Seven Kingdoms 2 is an award-winning classic real-time strategy game of intrigue and diplomacy, of trade and industry, of betrayal, espionage and conquest. Take control of any of twelve emerging Human civilizations: Egyptian, Indian, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Mongol, Greek, Roman, Carthaginian, Norman, Viking or Celt.
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Release Date: Feb 4, 2015

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“Trevor Chan has created a perfectly balanced conquest and combat game that deserves the widest possible audience, and has all the depth that Age of Empires lacked. Seven Kingdoms II is without question one of the finest strategy games on the market, largely because the world it creates has realistic dynamics and complexity never overwhelms, but adds a richness found far too rarely in strategy games.”
9.1 rating - Gamespot – http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/seven-kingdoms-ii-review/1900-2532952/

“Seven Kingdoms II is a highly-enjoyable and highly-detailed strategy game with seemingly limitless options and avenues for replayability. If you were one of the folks who missed out on its predecessor because you already dumped your cash on other RTS games or perhaps felt the genre was over-saturated, be sure to consider this sequel for an entertaining and deeply challenging gaming experience.”
8.6 rating - IGN – http://www.ign.com/articles/1999/11/17/seven-kingdoms-ii-the-fryhtan-wars

“Seven Kingdoms II is a deep, rich, incredibly satisfying game that blends myriad gameplay elements with a near-perfect balance ...... Seven Kingdoms II makes it work smoothly and creates one of the most addictive strategy games of the season.”
90% rating – PC Gamer

About This Game

Seven Kingdoms 2 is an award-winning classic real-time strategy game of intrigue and diplomacy, of trade and industry, of betrayal, espionage and conquest.
Take control of any of twelve emerging Human civilizations: Egyptian, Indian, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Mongol, Greek, Roman, Carthaginian, Norman, Viking or Celt.

Feature List
  • Unique gameplay that is not just about gathering resources, amassing a big army and attacking enemies.
  • An incredible blend of city management, trade, industry, espionage, diplomacy and conquest.
  • You can either fight or buy your way to victory.
  • Unique gameplay that is not just about gathering resources, amassing a big army and attacking enemies.
  • An incredible blend of city management, trade, industry, espionage, diplomacy and conquest.
  • You can either fight or buy your way to victory.
  • Play as Humans or Fryhtans
  • 12 Ancient Human Kingdoms, including Egyptian, Indian, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Mongol, Greek, Roman, Carthaginian, Norman, Viking or Celt.
  • 7 Fearful Fryhtan Species and their Special Units & Powers
  • 12 Powerful Gods and Goddesses
  • Heroes to hire for each of the 12 human civilizations
  • Build Industries & Trading Routes
  • Intriguing espionage actions, including agitation, counter-spy, information theft, bribing, assassination, technology theft, and camouflage.
  • Conduct Subtle Diplomacy or Flagrantly Break Treaties
  • A Random Campaign Generator with role playing elements.

New Features of the HD version:

  • HD support – Support screen resolutions up to 1920x1080.
  • Large map mode which is 4 times as large as the original map, opening up new strategy possibilites.
  • 14 high quality music tracks
  • Improved gameplay balance
  • Enhanced shortcut key support

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz CPU or above
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
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Overall:
Very Positive (122 reviews)
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SzalonyKurczak
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
It's good RTS. I played it when I was kid.
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Bombr
( 29.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
It is really great game. I recommend it.
This game is fun, espionage, politicks and unlike 1st game, it allows you to play for monsters. :)

Game is not that complicated and has simple mechanics, just manage your kingdom. Trying to balance your budget, managing food so your subjects dont starve to death and diplomacy, so your neibours and monsters will not crush you. It does not seem as much, but it is suprisingly entertaining.

However, there are few things, which always bothered me about this game.

1st are gods, flying around with different powers, some completly useless, some extremly powerfull. For example, Carthaginian god can create earthquake, significantly damaging half of your kingdom and there is nothing, you can do or Indian god, just throwing few tornados at your cities. Unlike gods with direct attack, gods with indirect attack, are not considired declaration of war.

