Knights & Merchant is one of the games from my childhood that I will always remember. Recently I had the itch to play again and discovered that it had be remade from scratch to improve compatibility, game play and fix problems that plagued the original game.
Knights & Merchants is an RTS style game with a complex economy and battle system. The economy is much like playing a game of Sim City. You must build multiple building for the merchant units that include farmers, bakers, blacksmiths and miners. Each building and merchant depends on one another for food and supplies. The Knights depend on the Merchants to produce their weapons and the serfs to feed them when they get hungry. The Serfs moved around supplies, products and food to all the building and units in the game.
The fighting system in Knights & Merchants: The Remake is balanced and functions like the original. Their is no technical limit to your army with the exception of available resources to build the needed weapons and armor. Unlike most RTS games Knights & Merchants only have one civilization, so each player has the same advantages / disadvantages.
Both of the original single player campaigns are available in the Knights & Merchants remake. The story remains unchanged and holds up very well with its age. The tutorial has been improved and many bugs have been remedied with the complete rewrite of the engine.
Multiplayer has received the most significant improvement because they fixed the crippling multiplayer bug that caused the game to go out-of-sync, making the game unplayable in any condition. The Knights & Merchants remake team has also included a dedicated server for both Windows and Linux.
To install Knights & Merchants: The Remake use must own the original Knights & Merchants: The Peasants Rebellion CD or purchase it DRM free at the GOG.com website at: http://www.gog.com/gamecard/knights_and_merchants_the_peasants_rebellion. The Knights & Merchants: The Remake installer can be found at: http://www.kamremake.com/download/.
I would personally like to thank the Knights & Merchants: The Remake team for all their hard work and attention to detail. This game is a highlight in my childhood and they have made the memories better and now allow for me to battle my brother in a game of multiplayer without the horrible out-of-sync issue.
- Multi-player out-of-sync bug fixed
- Add a beacon with the new ‘B’ hotkey
- Holding the “t” hotkey identifies plays units
- Assign groups to number keys with ‘CRTL + 1, +2, +3, …’
- New tutorial messages
- Peacetime of up to 2 hours added to multiplayer games
- Auto reconnect in multiplayer when server drops out of the game.
- All standard resolutions are now supported, including HD resolutions.
- Re-sizable chat window
- New victory and defeat music
- Music track shuffling
- New stat screens
- New icon when under attack
- In-game map editor
- Multiple language translations
- Mutliplayer AI that build their town and fights is in the works
- Windows and Linux dedicated servers