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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Knights and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom

Knights and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom (shortened TSK) is a medieval-time based Real-time strategy game. It has been developed by Joymania and published by TopWare Interactive in 1998. You take the role of the captain of the palace guards and lead your soldiers and tell your people what to build where, in order to defeat your enemies. If you enjoy the medieval theme, you'll probably have fun playing the game. The game didn't get very popular in the UK and the US, but in some other countries where it got popular a follow up game was released called Knights and Merchants: The Peasants Rebellion. Recently it has also been made available in the US as a value game.
Knights and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom has a single player campaign that consists of 20 scenarios. That might not sound a lot, but it can take from around 30 minutes up to 7 hours to beat a mission depending on its difficulty. There's also a town tutorial that teaches you how to build up your base and then also a battle tutorial which teaches which units you should use to counter each other.
The game is not without its flaws. The road system gets easily congested, leading to deadlocks lasting for several minutes. Unfortunately this usually occurs near resource points meaning porters with critical goods ( food, weapons) cannot get to their destination on time. In addition, the dragging pace of the game cannot be altered (as is the case with nearly every other RTS on the market, before and after) which greatly extends the time spent on the resourcing part of missions.
The game also offers a multiplayer mode by using either IPX, TCP/IP or Modem where up to 6 players can play. There's 10 different scenarios to choose from and some of them are battle missions so you just have to make a better tactic than your friend if you want to win. Generally playing multiplayer games can be very fun if you have nice opponents and some good rules.
Download Size: 31MB

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