2nd thing is late game. When most kingdoms (usualy excluding Egyptians and monsters) run out of population for armies and research siege equipment. At that moment war machinery spaming starts and big battles are replaced with small skirmishes and spitfires burning everything in their path.

Since lately many strategy games are just stupid clones of 20 years old games and lately a lot of strategy games are either 20 hours building games or fast wish to be new e-sport fast ♥♥♥♥.
This game is nice middle and even with those few problems, you should try it.
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jsnw79
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Every game started pulls to the bottom of the map. unplayable
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neldot
( 29.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
The HD edition of this classic game is just beautiful. This RTS of the '90 era is not well known, but it deserves to be in the hall of fame of the best RTS of all the times.
At €.10 is probably a bit pricey for a vintage game, but indeed the money is well spent.

PROS:
- dynamic campaign with the best units carried in the next scenarios
- scenario editor
- espionage, advanced weapons
- simplified but working economy
- every soldier can be trained and equipped with powerful objects
- if your king dies, you can pick a new king between yout generals
- a lot of different strategies to win

CONS:
- There is no water (nor ships) in the maps
- large units formations are difficult to manage (the battles are a complete carnage)
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Zulnam
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
If you played SK2 before and know what's it about: get it! The HD graphics are great and they added a new extra-large map mode, which also brings a nice touch to an old formula.

If you never played SK2 before: SK2HD is basically one of the very few strategy games that mixes politics heavily into the fray of warfare. This is a game in which diplomacy counts as much as troop movement. I fully recommend playing with the whole map visible and no fog of war, since this makes the game EXTREMELY enjoyable to follow, witnessing AI battles unfold.

You have only 2 types of unit per kingdom + your god. Basic units can be created from the get-go and fill forts, in which they train under potent commanders. After x Combat points they unlock a special attack (usually a range attack or a more powerful melee attack). This system will make your most potent soldiers constantly follow your king as he changes forts, as bodyguards, while the ones with the most Leadership take the role of generals and train the "greens".

And you will need your king. Since, if he dies, town morale and troop loyalty will plummet, leaving you vulnerable to espionage actions by your opponents. Towns can be convinced to revolt, forts and armies can be convinced to change sides. Diplomacy is the name of the game. You will have to carefully select your friends and allies and join wars with caution. A war will weaken your kingdom and make it vulnerable to new attacks, and the point of the game is to always be strong for the end phase (which is fairly easy in singleplayer, after you read a guide; yes it's that kind of game).

Yes, espionage is a potent tool in this game. You can sabotage production, stir an uprising, bribe soldiers/generals to join your side (as spies themselves), capture forts and even hand over the entire kingdom to your side (if, by some miracle, the other king dies and one of your spies is selected as king. There might remain some strangling loyalists, but these forces will soon fall ahead of your might.

The two resources (food and money) are managed through economy and agriculture. For economy you need to create markets connected to factories connected to mines. For agriculture, you need a village that has as many free people as possible; not as easy as it seems, since many buildings require manpower, which is subtracted from the village work force.


Mercenaries are also a vital part of the game. Units and spies can be bought and make for an excellent solution, especially when you have to hold an advancing force while your main army reaches the battle (pro-tip: builds LOTS of inns ob your town outskirts and have a fort full of mercs early on)

Like real politics, the most difficult part of the game is deciding when to join a war and on who's side. Jumping in to soon might weaken your kingdom and turn you into prey for whoever will end up victorious. Jumping too late, however, might see you facing a kingdom that is spread over the entire map and who's army outnumbers yours 10 to 1.

There's also monsters in the game. They can't do diplomacy (even if they want to), which makes them far less fun but more of a challenge.
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Numenor
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
I can't tell you how much I love this game... I have been playing this game since I was 6 years old. I have been playing this game for 18 years... and I still love it and play it.

I probably have easily 5,000 hours on this game if not more.

This game is probably one of the best RTS games of all time. It has a lot more variety of features, things to do, and play styles than most other RTS games out there. All the meanwhile maintain an easy to learn streamline approach to the game.

