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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Very Positive (465 reviews) - 92% of the 465 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Very Positive (465 reviews)
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Vayze
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I can't believe how good this game is, and that I've never heard of it.

I was so surprised I decided to write my first review ever on steam for this title, if that tells you anything.

It's like a mix between Age of Empires 2, Medieval 2 Total War, and Crusader Kings!

Throughout playing I keep noticing features in this game that have been reused in many modern strategy games.

Graphics are dated obviously but the art style is actually clean and very well done!

I'd say the main drawback is that it does have a pretty steep learning curve, and takes quite a bit of trial and error to get a hang of all the game mechanics, but it's totally worth it.

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tieio
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
I can sort of understand why this gets good reviews, but to me it comes down to comparing it to similar titles in this genre and this game simply does not stack up. I am happy I got this game really cheap or I might have been upset. It is an okay game and I am sure players will have fun with it. I just won't be putting in the hours to beat it when I feel like there are far superior games to sink my hours into.
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Badcat118
( 93.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
ive played this now for 84 hours on steam and a few hundred off steam this is and always will be the best game ive ever played in terms of music and strat. this is a real classic for people who like RTS games. the best way i can describe this game is. This game is like total war on a smaller scale and a more arcade like game. considering this game was made years ago it doesnt look to bad in terms of graphics and art. in this game there are 3 game modes play on europe a campaign game where the main objective is conquer europe in the medieval ages. quick battle where you are given an army of random units and you battle them be it an open battle or defending or laying seige to a castle. then there is multiplayer where you choose the battle field your army and you battle this doesnt really work as no one is playing multiplayer :(. for all my hours on this game i cant find any faults granted im not a game critique like worth a buy but i still look and cant find any. since this game was made ages ago and really is a very good game im surprised there hasent been another one. so for £7 this really is worth the money and if you dont like it you can refund it so why not give it a go.
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stk
( 51.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
I played this game for like over 1000 hours at least when I was a kid.

I killed the Catholic Pope for countless time, then burned down the Catholic Church.
I restored the Roman Empire.
I built the Kingdom of Prussia.
I built the Austro-Hungarian empire.
I built the lesser German Empire.
I built Hansetic League.
Muahahahah
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phelpsuckballs
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
A hidden treasure for sure. I never heard of this game before. Until I ran across it here on steam.

The game is older and the graphics are not going to pretty enough for certain types of people. The game definitly is unique. It's a more strategy oriented RTS with limited armies and supplies. The game is still very playable and entertaining. The value of the game is definitly worth it. I would say it is a very refreshing game compared to new games coming out. The game is based upon towns and their provinces. Some are of greater value than others and some are just rare. This makes for a great strategy themed game.

The downside of the game. Its a pure vanilla game with no additional add ons or expansions. The game concept is great. It is a shame that no sequals were created or even an expansion. The game is lacking in variety of units. But that said, the game is still very fun. This is one of those great games that fell to the side and was never finished being polished to its full glory.

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EldritchKnight
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I played this game when my graphics card blew up so I couldn't run any other games... but god damn this game is such a gem.
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Admiral Bombur132
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
[Based to a true story of my first time playing this game]

-I was playing as Germany.
-I rallied up my 4 Marshals to conquer the Swiss Confederation.
-I ate some lunch
-After 30 minutes, I find that all my marshals died in Switzerland
-Ragequits
-Plays as Switzerland
-Fills my one marshal with swordsmen
-Lombardy asks for me to join war against Hungary and Poland.
-Accepts
-6 different Hungarian and Polish marshals suddenly appear and besiege Helvetia
-Deja vu, my one marshal wrecks the entire enemy army marching to Lombardy.
-More than deja vu, I ask Hungary to become my vassal
-He accepts
-I ask Poland for the rest of their treasury
-He accepts

10/10 would wreck half continent with Switzerland again.
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mad25max
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Feel so nostalgic. Awesome game for people who like medieval strategies.
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=5H= Death
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
We live in a world where a new Call of Duty comes out every year, but this game stands alone. Doesn't seem very fair.
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Sharky
( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Simple and addictive classic!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
93.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
ive played this now for 84 hours on steam and a few hundred off steam this is and always will be the best game ive ever played in terms of music and strat. this is a real classic for people who like RTS games. the best way i can describe this game is. This game is like total war on a smaller scale and a more arcade like game. considering this game was made years ago it doesnt look to bad in terms of graphics and art. in this game there are 3 game modes play on europe a campaign game where the main objective is conquer europe in the medieval ages. quick battle where you are given an army of random units and you battle them be it an open battle or defending or laying seige to a castle. then there is multiplayer where you choose the battle field your army and you battle this doesnt really work as no one is playing multiplayer :(. for all my hours on this game i cant find any faults granted im not a game critique like worth a buy but i still look and cant find any. since this game was made ages ago and really is a very good game im surprised there hasent been another one. so for £7 this really is worth the money and if you dont like it you can refund it so why not give it a go.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
I can sort of understand why this gets good reviews, but to me it comes down to comparing it to similar titles in this genre and this game simply does not stack up. I am happy I got this game really cheap or I might have been upset. It is an okay game and I am sure players will have fun with it. I just won't be putting in the hours to beat it when I feel like there are far superior games to sink my hours into.
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348 of 419 people (83%) found this review helpful
276 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

10/10

Would be the most hated ruler for doing that again.
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281 of 338 people (83%) found this review helpful
352 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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224 of 266 people (84%) found this review helpful
174 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

BEST GAME EVER!
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99 of 106 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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68 of 71 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.
Pros:
-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.

Cons:
-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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109 of 135 people (81%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
Wow.

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 intrigue...diplomacy...trade...real 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
etc.

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

A+++

100/10

Etc. Etc. Etc.

WHY HASN'T A SEQUEL BEEN MADE???

This is the Skyrim of Medieval RTS's.
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58 of 60 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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58 of 61 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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