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Once Upon a Knight

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Knightshift is a hybrid of the RPG and the RTS genre. The singleplayer RTS part consists of three campaigns, in a fantasy setting. During the campaigns, you characters gather items, develop skills and can level their stats to gain new abilities.

In the RPG mode, you can explore a larger selection of maps, quests, actions and enemies. This mode features improved character development with new skills and the ability to hire new characters or trade items.

In the multiplayer mode, servers support up to 65.000 players through the EarthNet® server system. Every player on the server has his/her own account protected by a password. With each server account up to 8 self developed RPG characters with their own inventory, skills and level ups can be managed. League and Companion MP matches are supported. MP matches are possible in RTS Battle, RTS destroy structure and RPG adventure mode with predefined or self created maps and mods.


Once Upon a Knight Windows Although the graphics seem a bit outdated at times, the full 3D engine shows some pretty pictures.
Once Upon a Knight Windows These cows provide milk, the only resource in the game.
Once Upon a Knight Windows Some part of the action takes place in underground dungeons. Switch views quickly with the Tab key.
Once Upon a Knight Windows These teleportation spots take a part of your army to a new location for short quests.

Alternate Titles

  • "骑士往事" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Рыцари за Работой" -- Russian spelling
  • "Polanie II" -- Polish title
  • "Once Upon a Knight - Heroism. Sorcery. Cows." -- title with tagline
  • "KnightShift" -- European title

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User Reviews

An RPG that does have a small touch of flaws Windows Arejarn (1231)
RPG as in "Really Poor Gaming" Windows Jacques Guy (55)

Critic Reviews

PC Action Windows Oct 14, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Komputer Świat GRY Windows Dec, 2003 4.64 out of 6 77
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan, 2004 72 out of 100 72
ActionTrip Windows Oct 07, 2003 70 out of 100 70
IGN Windows Oct 09, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Dec 04, 2003 62 out of 100 62
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Apr 01, 2004 12 out of 20 60
GameSpot Windows Oct 06, 2003 5.9 out of 10 59
Joystick (French) Windows May, 2004 5 out of 10 50
GameElite.se Windows Dec 02, 2003 2 out of 10 20


Topic # Posts Last Post
new game group: Polanie series 3 chirinea (35989)
Oct 04, 2009


After the review from German gaming magazine GameStar in issue 10/2003 (69 of 100 points) publisher ZUXXEZ Entertainment AG unsuccessfully sued GameStar to stop the distribution of the review. ZUXXEZ claimed that GameStar's version of the game was only classified as preview version and that they based their valuation on false data.

In the next issue (page 52) GameStar printed a correction for two false statements in their review regarding packaging and multiplayer mode but claim that this had no influence on the valuation. They also rejected ZUXXEZ' other blames and printed an e-mail from ZUXXEZ were they demand a "cover story" and an "eight page review with neutral mark" for the next issue.

Two months before ZUXXEZ had another disagreement with German magazine PC Games which wrote a non-enthusiastic preview in issue 08/2003. ZUXXEZ claimed that PC Games had no playable version of the game and that they "possibly didn't like the game because they received a Spellforce-order from above". PC Games rejected the accusations.

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