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Knights of Honor brings together many genres. Although the game is mainly a real-time strategy game, it offers much more than the typical RTS game.

You start the game in one of three time periods. This will determine what Europe looks like at the beginning of the game... and, as such, will determine how the game develops. Each time period has different choices for countries to play as because Europe's countries don't stay the same for long.

You have the opportunity to play any country that is part of Europe, as well as a few of the countries that border Europe (northern Africa and western Asia/Middle East). Choose to play a major power like Germany, or a minor power such as the Highlands (northern Scotland). No matter who you are, you can become the biggest power in Europe.

The game offers enough different options that you could play the game for a week and still come across something new. For example, if you unite Scotland (north and south), the nobles will give you 5000 gold if you rename the parts of the country to Scotland rather than keeping your current country's title.

You control most aspects of a country. Your king and queen will have children who you can marry off to improve relations. You can choose your heir if you have more than one son. You can also promote knights to the royal family to use for various tasks (merchant, landholder, cleric, marshal, spy, and builder). Each type is important. Marshals lead your army, while merchants improve trade. And, if you're lucky, your cleric could become Pope which allows you to excommunicate countries and send crusades against them. Spies can do more in this game than in many other games. They can do everything from stealing gold to assassinating the king.

Use diplomacy to help expand your borders, or just have the biggest army and bully everyone into submission. If you're winning a war and want to offer peace, you might even be able to have a country become your vassal.

Battles can be handled yourself, or by the computer. It's much faster if the computer does it, but you can use strategy to win if you do it yourself. When you control the battle, you will control each squad of units. Use the land to your advantage as you try to take out the knights that are leading the enemy. As long as you're not attacking a town, you will win by defeating the knights, no matter how many other units remain. If you're attacking the town, you must defeat everyone. You can improve town attacks by using siege equipment.


Knights of Honor Windows ...and in the last step hunt down the remaining opponent forces.
Knights of Honor Windows If your people rebel, you'll need to defeat them.  And, when you do, you'll see this
Knights of Honor Windows Try to keep your towns happy, or you risk having to put down a rebellion
Knights of Honor Windows This is your royal family.  View the king, queen, princes, and princesses here. Set your heir and, if you think you're worthy, attempt to become the ultimate emperor of Europe

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Alternate Titles

  • "荣誉骑士" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Knights of Honor. Рыцари Чести" -- Russian spelling

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Critic Reviews Dec 20, 2004 92.1 out of 100 92
Game industry News (GiN) 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Netjak Jun 13, 2005 8.4 out of 10 84
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2004 81 out of 100 81
PC Games (Germany) Oct 10, 2004 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 19, 2004 78 out of 100 78
IGN Oct 01, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77 Oct 01, 2004 76 out of 100 76 Sep 30, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Joystick (French) Nov, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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Riamus (8520) added Knights of Honor (Windows) on Nov 03, 2004