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Crusader Kings is a real-time (but pause-able) strategy game based on the Europa Universalis engine that focuses on the feudal kingdoms of medieval Europe in the time period of 1066 to 1419 A.D.

Those familiar with EU & EU2 will find the game easy recognizable, but quite different in many aspects. Gone are the diplomats, merchants and mercenaries, to be replace by a much more intriguing and quite different diplomatic system.

You can start the game as ruler of a multitude of different kingdoms, as well as hundred of different dukedoms or counts. Increase your prestige and wealth by fighting for the pope, liege, king and country or just for yourself. Move yourself into position for further expansion by arranging marriages for you, your court members or vassals. Assimilate, assassinate, claim or plain simple meet them on the battlefield, those that will not yell to you or your liege.

Fight with the Popes blessing in far of lands and gain wealth and glory – if you can! Create titles for new assimilate land and pass them down to children, court members, brothers, sisters etc.. to insure the survival of your dynastic.

The three scenarios of the game are: the Battle of Hastings (1066), the Third Crusade (1187), and the Hundred Years War (started in 1337). Playable factions include various European states, Byzantium, Kingdom of Jerusalem, and others.


Crusader Kings Windows Create the title of 'Duke of Skåne'
Crusader Kings Windows Start screen
Crusader Kings Windows Going to war with Sweden
Crusader Kings Windows Appoint members of the court to different duties

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Alternate Titles

  • "十字军之王" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Крестоносцы" -- Russian spelling
  • "Ristirüütlite Kuningad" -- Estonian title
  • "Krestonoscy" -- Russian title
  • "Europa Universalis: Mroczne Wieki" -- Polish title

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Critic Reviews

Netjak Windows Jul 13, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
GameSpot Windows Jun 10, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
Next Level Gaming Windows Sep 08, 2004 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Jun 22, 2004 79 out of 100 79
GameZone Windows May 25, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Oct 19, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78 Windows Jun 29, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Aug 27, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 01, 2004 60 out of 100 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2004 52 out of 100 52


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Related Web Sites

  • "King me!" (GiN interviews Fredrik Lindgren, Head of Sales and Marketing for Paradox, "about the strategy genre, real time versus turn based games, how Crusader Kings was different from any other strategy game, and how in the world they got so much historical detail into the title." )
  • Paradox Forum - Crusader Kings (All about Crusader Kings, - news, bugs, AAR, modifications, Tech support etc..)
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