Knights&Merchants
Written by Shigamoto   
Monday, 06 June 2005

Knights&Merchants is yet another real-time strategy game in a medieval setting. How does it measure up to the competition? Read on to find out.


If you mix Settlers and Lords of the Realms what do you get? The answer is Knights&Merchants. This game is a real time strategy game with according to the developers a well developed economics and resource gathering engine.

The world you are playing in is fictitious and the story is sort of interesting. The kingdom is falling apart after a rebellion and the king ends up defending the last royal province from the rebels. You are a palace guard and have been selected to lead the king’s forces against the rebellion.

As you might imagine there are a lot of battles in this game. As you build your soldiers they will be grouped automatically depending on what kind of soldier you build. This is a good way to handle large battles with many participants. However if you end up in just a small battalion the system is quite humongous to master, in those situations you have to split the group, which is done with a touch of a button.

There are a number of different units in the game, for example archers, pikemen, militia, knights and sword fighters. There are also some non-battle units such as woodcutters, bakers, miners, farmers and so on.

The civilian units are there for resource gathering and enrichment. Overall the resource system is more complicated than say Settlers but it’s somehow easier to master. For example if you want to create bread for your soldiers (they need to eat in the game) you first have to build a farm, employ a farmer, build a mill, build a bakery and employ all the appropriate people. So there are a lot of buildings and characters in the game.

I like the resource part of the game because it’s ambitious. But I don’t like it because it’s a lot of hassle for something simple as a piece of bread, and for what purpose? Sure you get closer to reality, but some parts of reality just isn’t suitable in computer games.

Overall Knights&Merchants is a decent strategy game, however I feel that it goes to deep at times, especially in the resource gathering part. However it’s not that deep when it comes to the battle part of the game.


Developer: TopWare Interactive
Website for Game: http://www.knights.de/us/
Publisher: TopWare Interactive
O/S: Win 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: N/A

Requirements:
Pentium 133 MHz, 16 MB RAM
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card




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