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User reviews: Positive (21 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 6, 2001
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Includes 3 items: Kohan II: Kings of War, Kohan: Ahriman's Gift, Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns

 

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Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, awarded “Strategy Game of the Year” by Computer Gaming World, is a real-time strategy game set in the fantasy world of Khaldun. Built on the award-winning Kohan:Immortal Sovereigns gameplay, Ahriman’s Gift is the stand-alone prequel to Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns. Experience the world of Khaldun from a whole new perspective: evil. Lead armies of Shadowbeasts and Undead as you ravage the countryside, driving all enemies before you. Ahriman’s Gift not only provides new campaigns and improved artificial intelligence, but also introduces dozens of new heroes and units to control.

Key features:

  • Two new political factions and two new independent races.
  • A single player campaign mission
  • 5 campaigns to explore and conquer and an additional 40 custom designed maps, including several official Tournament maps.
  • Robust multiplayer support for up to 8 players.
  • Random map generator and map editors to custom make your own Deathmatch, Scenario, and Campaign maps.
  • Over 90 beautifully detailed units and over 70 different heroes.
  • Over 100 spells and over 75 technologies that will enhance your strategy.
  • 30 different AI players challenge you with various styles of play.
  • Seven different game types (including Bloodbath and King of the Hill).

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 9x/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium II (or equivalent) 233MHz
    • Memory: 64MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0b
    • DirectX®: DirectX 7.0 Compatible Video Card with 4 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 150MB
    • Sound: Direct sound Compatible Card
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Great game, used to play this back in 2001-ish; glad to see it return on Steam :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I just love this game. I've never actually written anything on a game before. This game makes me want to do so.
It's cheap and amazing. The fact that the graphics are a little old doesn't deter me at all.
Do I wish they were better? Yes.
Is it far less important than the amazing game play? Yes.

LAN games of this make me very happy.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
If you're a fan of RTS games this one is a doozy. It is a nice break from the regular population limit and generating resources model and instead you create companies and use cities to generate + or - levels of a resource. Companies and outposts cost resource levels and if you go negative you lose gold over time. With the addition of heroes and leveling and varied units it's certainly worth your time.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2013
Best RTS of all time.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
KAG is my favorite RTS. I've been playing it since it came out in 2001 and only recently downloaded the Steam version to connect with friends who had lost their CDs (I have one signed by the devs... I know, I'm a KAG geek).

It has some of the most dynamic AI and gameplay of its day, and games never feel old to me no matter how many times I play them. I really enjoy the company dynamics, the presence of techs, and the way you can create your own units, maps, and AIs to customize the game to your taste (look up KMod if you're interested). In fact, my partner and I have created 7 epic campaigns that we play all the time, each featuring different Kohan and types of challenges. Tinkering with AIs is also great fun (look for The Awakening fan site to download tons).

Anyway, I recommend KAG if you like retro games and want to try something different. Have fun!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
Great time sink, An old game that plays great and still gets me happy inside....but the AI cheats BRUTALLY.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
A game that was released back in 2001, yet still has people going back to play (in fact, there is still a small but active MP community which still plays this game!)
That alone says how good of an RTS it is.

In fact, it amazes me that no RTS has been released since that combines what Kohan does (although the Dawn of War series comes close, it was a lot more about micromanaging battes and how fast you can click to activate special abilities).

Key concepts:
- city management, and the cities generate all your resources
- company based combat structure, where companies can heal back to full health over time (as long as even 1 unit survives and returns to your bases).
- companies and heroes both level up and become more powerful and stronger
- once units enter combat, you not longer have control of the unit (barring retreat and rout). This severely reduces the effect of "microing" (clicking like a madman). It also makes battle tactics like flanking to kill enemy support units much deadlier.

If there's one con to this game, it's that it has a default resolution and doesn't support widescreen (stretches out the images, making them look ugly).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
GOG
Good Old Game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2012
Play it!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
An amazing unrecognized innovation in the rts/grand strategy genre. Part of a golden age of the last generation of pc strategy games when the 2d formula had been refined refined and innovation was the order of the day. For some unfortunate reason these wonderful games had mixed results in the next generation, think Stronghold, Empire Earth, Kohan 2, etc.

Simplified but good resource and city management, very refined squad level controls with a fully functional experience, moral, and terrain system. Enough rpg elements to make things customizable but not too involved or important to distract you from the larger strategic picture. Wonderful classic pc fantasy style graphics. One of the features that still impresses me about this game today is that you can play on huge maps with tons of other players on a robust random map generator, this makes almost every game feel unique. Lots of factions and ways to play the game, if you are enjoy strategy games at all, pick this one up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
969.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2013
What is it about this game that makes it so good? The random maps? The squad-based controls? The RPG elements? The city-building component? Micromanagement that's fun and not overwhelming? Good co-op play?

I'm not sure. But I can't get enough of it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
91.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2013
Good add-on. But, sadly, not much of new sprites for units...
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
I wanted to play an old classic but this is not what it seems. I simply cannot get the game to work on my monitor. The resolution requriments are so off-the wall that I can no longer run the game anywhere above 3 frames per second. It's unplayable for me. Be careful if you are looking to buy this game on anything at or above windows 7. This game is best played on windows xp or an older operating system. Now I am sad.
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37.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2012
I play it on hard and fights are almost nonstop, there is no time to rest.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2012
Brilliant RTS with innovative strategy rules.
If you want fast combat, this isn't it. This is the thinking man's RTS.
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208.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2011
A truly great RTS game with a macro-scale focus.

Units are grouped into companies which must be carefully crafted, can be lead by a hero, and will stay with you throughout the game, gaining experience and so forth. Smart design calls such as stationary units gain a defensive advantage if they stay in the same spot over a long period of time, as well as the retreat/rout/morale system and zone of control means that positioning is very important in Kohan. Additionally, terrain plays a huge role, as different terrains have very large effects on combat and movement, and natural chokepoints are crucial to hold for similar reasons.

Cities are condensed into single buildings, which house a number of 'component slots' that are filled by buildings, and again the design forces careful economic planning, for instance focusing on gold income for the long-run or pumping out valuable resources such as iron to fuel a war effort. Resources in the game are not cumulative besides gold-- meaning that you are rarely encouraged to sit back and do nothing in the game.

The game also comes with several large campaigns, a random map generator, a custom scenario editor, fairly competent AI (with the ability to make your own / download them online), and extensive modding tools. There are a huge number of heroes, secret technologies and monsters to keep the game fresh game after game after game.

Besides this glowing review, I would point out two flaws:

1. A faltering online community. The game is old, and few people play anymore.

2. The game is somewhat unbalanced. While the game is usually tight, there are a few degenerate situations, and on very large maps the game is very unbalanced. However, you can play on very small maps to fix that, and much of the game imbalance can be addressed via modding; personally, I advise a mod which increases the gold penalties for going negative with your resources, as well as making resources scarcer.

Still, it is a game worth playing, and better than its successor. I hope we see a worthy sequel someday.
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13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
One of the best rts out there . Ahriman's gift is a upgraded ( map size and a few units ) Immortal Sovereigns.
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18.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The best RTS of all tim
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