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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.


Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows on the battlefield
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows Recruiting Creatures
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows Overview of your kingdom and heroes
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows The battle backgrounds don't look particularly impressive ...

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 (1410)
Even now a great game. Windows Ajan (262)
Very, very, VERY addictive. Windows hikari_no_tsubasa (11)
A damn fine game. Windows Tomer Gabel (4352)
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 (175)
The Linux release is a good port of the Windows release, with the exception of network play Linux Droog (460)
A turn-based Strategy game that will fill many of your hours. Windows El-ad Amir (109)
Classic game, but graphics really need improvement. Windows Grov (646)

Critic Reviews

macHOME Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamesFirst! Windows Mar 26, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Games ( Windows Mar 18, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine Windows Oct, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Secret Service / New S Service Windows Apr, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Windows May, 1998 87 out of 100 87 Windows May 14, 1999 17 out of 20 85
PC Joker Windows May, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 01, 2000 8 out of 10 80


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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.


  • 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?


  • 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
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