everything in sight so you don't run out of food and money.

A lot of the countries you can choose to play as has unique units that you can recruit anywhere the resources are present at and the locations of provinces determines what other local units might be around for recruitment, Vikings for example are available as special local units for hire in Scandinavian provinces.

Combat is handled either personally or by the AI, heading in yourself can be preferable if the armies are about equal in strength and you want to ensure victory by say sacrificing your cavalry to rush and kill the enemy marshal, ending the battle unless a reinforcing marshal is present for them. While fun, you can generally trust the AI to handle battles where you outnumber and/or outclass the enemy, except when terrain or castles or such are about to mess things up.

In addition to your knights you have your royal family that you should take good care of, marrying off your women to secure peace and making damn sure you have male heirs so succession is not a problem.

Finally there are multiple ways to win, so far I have only managed to get the Kingdom Advantages win, which is gathering all the trade goods and acquiring all Kingdom Advantages which are bonuses to various areas of your Kingdom obviously. There also Click Here to Claim victory buttons where you demand others to recognize your greatness and undisputed rule, and independant somewhat irregular meetings to determine a Supreme Ruler.

Gonna try to conquer Europe as the Golden Horde next with hordes of horse archers. And after that play as a muslim country and cover the world with Camels.
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103 of 111 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
145.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
It doesn't seem we will ever see a sequel, which is a shame considering how advanced this game was for its time. Even by today's standards it is a very enjoyable grand-strategy title and features some of the best diplomacy in the genre. Sending a spy to infilitrate an opposing faction and watching him seize their lands for you, only to find out he has claimed the lands for himself and has usurped you, is just a taste of the possibilities the campaign gives you. Highly recommended and I would love to see features from this game introduced and evolved in future TW titles.
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250 of 316 people (79%) found this review helpful
333 people found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
Played as Teutonic Order. Sent spy to Byzantium. Educated spy to the max level. Spy became Byzantine Emperor. Ordered him to give me the crown. Got whole Byzantium for myself.


Would be the most hated ruler for doing that again.
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74 of 78 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
Honestly this game is a lot better than I initially thought.
What first was a 2 dollar steam sale purchase I thought i'd spend 1-2 hours with has now become one of my most beloved rts games so far. If you like the total war series or crusader kings and are looking for a fine mixture of managing and actually controlling armies and empires this is the right game for you.
-It offers 3 (dark , middle and late medieval age) periods and a huge map (Extended map of europe) letting you play as almost all nations that were present at that time.
-New factions can emerge when certain provinces are captured (uniting england , ireland and such)
-It offers a interesting kingdom power system that encourages you to act with honor. Breaking agreements and treaties will result in a loss of reputation, leading to civil unrest.
-Royal families, their offspring and marriages can be managed as well as knights you can employ in different positions such as generals , spies , priests and merchants.
-Battles can be fought automatically or you can take direct control yourself
-Still has working multiplayer support due to direct connections via lan or tcp/ip
-Game can be quite difficult if you want it to be but the learning curve isnt so bad. It didnt take me long in order to do well and build a small empire.

-The units are a bit hard to get into formation when directly leading your battles and it has some minor flaws. Its not bad but dont expect it to live up to total war battles.
-The steam version is not updated to patch 1.05 , its 1.03 instead so manual patching is required.
-Widescreens and windows 8 arent properly supported but there are some people that have been able to get it to work. I do recommend to check the forums on that.
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167 of 218 people (77%) found this review helpful
224 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
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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62 of 65 people (95%) 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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60 of 64 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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160 of 217 people (74%) found this review helpful
436 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Those silly Byzantines...
Those silly English...
Those silly French...

They said... Ireland would never take England... They were wrong.

They said... Ireland would never take Western Europe... They were wrong.

They said... Africa could not be tamed... They were Wrong...

I kept the tradition of conquest... Like my Father did... We took Europe, and made it our own...

Because... We need more land to grow potatoes! :D

Now who wants some?
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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
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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94 of 123 people (76%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015

This game is awesome.

This game, now on sale for $2 because of the Paradox sale, is worth at least 100. I'm not kidding.

There are games made nowadays that are only half as good as this thing.

This has...political city development...simple yet effective society running...FULL RTS BATTLES and GOOD autoresolve...

This is THE Medieval Strategy game.

I'm sorry Paradox, but Black Sea Studios really should have made at least 5 more of these.

I think I was supremely wrong when I thought isometric RTS's were dead.

This is better than:

Age of Empires 1/2/3
Stronghold 1/Crusader/2/3/Legends/Crusader 2
Crusader Kings II
Europa Universalis III/IV
Medieval Total War 1/2

I thought Dragon Commander was a great game, utterly perfect.



Etc. Etc. Etc.


This is the Skyrim of Medieval RTS's.
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42.5 hrs
Posted: October 10
Played this game before it was on steam and really liked it, and even now I still find a lot new things about how game works, game mechanics it has a lot more than it looks at first, for example i've heard that some play only with marshals (to fight and conquer) and merchants (to get money) sure that could be some kind of a challenge, in some way, to limit with who to play but you don't fully use game resources and in some way boring, if you use spy and cleric it get's more interesting esspecially when you set a royal wedding marring out your princess to some other older king and using spy that combination can help to get rid of the king and if he doesn't have heir then you can get all the land of that nation.
It has nice music too. If you like Strategy games with building, land control, army control, economics and politics then this game might be for you!
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33.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
This game has completely lied about the time I supposedly played. Not even 3 hours, much less 33.
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26.9 hrs
Posted: September 19
Very good strategy game. I love it especially for the diverse possibilities of the spies.
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Doc Holliday
25.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
One of my all time favourite games. I find myslef returning to it all the time. (I have a lot more hours on the none Steam version.) How to describe this game? It feels like a mix between Europa Universalis/Crusader Kings (The world map aspect of it.) and Age of Empire (The battles). The game is esay to get into, there are a few tricks to master here and there, but it is easy to pick up. For this price it is an amzing title.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
10/10 Allahuakbar !
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3.3 hrs
Posted: September 7
Ah, this is one of those few games that I wish I could've played when it first came out. I tried to play it now, but all I do is compare the game mechanics with other older games that did it better. If only I could've played this game at release, I would've had a blast, but by now it's outdated. If you can't approach this game with nostalgia, then stay away.
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Lord Bulla VI
5.3 hrs
Posted: September 6
Very good. If you want a game with excelent graphics, this is not the game you search. But if you pursue fun, you came to the right place! With a little bit of nostalgia, Knights of Honor will provide this. Its graphics are like Age of Empires II or Stronghold, and the management of economy, politics and military is like Medieval Total War or Crusader Kings/Europa Univesalis, and there are a lot of factions, units and buildings. Be careful! You will not see the hours passing.

10/10, I will defeat the English with Ireland again.
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33.7 hrs
Posted: September 4
If you have a laptop and you do not have a Pause-Break key then you cannot play this game.
You will see many workaraounds for different laptops but not all of them work - Like for me on a 17 XPS.
Great game but unplayable without an extra keyboard - please! are you going to carry an extra keyboard just to play this game?
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[K.K] sjizol
115.3 hrs
Posted: September 4
it's a great game and a alltime favorite for me. i still come back for this game once in a while and play a bit.
if you like litels like rome total war you will certainly love this one.
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