Might and Magic series
Group DescriptionMight and Magic
is a series of first-person fantasy role-playing games developed by New World Computing
. Together with Wizardry
, it is considered a major franchise in Western RPG development that helped to shape the genre in its early stages.
Early Might and Magic games relied on the Wizardry template, focusing on dungeon crawling and featuring party creation with characters belonging to various classes and fantasy races, random enemies, and turn-based combat. Compared to Wizardry games, they featured larger outdoor areas and more free-form exploration. Might and Magic VI
(1998) moved away from random enemy encounters, introduced real-time combat with dynamic movement while allowing to switch to traditional stationary turn-based battles at any time, and implemented a manual leveling system with skill point distribution. All these elements were retained in subsequent installments.
Most Might and Magic installments have an overarching plot that contains elements of science fiction. It focuses on a group of powerful space travelers known as the Ancients, whose long-lasting battle against the alien race Kreegan has caused many worlds to be cut off from advanced technology. In the first five games, the player-controlled party of heroes tracks down Sheltem, the corrupt guardian of Earth. The sixth game starts a story arc set on the planet Enroth, which allows a closer look at the war between the Ancients and the Kreegan.
The series has also gave birth to spin-offs, most notably the Heroes of Might and Magic
series of strategy games.
|Might and Magic IX||2002||Windows||3DO Company, The||2.81|
|Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor||1999||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.62|
|Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer||2000||PlayStation 2, Windows||3DO Company, The||3.76|
|Might and Magic: World of Xeen||1994||DOS, Macintosh||New World Computing, Inc.||3.76|
|Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (Limited Edition)||1998||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.78|
|Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven||1998||Windows||3DO Company, The||3.80|
|Might and Magic: Book One - Secret of the Inner Sanctum||1986||Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, FM-7, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000||New World Computing, Inc.||3.82|
|Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World||1988||Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, FM-7, Genesis, Macintosh, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, SNES||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.86|
|Swords of Xeen||1995||DOS||New World Computing, Inc.||3.88|
|Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra||1991||Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CD||FCI||3.97|
|Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen||1993||DOS, FM Towns, PC-98||New World Computing, Inc.||4.01|
|Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen||1992||DOS, FM Towns, PC-98||New World Computing, Inc.||4.04|
|Might and Magic: Millennium Edition||1999||Windows||3DO Company, The||4.13|
|Might and Magic||1992||TurboGrafx CD||NEC Avenue, Ltd.||4.17|
|Ultimate Might and Magic Archives||1998||Windows||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||4.23|
|Might and Magic Trilogy||1995||DOS||New World Computing, Inc.||4.25|
|Might and Magic Sixpack||1998||DOS, Windows||Ubi Soft Entertainment Software||5.00|
|Might and Magic (Platinum Edition)||2002||Windows||3DO Company, The||5.00|
|Might and Magic I & II||1992||Macintosh||New World Computing, Inc.||5.00|