Lords of the Realm

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Lords of the Realm

DOS - 1994

Also released on: Amiga

Alt names 英伦霸主, Lords of the Realm: Epic Medieval Strategy
Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1994)
Germany (1997)
Poland (2001)
Genre Strategy
Theme Europe, Medieval, Real-Time
Publisher Impressions, Impressions Games
Developer Impressions, Impressions Games
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.65
4.64 / 5 - 66 votes

Download extras files
Manual, map, refcard and misc available

Description of Lords of the Realm

David Lester's masterpiece and definitely THE game that finally brought Impressions into the spotlight, Lords of The Realms is a great medieval strategy game that strikes a great balance between combat and empire building.

As veteran wargamers M. Evan Brooks observes, "...[the game] offers an interesting portrayal of thirteenth century politics and military maneuver. The "3-Cs" of medievalism are covered: castle construction, crop rotation, and combat. Think of it as a cross between Kingdoms of Germany and Castles II, but with more depth."

What makes the game very addictive is, first and foremost, the fact that it finally broke away from the notorious "spreadsheet-style" syndrome that most previous Impressions titles share. Although it still crunches a lot of numbers, and you will still keep track of many more statistics than you care to count, Lords of The Realms presents these statistics visually: you will see the graphical effects of all your orders (e.g. troops marching to their destinations), and seasonal changes (wheat stalks blow in the summer wind, and wilt with the onset of winter).

The AI is quite competent, and there are many nice historical tidbits in the game, including the simple but effective diplomacy model, to entertain both die-hard and casual gamers. Similar to Kou Shibusawa's Nobunaga's Ambition, Lester's Lords of The Realm is not only a labor of love, but a highly personal game where the designer's genuine interest in his country's heritage are fully borne by the game's excellence. It's unfortunate that Lords of The Realm II is not as addictive as this strategy game (although it is also an excellent game in its own right).

Highly recommended, especially to anyone who's interested in medieval history, and fans of Defender of The Crown who want more substance and accuracy in the game. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Josepatri 2016-10-07 1 point

How can i save a game?

The game optios too save the game are operative, but when you save the particular game, when you try to restore, the game dosen´t appear´s.

How can we save the game in our own PC???


Spot 2015-10-11 1 point

Great game, not run-of-the-mill. Really makes you focus on managing and resources, has depth. Cows for the win!

Sir Reginald 2015-07-12 -1 point DOS version

She no worky ... not compatible with my system (Windows 7, 64 bit).
Oh well.

Nocz 2014-08-25 -4 points DOS version

I loved this game as a boy. Got excited when I saw that I could revisit this and the following games!

Marcela Guzman 2014-07-18 1 point DOS version

fucking real epic classic game. Awesome

drorus 2014-05-04 0 point DOS version

real epic

oixion 2014-04-21 0 point DOS version

epic classics

Fuzzpaw 2014-03-17 0 point DOS version

Love the classics

Tibago 2014-03-07 0 point DOS version

Awesome. Love it.

shawnaaron 2014-02-22 0 point DOS version

Love this game

KSC203 2014-01-21 0 point DOS version

Sweet classic

clareece 2014-01-07 0 point DOS version

been a long time since playing this game

Lords IIrealm 2013-09-04 0 point DOS version


Paul K 2013-07-21 1 point DOS version

I had the German map too. It came with the CD release of the game.

jd420 2013-05-08 0 point DOS version

Love it

phoenix 2013-05-06 0 point DOS version

cant get pass the soundcard in the setup, help

ihkaijuoi 2013-04-07 0 point DOS version

the game is the best for me...

Alan 2013-01-18 1 point DOS version

Fantastic game! Would also like to know how to find the German map. I remember playing it once it must be out there somewhere!

catalin 2013-01-07 0 point DOS version

fine i find you

shinedly 2012-05-29 0 point DOS version

Is there any way to play on the Germany map?

Collock 2012-04-21 0 point DOS version

This is one of the greatest sand box games of the 90's. Although Lord of the Realms II was much more popular I did not care for it because it was scenario based and took much of the grand stratgey out of the game play.

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Game Extras and Resources

Some of these file may not be included in the game stores. For Lords of the Realm, we have the following files:

ManualEnglish version 9 MB (DOS) ManualCastle Siege & Battle Manual English version 33 MB (DOS) MapEnglish version 2 MB (DOS) RefcardEnglish version 304 KB (DOS) MiscHistory Book English version 14 MB (DOS) MiscTech Manual English version 17 MB (DOS)

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