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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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.9 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2013
Best RTS of all time.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
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 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
124.0 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,323.2 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I have HUNDREDS of hours before this came to steam, so dont look at my hours on record. This is one of the best most overlooked RTS games every to come out. it is VASTLY superior to the socalled KohanII.
The RTS game has simplistic city management, where you have 'cities on the map' that have slots for buildings that you build, but you do not have to micromanage where they go etc... they are 'in the city' they give you benefits like being able to recruit better units or resources, etc.
Resource management is also unique, although it is technically divided up into Wood, Stones, Iron, and Magic Khaldunite, each have a monetary value and will be imported when they are lacking. so gold is the only real 'resource'. It updates per second, based on your income. If you want to build spearmen troops, each unit squad within the unit will take one of the wood for example, so if you have 5 wood produced, you cn make a 5 spearman unit with no penalty, if you make 6 in there, then it will cost you some of your gold income every second to 'supply' the extra wood, etc.
Comabt is also EXCELLENT, the units each can take damage, but also have a unit morale. Once their zone of control overlapps an enemy unit, they will engage, sending frontline units up while rear units will bring up the rear with raged attacks of possible or charge in secondly if not. The only order you can give it when to retreat and where to retreat to (or to rout, where they flee willy nilly) if they get broken morale, they will flee without the order. you have to return them to friendly supply zones for them to restore their combat effectiveness. Terrain matters, formations matter, Defensive outposts can provide extra garrison and supply zones... special squads can be added to units to change how they fight...
The single player campaign is honestly mediocre, but the multiplayer and battles in this game are still some of the best I've ever played and that's over 12 years since it's been released.
I can't recommend this enough.
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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 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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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Simply, one of the best RTS games by even today's standards. Recently played on-line for over 4 hours with zero issues.
If you are a fan of "thinking" RTS games where strategical decisions are as impotant as the tactical ones, then this game offers it all. The AI is superb & can be tweaked to your liking via text files for an endless supply of all types of playing styles.

The multiple victory conditions, outstanding RMG, excellent UI, wonderfully stable game play, excellent end game stat screen, a video file to watch your/other's replays, modding is possible, etc, etc. This game was done right.
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13.8 hrs
Posted: July 6
loved it as a kid, love it now
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18.9 hrs
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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19.3 hrs
Posted: March 9, 2015
The best RTS of all tim
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13.3 hrs
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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37.7 hrs
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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