King’s Bounty No Longer A King’s Bounty (Briefly)

I still feel for Alec Meer's Zombie Wife

Quick post on this one. News reaches me from staring at forums that King’s Bounty is on sale this weekend from Gamer’s Gate for twenty Euros. As much as we love the game – it’s Alec’s favourite of last year, after all – after the cheery collapse of the Pound Sterling, forty Euros is a lot for anything. At twenty it’s a total bargain. Hurrah for advanced capitalism.


  1. Feet says:

    Bought. Thanks!

  2. Rongonathon Magnuskavang says:

    Bah, I picked it up for around 872,659,387,561 American bottlecaps. Stupid economy.

  3. ZephyrSB says:

    Figures. I bought it earlier this week :(

  4. Kieron Gillen says:

    Don’t worry, Zeph – Walker and I both paid 40 euros for it too. C’est la vie.


  5. Bobsy says:

    Question! If I buy and download it, can I then transport the download to another (internetless) compy and install it there? I wreally want to give this a try.

  6. Babs says:

    Acording to the GamersGate FAQ, no.

  7. Bobsy says:

    Then no sale. Shame.

  8. Colthor says:

    There’s a boxed version coming out in a week, available from Play for £25 (that’s the only place I can see it).

    But it might require online activation, so check if that’s a problem (I’m really not sure. I’ve been trying to find out, but there are so many different versions around and stories vary so much about the game’s CP that I’ve no idea).

  9. qrter says:

    Space Rangers 2, the boxed version, did have that silly Starforce DRM on it (when I say “silly” I mean “fucking annoying”). Not sure if this is the same publisher, but keep an eye out.

  10. Dominic White says:

    None of the digital versions of SR2 have Starforce. Don’t worry – you can take your tinfoil helmet off.

    While Starforce is an almighty pain in the arse, the amount of crazy rumours about it are staggering. People have told me, seriously, to my face, that it will cause discs to melt in my drive.

  11. qrter says:

    Contrary to what my gravatar might indicate, I never wear hats.

  12. Rei Onryou says:

    No Steam, no go. Curse my fear of other digital distribution methods. Looks like its boxed retail for me.

    Looking forward to a batshit manual.

  13. Fede says:

    This product have been blocked for your country.

    I don’t understand. Wasn’t it being sold at 20 Euro? I use Euro, so it should be available here. Or they thought UK have started using Euro? Sigh. :(

  14. Heliocentric says:

    After the demo i’m not sure how i feel about dropping £18(+tax) on this through a drmed system which isn’t steam.

  15. subedii says:

    Yeah I’m going to hold off until finally has them in stock. I have to wonder what’s taking them so freaking long with that. A game like this really ought to be on the shelves as well.

  16. thefanciestofpants says:

    Picked this up last week(I’m in the ass end of australia anyway, euros-shmuros.).

    Alec’s hype was bang on. What a batshit insane, charming and addictive thing it is.

  17. Nosferatu Man says:

    I’m pretty sure GamersGate is less DRM’d than Steam – once you download and install something using their downloader app, that’s it – it’ll just run on it’s own without the need to run anything else (a bit like Impulse). I presume the app is only there to do some decrypting on whatever you download (which would explain why you can’t copy the stuff to another computer). I hate to sound like a shill, but systems that aren’t Steam deserve a bit of love sometimes.

    Anyway, bought despite the shoddy Euro/Pound exchange.

  18. Luomu says: is now advertising a collector’s edition as well:

    Collector’s Edition contents:
    King’s Bounty: The Legend game
    “The Art of King’s Bounty: The Legend” artbook
    Bonus DVD
    Poster (double faced)
    Bonus DVD contents:
    “Tales from Endoria” – 8 episodes
    Game trailers
    Web Fankit
    Original soundtrack
    Exclusive Katauri interview

    £29.99 which translates to €38.99 with’s rates.

  19. FhnuZoag says:

    Does anyone know what the DRM situation is with this?

  20. subedii says:

    The Russian retail release version of the game originally made use of Starforce, but that was soon patched out. The US / UK releases will not make use of Starforce at all.

    Also, that’s some pretty good swag in a special edition priced at £30.

  21. Colthor says:

    As subedii said (although StarForce was patched out as of 1.6.4), plus the US/EU releases have various versions of SecuROM, at least some requiring online activation. Dunno about the pending UK release, but I *think* it’s the same publisher as the US one.

    Source (that may be updated with UK version info later):
    link to

  22. iax says:

    FhnuZoag: I just bought it from Gamersgate. You will need the Gamersgate Downloader, their equivalent to the Steam/Impulse/etc. apps for downloading and installing the game. Additionally, the game comes with SecuROM which is used for an online activiation before you start the game for the first time. Afterwards, I could start the game without an active internet connection. Gamersgate guarantees unlimited installations. The worst case scenario according to their FAQs is an email to their support, if the game refuses activation.

  23. Robin says:

    Man, fast work.

  24. noexes says:

    The problem isn’t really the derm but the fact that the software is needlessly obtuse and annoying. After I buy King’s Bounty I probably won’t use it for anything else.

  25. ysbreker says:

    I can’t install the game :( The installer keeps crashing after downloading the game though that gamersgate downloader thing. My Google fu isn’t working since I can’t find a thing about the installer crashing anywhere.

