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Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia

MobyRank MobyScore
Linux
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4.1
Macintosh
88
3.8
Windows
88
4.0
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Description

Receiving news of her father's death, Catherine Ironfist, Queen of Enroth, sails for Erathia to attend her father's funeral. Fearing the worst, she assembles a military fleet as her escort. Arriving on the coast of Erathia, Catherine finds an allied wizard's tower, devastated from battle and abandoned. There she learns Erathia is falling to its enemies. Mustering local armies, Catherine marches to Erathia's capitol, restoring lost land along the way. Rescuing Erathia's besieged capitol, Catherine learns her father was poisoned with a goblet of wine. Setting herself up as queen, Catherine goes to war to restore Erathia's borders and discover her father's murderer. In the course of war, in an attempt to counter Catherine's recent successes, her enemies resurrect her buried father as an undead lich and make him general of their armies. Fighting her dead father's undead armies on the battlefield, Catherine continues her murder investigation and learns one of her most trusted generals was responsible. At the war'sconclusion, Catherine and her armies surround the last standing. Battling to the throne room, Catherine and her generals come face-to-face with Erathia's former king, now their undead enemy. From her assembled generals, Catherine points out the traitor. The undead king attacks and kills his murderer as Erathia's allied generals stand by and watch. Hunched over the dead body of his killer, the lich turns to the woman he named Catherine and once called daughter. Using a spell book, Catherine summons a lightning bolt from the sky and destroys her undead father. Sitting to the throne of her vanquished enemy, Catherine speaks, "Rest in peace father."

Better graphic, more colors, amazing animations, louder music, and same controls. The battle for lands continues, with different story and more units, spells and characters to use.

Screenshots

Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows There is a variety of spells to choose from
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows snow battle
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows swamp mission
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows ... which look quite nice ...

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法門英雄無敵3 (主程式)" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Герои Меча И Магии III: Возрождение Эрафии" -- Russian spelling
  • "HOMM 3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Heroes of Might and Magic III: A Restauração de Erathia" -- Brazilian title
  • "Heroes 3" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

This game defines "turn-based fantasy RPG strategy" Windows Silverblade (1421)
Even now a great game. Windows Ajan (262)
Very, very, VERY addictive. Windows hikari_no_tsubasa (11)
A damn fine game. Windows Tomer Gabel (4388)
I ought to *love* this game, but I don't... Linux ex_navynuke! (48)
Hours and hours of fun! Linux Charles McColm (3)
Fun for a short while Windows Technocrat (176)
The Linux release is a good port of the Windows release, with the exception of network play Linux Droog (463)
A turn-based Strategy game that will fill many of your hours. Windows El-ad Amir (110)
Classic game, but graphics really need improvement. Windows Grov (646)

The Press Says

OK PC Gamer Windows May, 1999 96 out of 100 96
Mac Gamer Macintosh 2000 90 out of 100 90
Mac Ledge Macintosh Apr 09, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Legendra Windows Feb 08, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar 18, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Génération 4 Windows Jun, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
PC Joker Windows May, 1999 82 out of 100 82
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Apr, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 01, 2000 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

Genies

If you look really close at the Genies, you will notice they are female (at least, their clothes look female, they appear to have breasts and wear makeup). However, the upgraded Genies (Master Genies) are surely male.

References

  • The cheat codes for the game (without the expansions) are all quotes from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Have you ever noticed that the music that is played at the end of a week, when certain creatures grow at a higher rate, sounds almost exactly like a jingle that is often played in South Park?

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2000 - Most Addictive Game in 1999
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #35 in the " All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #25 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Chentzilla, Mobygamesisreanimated, PCGamer77 and Silverblade

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Contributed to by Kabushi (122204) and MAT (72562)