This is basically the RTS version of Civilization, except its way more fun.
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Baccuss
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
even in 2016 this game is still fun, has somthing for everybody.
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-=DCUS=-Punisher
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
I'm sure there is someone out there that may like this game but it isn't me. It was my understanding that this game would be more like Age of Empires with more options. You can't even change graphic settings for the game. The music is some kind of cheap midi, the graphics and audio is horrible. If the only thing you have ever owned in your life is an 1980's Atari then you may enjoy this...
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ryfel
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Originally had this game on CD, was excited to see this on here so I bought it right away. Don't get me wrong, the original game is amazing and a great time waster, however this "HD" version has a game-breaking "input lag" where even a slight movement of the mouse causes awful game lag. This has been a common issue as I've seen a lot of other complaints of this online, however the developers haven't even tried to help. They suggested some random solution that someone had posted on their forum that didn't work for most people, and aside from that one half-baked attempt, there has been no support from them. I emailed them asking for some sort of help or suggestion multiple times eager to play this awesome game but never once got a response, and now of course it is too late for a refund. Don't give them your money, go online and find a hard copy on CD. While you will have to settle for 1024x768 resolution, at least you will actually be able to play.
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MarceloMoura10
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
Best of its kind! A classic!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
It's good RTS. I played it when I was kid.
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111 of 120 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
My Review Link: http://ellivr.github.io/Seven-Kingdoms-2-HD-Review/

First I want to say no, this game is very different than AoE series, Starcraft series, Rise of Nations, this game has different "vibes" than those and is both unique on its own way.

This game brings back memories. I used to play this game alot when I was high school back then, along with my father. I played both 7k1 and 7k2, 7k2 offers more features, more civilizations to play, as well as it allows you to play as the Frythans, which you cant do on first series. If I remember the only thing that 7k2 missing from original 7k1 is, there's no naval aspect on the game, no sea at all.

There's two main species that you can play: Human or Frythans (Monsters). Each have different playstyle. As human you need to watch for mineral resources, village loyalty, and stuffs. Human has 12 civilizations, each of them have their own unique soldiers, and their own deities which you can summon them. But as Frythans, you have to massacre humans for Life Points, you don't need to care about minerals (Unless you are minotauros), no village loyalty they pay tributes to you as long as you set up lair to control the village. There are 7 kinds of Frythans, and again each of them has their own unique units, their own unique structures. You can mix all of these by having a unit that different from yours, surrender to you,, you can have access to theirs tech tree.

And yes, this game has high replayability value.
The only thing that I hate is, no option for windowed mode.

My review is short and might have missed some part, if you are interested in this game I suggest you to watch the gameplay video on youtube. Thanks for reading, hope it helps with your purchase.

EDIT: They have released patches to support windowed mode =b
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89 of 108 people (82%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
I like the music, this game is still challenging. Some of my friends have played the first part of Seven Kingdoms years before. Sure, the graphic can`t be compared to latest high end games. But all other is finest art. For me, this game is a diamond in this genre. This rts ( indie strategic simulation ) part is one of the best games i`ve ever played before.
short review: ( positive criterion ( + ) maximum 5 ) - single and multiplayer - no achievements - finally in HD
music: +++++ (5/5)
graphic: average (3/5)
gameplay: +++++ (5/5)
tutorial: ++++ (4/5)


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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
The production values are a bit dated, but don't let that fool you. There hasn't been an RTS like this since 1999. It's been praised as sort of a "Thinking Man's Age of Empires," and that is a fair description. Instead of mining for resources, you must tax your citizens and trade at markets. Instead of creating units at barracks, you must draft those same citizens at forts and place them under a capable general to train. Slipping a few spies into enemy ranks can turn the tide later on - imagine your enemy's face when his most trusted general defects to your side with half his men! And of course there is always the war against the Frythans - spend too much time fighting your human enemies and you'll both be sorry when a horde of monsters comes charging in...

Or you can just play as the Frythans and build an army of gorrillas.

My only criticisms are that at the maximum resoltion the game seriously hurts my eyes. Maybe it's my moniter or my settings. Either way, it plays just fine for me at lower resolutions. Sound and visuals are a bit dated and some of the sound effects in particular are very generic.

