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The Kings of the Dark Age

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: ZuxxeZ / Topware
Developer: Cateia Games
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2005

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Zuxxez Signs 'The Kings of the Dark Age' - Screens

by Judy on Sept. 30, 2004 @ 7:41 a.m. PDT

The Kings of the Dark Age provides great medieval atmosphere to the player, with its realistic in-detailed economy, military and political management, 45 minute original soundtrack, complex and exciting battles and castle siege and colorful and eye-catching graphics.

Playing modes

  • Campaigns: 17 complex single player levels divided in three chapters and six campaigns with full access to all features and possibilities.
  • Battlefields: dozens of single and multiplayer battlefields, villages, caves, ruins, castle sieges…
  • Local area network (LAN) and Match – making service – up to 4 players + 2 vs. 2 (allied match): battlefields, villages, caves, ruins, castle sieges…
  • Playable tutorials – step by step playable tutorials, booth campaign and battlefield play

Tech features

  • OpenGL graphic engine with full anti-aliasing
  • resolutions: 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 960, 1280 x 1024, 16bit or 32bit
  • DirectX 9 sound engine
  • 17 European medieval counties and levels divided in three large chapters
  • realistic husbandry, military and economy models as well as diplomatic relationships
  • more then 30 army units and siege weapons
  • battlefields with hundreds of units and special effects like flamed arrows, weather effects, blood, flora and fauna...
  • 45 minute original high quality stereo soundtrack
  • AI that uses realistic tactics and behaves natural (panic, fear, high moral, grouping and regrouping on the field…)
  • complex castle siege with highly detailed castle models and armies
  • Local network area multiplayer, Internet play (TPC/IP), match-making service up to 4 players
  • step by step playable tutorials

Player has to survive through 17 levels (14 different medieval European counties). Beside campaign mode player can enjoy single-player and multiplayer battles, as well.

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