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Knights is a multiplayer game involving several knights who must run around a dungeon and complete various quests.

Screenshot

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Each game revolves around a quest – for example, you might have to find some items and carry them back to your starting point. This may sound easy, but as there are only enough items in the dungeon for one player to win, you may end up having to kill your opponents to get their stuff! Other quests involve escaping from the dungeon, fighting a duel to the death against the enemy knight(s), or destroying an ancient Book using a special Wand. While exploring the dungeon, you will find aid in the form of weapons, potions and magical spells, but beware for there are also deadly traps, bloodthirsty vampire bats and zombies who exist only to kill living knights!

Although the game can be slightly complex to learn at first (due to the large number of weapons and items available), it is great fun and the customizable quests and random dungeons make it highly replayable. It can be played online, over a LAN, or in split screen mode (pictured above).

Knights was originally a freeware game for the Amiga, written by Kalle Marjola in 1994. This version uses all of the original graphics and sounds (kindly made available by the original author on this page), but the game code has been rewritten from scratch in C++. The main changes compared to the original are faster, smoother gameplay, and the addition of online game modes.

Downloads

Click here to download Knights for Windows (.exe file, 1.8M)

Download the source code for Linux and Windows (1.4M)

To run on Linux you have two choices: either build the game from source (see here for instructions), or else just run the Windows version via WINE (I am told this works well). I may provide native Linux binaries at some point, if there is enough demand.

If you would like to run your own Knights server, download the server for Windows (.zip file, 0.9M), or download the source code package which includes both the server and the client.

Visit the download page for older versions and release notes.

The files are licensed under the GNU GPL; see COPYRIGHT.txt in the distribution for full details.

Contact

I can be reached by email at: stephen (at) solarflare.org.uk. I can also be contacted via the forum or blog if you prefer.