Despite all that, it's a worthy addition to anyone's library. It puts the "Strategy" in Real Time Strategy again and makes you think, scheme, plan, and negotiate your way to victory instead of spamming units or racing to the end of some tech-tree. Check out the other reviews, and you can see that the game definately has some staying power despite its age.
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86 of 114 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
98.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
It is the only strategy game that has second-to-none strategy features and not being complicated same time. Military, espionage, technology, civ,lizations, fryhtans , lots of different play styles.

non-RTS players can easily be addicted to this RTS game.
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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
Training an elite group of spies to send to all the enemy's encampments and timing a simultaneous mass assassination of all their generals right before you declare was is one of the most satisfying moments in the entire RTS genre. Never loses its appeal.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Seven Kingdoms 2 is my favourite RTS game ever and this HD version added some much-needed higher resolutions.

7K2 originally came out in 1999. When compared to the major RTS game of the time, the Age Of Empires franchise has better quality graphics and more detailed combat with the sheer number of unit types and combat options at your disposal (however in 7K2, you can control multiple nationalities at once, allowing you to use their unit types for war and opening up more combat possibilities)

Both franchises are great, but if you want a game that is more about empire building, with amazing diplomacy, strategy, espionage and economy management on a national scale; look no further than 7K2.

For those interested and want to know how it compares to Age Of Empires, here's what you have in Seven Kingdoms 2:

- DETAILED LOYALTY SYSTEM: Rule your kingdom by fair means or foul. Each person/unit in your kingdom has a loyalty value that's affected by your decisions. For example, if you're an evil ruler, be prepared to control towns that may want to rebel or soldiers who try to defect to another kingdom
- MEANINGFUL AND INTRICATE DIPLOMACY OPTIONS
- EXPANSION: SK2 includes towns that are independent of other nations. Expand your kingdom by taking over these towns through gaining their trust or by tyranny.
- MULTICULTURAL RULE: Control more than one race at a time by taking over independent towns of other nationalities.
- PLAYABLE MONSTER RACES (called Frythans) that greatly diversify strategy and gameplay
- DETAILED ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT: mine, manufacture and distribute 3 types of resources, establish trade routes between towns and nations, establish a tax system for your towns
- EXCELLENT ESPIONAGE SYSTEMS (agitate, assassinate, counter-spy, create an incident between two nations, steal technologies and bribing)
- RPG ELEMENTS: Each unit (soldier or civilian) has their own name, as well as combat, leadership and loyalty stats that can be improved with more experience
- HEROS: rule with legends such as Genghis Khan, Hannibal Barca or Alexander The Great
- A randomly generated campaign storyline that is different each time you play it (although it's somewhat glitchy at times...)

This HD version is essentially the same game with some higher resolution settings and some patches to gameplay.

I've seen on forums that some people have had problems running the game, thankfully I haven't had any of these issues.

Add me if you're interested in multiplayer. Let's get some games going!
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
I'ma go Fanboi real quick. This game is phenomenal, like one of the original 4X games with armies waging over giant maps. Who would've thought ancient civilizations and monsters fit together so nicely? Still has espionage, diplomacy and military features that modern games don't have. I Freaking adore this game and you will too.

Now get out there and murder some Frythans. Fanboism done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGV_Bvdi9Qc
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
This game does so much right, it's an amazing rts with rpg elements. No other game makes you really feel like you're running a kingdom more than SK2 does. One of the best games of of all time for my money.

This was the first PC game I ever played, and I still have the original disk from 1999. I first played it at a friends house, and left thinking it was the best game ever. For a good 11 years, this was my favorite game of all time until I discovered Company of Heroes. My dad and I used to fight over who got to use the good pc just to play this. It taught me to wake up early on my own, up at 4 am = no dad on the pc. Ironically, that later served me great working in coffee shops.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2015
Step 1: Build your economy
Step 2: Hire the best spies you can
Step 3: bribe the generals of every other faction
Step 4: enjoy your newly amassed army
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