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The year is 699. Young Slav prince Mirko is returning from a successful war raid only to find his home settlement burned to the ground and all kinsfolk killed. Swearing a revenge on treacherous neighbours, Mirko gathers his faithful warriors, leading them to conquer all surrounding territories.

Polanie is a real-time strategy game similar to Warcraft. There's only one non-linear campaign (25 missions) and the enemies use the same unit types. The only resource in the game is milk: everything - from buildings through defensive walls, bridges to new units - is built using a certain amount of it. The milk is produced by cows, which graze the grassland around your village. When they eat enough, the cows will return to their barns and the milk will be added to your resources. Woodcutters are needed to complete buildings ("bought" with milk), they double as axemen in combat. The early medieval setting is spiced up with a touch of magic: your men (enemies too!) may heal themselves at sacred places scattered around the map, priests and priestesses may call fire from the sky. Creatures of magic or nature may provide help or nuisance. Large warrior teams can be selected and controlled as a group.

The CD-ROM re-release added 3 new units, 5 short campaigns (total 27 new missions), 3D animations and music on audio tracks.

German edition, titled Victory and based on floppy disk release, goes beyond the obvious translation/dubbing changes and introduces a plot twist: the campaign map has changed from Polish to German territory in the background, so we no longer unite Slavic tribes (intro animation is absent as well).

Czech edition is based on updated Polish CD-ROM re-release.


Polanie DOS (Polanie, Osadníci) CD-ROM intro - your "harvester"
Polanie DOS Mirko
Polanie DOS Osadnici Menu
Polanie DOS (Polanie) Main menu - floppy disk release

Promo Images

Polanie Screenshot
Polanie Screenshot
Polanie Screenshot
Polanie Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Victory" -- German title
  • "Osadníci" -- Czech title
  • "Knights and Cows" -- Working title

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Top Secret Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Secret Service / New S Service May, 1996 75 out of 100 75
Gambler Aug, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Świat Gier Komputerowych Jun, 1997 20 out of 30 67
PC Joker Sep, 1996 46 out of 100 46
Imperium Gier Dec 01, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Oct, 1996 36 out of 100 36
CD-Action Apr, 1997 Unscored Unscored


Topic # Posts Last Post
new screenshots waiting 20 DJP Mom (11376)
Jan 27, 2010
Victory/Polanie/Osadnici - game split? 9 Rola (8277)
Oct 08, 2009


Development history

The game was created by a group of students. Miroslaw Dymek came up with the idea in August 1995. The working name was Knights and Cows (that's right, in English). Robert Cozaś, who decided to publish the game after seeing the promising demo version, suggested changing the name to "something that sounds more familiar", hence Polanie (the Polans, one of the Slavonic tribes that later formed Poland).

English translation

The game was never released in English. There is a fan-made translation named Slavs, which circulates the warez scene.

Related Web Sites

  • Polanie fan page (Fan page about Polanie series. The site contains all the information about the game, press releases, patches, and other files, accessories, news, interviews, texts of fans. (Polish))
Iggi (27922) added Polanie (DOS) on May 06, 2007