  26. cyrenic says:

    I was surprised to see Kings Bounty at my local Texas Wal Mart today. Pretty cool they were able to get a wide distribution for the American launch, at least.

  27. Nullh says:

    Picken adn purchased, and I’m liking it a lot. Reminds me of late 90’s games, which is a good thing.

  28. Capon says:

    Bought it, hope it’s ready to play by the time I get back. I to sell my zombie wife, too, damnit!

  29. roBurky says:

    Mph. I think I should have trusted my instincts on this and stayed away. I’m finding the battles terribly tedious.

  30. Jason says:

    Cheers for the heads up, done and done.
    But maybe I’ll leave off playing it till I get dumped…8-)

  31. thefanciestofpants says:

    If you disliked the combat in the Heroes of might and magic games, you’ll find king’s bounty no better. Just a warning.

    I for one, loved em.

  32. Nick says:

    Yes, if it didn’t like HoMMs 1 – 3 you won’t like this (there are much better reasons for not liking 4 & 5).

  33. qrter says:

    I’m finding the battles terribly tedious.

    This is what I had. Repetitive and not very engaging. And there’s a lot of it.

  34. roBurky says:

    I had no idea what HoMM was. Which was why I never understood anyone’s description of this game because that was the only reference point anyone used.

  35. pkt-zer0 says:

    I disliked the combat in HoMM, but I like King’s Bounty.

    Maybe I’m just weird.

  36. DeliriumWartner says:

    Bought, but it’s taking bloody AGES to download. 6 kb/sec, Christ. Incidentally, is it weird that the downloader doesn’t seem finished? The File, Edit etc along the top – most of them are empty. And the tabs all basically say “coming soon”.

  37. Funky Badger says:

    The GamersGate downloaded keeps stalling on 93% downloaded – before I get to try and get the game. BOO!

    Any helpful suggestions?

  38. reverseclipse says:

    as cyrenic noted the game is at wallmart, but what surprised me was that I could only find it at wallmart. None of the gameshops or other box stores had it.

  39. Okami says:

    Damned game stole a week of my life. Every day last week after I came home I immediately started King’s Bounty and then spent a good 4 to 5 hours playing it non stop.

    Until yesterday evening, when I suddenly jumped out of my seat, hit alt&f4, shut my pc down and started wondering where the week had gone to..

    It’s like the digital equivalent of marihuana: It’s nice while it lasts, but after doing it every day in the week it starts getting on your nerves and once you stop doing it for a day, you really don’t understand, why you wasted so much time on it in the first place.

    Knowing myself this can of course only mean, that I’ll start playing the game again in a few days and I’ll lose another week to it.

    And another.

    And another…

  40. tuco says:

    I didnt get a key from gamersgate, could download but stuck now at securom auth =/

    can anybody help? their faq sucks!

  41. Mal says:

    @tuco – the key is in the Gamersgate downloader. Login, select the My Games tab and the Serial is listed on the King’s Bounty section, along with the manual and patch downloads and things.

  42. Freudian Slip says:

    Just started playing it today; Booted it up, played for a while, quit, realised 4.5 hours had passed. What a game. I’m shit at it though.

  43. tuco says:

    Thanks for the answer Mal, but unfortunately, it isn’t =/
    “Serials” field is empty =/

    Wrote to support, got automated reply: they won’t answer until Monday or Tuesday. This sucks!

  44. DeliriumWartner says:

    Well, this is freaking annoying. It seems my comp has a problem with certain P2P programs, either that or their servers suck pretty hard. I have to restart the download (pause and unpause) about once every 5 minutes or it stops completely, telling me to check my firewall or internet. I’ve been doing this for about 4 hours, and I’m currently 33% downloaded.

    Since there are no forums, or any reasonable help on the site, anything you guys can suggest would be greatly appreciated. I kinda wish I’d just got it from Amazon. 10 quid more expensive, but at this rate I’d have it quicker, and without having to “attend” to the downloader. *sigh*

  45. Tony says:

    I have the same problem as tuco. No serial key, even though I have sucessfully purchased and downloaded the game. I’ve checked the Downloader app and the web page both on the My Games tab. I can see the game but no serial key. I hate activation.

  46. Dan Lawrence says:

    I also have the same blank serial number problem as Tony & tuco. Found another chap with the same issue on Quarter to Three so I guess its a fairly common occurance amongst people who bought the game today.

  47. RichP says:

    I wonder if Gamersgate ran out of valid CD keys. During the holiday Steam sale, Valve had to suspend several games because CD keys ran out.

  48. Draknahr says:

    I have the same problem as Dan, Tony and Tuco and didn’t get a serial. :( And I was hoping to play it all weekend.

  49. Caiman says:

    I’ve bought KB and Space Rangers 2 through Gamers Gate, and I agree the downloader isn’t the best piece of software out there. However, I never experienced anything like the kinds of sluggish download speeds people are reporting now so perhaps they’re getting a lot more interest in KB now! Incidentally, to transfer the game to another PC you have to install the downloader on that machine first, then copy the KB folder into the specific download folder, log in, and then hit the Download button – it verifies the files which takes a few minutes, and then you’re good to install it. So yes the PC needs to be online, but that’s the only DRM in place. I had to do this because the laptop I downloaded it was chugging too much (it’s an old laptop!).