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First in a series of shorter, story-driven games based on the Heroes of Might and Magic III engine. Each game consists of a single campaign recounting an important period in the life of Tarnum, the immortal hero.

Warlords is billed as a "prequel," telling the story of Tarnum's quest to lead his barbarian peoples to throw off the oppressive rule of Bracaduun and the Wizards who are his master. However, as the intro gives away, while Tarnum will become King, in doing so he will commit crimes that cause the ancestors to refuse him admission to paradise, and he will be returned as the immortal hero of the next episode (Conquest of the Underworld).

The campaign consists of eight scenarios, with Tarnum carrying his experience forward from scenario to scenario. The game plays exactly like Heroes III: Shadow of Death (three scenarios include combination artifacts). The story advances during each scenario through frequent text pop-ups. There are also movies for every scenario, instead of just one per campaign. In keeping with the plot, the early scenarios have only Stronghold and Fortress towns, with Castle and Tower towns showing up later.

Difficulty is selectable for every scenario, and a tutorial is included, so both Heroes newcomers and experts can play.


Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wastelands Windows The Strategic Map
Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wastelands Windows Bracaduun is introduced in the first scenario's movie
Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wastelands Windows By the end of the eighth scenario, Tarnum is a formidable hero
Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wastelands Windows The Opening Movie Introduces Tarnum

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法門英雄誌:荒原之軍" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Хроники Героев: Воины степей" -- Russian spelling
  • "Heroes Chronicles: Wojownicy Pustkowi" -- Polish title

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PC Games (Germany) Mar, 2001 75 out of 100 75
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2000 75 out of 100 75
Game Vortex 2001 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 72 out of 100 72
GameZone Oct 23, 2000 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Oct 16, 2000 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Oct 13, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult Feb 08, 2001 5 out of 10 50
ActionTrip Nov 03, 2000 35 out of 100 35
Absolute Games ( Sep 29, 2000 30 out of 100 30


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andyhat (1907) added Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wastelands (Windows) on Oct 16, 2000