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Heroes of Might and Magic

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
81
3.7
Macintosh
...
3.4
Windows
76
3.8
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Description

Heroes of Might and Magic is a turn-based strategy game in which the player takes on the role of one of four different heroes: the warlock, sorceress, barbarian, or knight. As the hero the player must build up his or her castle by adding different buildings to earn different units to strengthen the hero's army with. Units include dragons, cyclopes, phoenixes, paladins, and many more fantasy creatures. Bulidings and units cost money and resources. Buildings can also be upgraded to unlock new unit types.

Another aspect of the game is exploring the world and discovering treasures, spells, mines to gather resources, nomad camps, magic lamps, ultimate artifacts, and more. The game uses a top down map in which the player can move his heroes a number of spaces each turn. Whenever the player encounters an enemy hero or castle a battle is shown in a close-up view.

During battles all the player's units are shown as stacks. The player can move these stacks around on a hexagonal grid. Different units have different movement and attack capabilities requiring different strategies to use and overcome.

The goal is to defeat all opponents by conquering their castles and defeating their heroes in battle. The player must also defend his own castles from enemy attacks. The player's heroes can collect spells to use in battle and can boost the units under their command, but they otherwise don't have a presence on the battlefields. The heroes collects experience points in typical RPG manner which boosts its stats. In addition items can be collected for additional bonuses.

The PC version has a campaign mode, the Game Boy Color version has not.


Screenshots

Heroes of Might and Magic DOS Warlock's village
Heroes of Might and Magic Game Boy Color Title screen
Heroes of Might and Magic Windows Different castles breed different units, but you must build your city first.
Heroes of Might and Magic Game Boy Color Resource found

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法门之英雄无敌" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "魔法門英雄無敵" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "HOMM" -- Informal name
  • "Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Geroi Mecha i Magii" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

Best concept ever to hit strategy gaming!!! Windows Lord Matthias (18)

The Press Says

Freak DOS Mar, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) DOS Oct, 1995 89 out of 100 89
The DOS Spirit DOS Jan 06, 2006 5 out of 6 83
GameSpot Windows May 01, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Daily Radar Game Boy Color 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Power Play Windows Jan, 1996 71 out of 100 71
Electric Playground Game Boy Color Nov 15, 2000 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Game Boy Color Jul 14, 2000 4.6 out of 10 46
macHOME Macintosh Feb, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Génération 4 Macintosh Nov, 1996 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17

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Trivia

Inspiration

This game is strongly based on King's Bounty, also made by New World Computing.

Might & Magic connections

The game's characters were based on similar characters found in the series that Heroes was spun off from, the Might & Magic series.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #133 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #60 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
Information also contributed by MAT

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