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Positive (27 reviews) - 88% of the 27 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 6, 2001

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Includes 3 items: Kohan II: Kings of War, Kohan: Ahriman's Gift, Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns

 

About This Game

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
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Overall:
Positive (27 reviews)
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Hayken8934
( 116.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Kohan was one of the best online strategy games I had played with a great group of players who enjoyed each others company. I was part of a clan called HC, not the biggest but we had a great time giving the veteran players a run for their money ^.^. Still play it from time to time so anyone who does and remembers the HC clan feel free to add me on steam
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Epistemophiliac
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Amazing old game - but defacto near impossible to play anymore... If you have Windows 10 and run it in compatibility mode, single player seems somewhat stable - but multiplayer is toast (not just GameSpy but even direct connect).

Bottom line - if you have an older PC and just want to play solo - give the game a shot on sale - well worth it, I have probably hundreds of hours on this game before it even made it to Steam. If you want to play Multiplayer or have Windows 10 - it's probably better to find an old Command & Conqueor.
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lesslucid
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
I recommend this with a proviso. It was a great game when it came out Lo These Many Years Ago, and it's still a great game and a wonderful piece of design. There also isn't really a modern equivalent which does the same things. However, on Win8 (and possibly other moderns OSs) it's quite glitchy and suffers from strange slowdowns which make it, if not unplayable, rather less fun than it could be. So, modern buyers beware.
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Oxrock
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9, 2015
The best RTS of all tim
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ubermenchen
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25, 2015
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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Telarian
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8, 2015
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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Vitesse
( 23.7 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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Hundred-Man Guts
( 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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Kalis
( 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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Cthulhu
( 1.0 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2013
Best RTS of all time.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.3 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
I recommend this with a proviso. It was a great game when it came out Lo These Many Years Ago, and it's still a great game and a wonderful piece of design. There also isn't really a modern equivalent which does the same things. However, on Win8 (and possibly other moderns OSs) it's quite glitchy and suffers from strange slowdowns which make it, if not unplayable, rather less fun than it could be. So, modern buyers beware.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
106.5 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
GOG
Good Old Game
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
23.7 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2012
Play it!!!
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