Lords of Magic (Windows)

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In the fantasy world known as Urak, supporters of eight different religions constantly fight each other. One of them is Balkoth, known as the Lord of Death, who worships the dark deity Golgoth. Balkoth has sworn to destroy all other faiths in the name of his own god. The other lords have to expand their ranks and defend themselves against the mad zealot.

Lords of Magic is a strategy game that combines turn-based exploration and resource management with real-time combat. The player can choose to control any of the lords who oppose Balkoth. Each nation (faith) commanded by a lord has its own specific units. Before engaging in an offensive, the player must liberate a Great Temple for the faith of his/her choice. It is also necessary to build a stronghold, develop the nation's capital city, and recruit troops.

The troops are led by a champion, representing the "hero" of the game. This hero can be either a warrior, a thief, or a mage, possessing the classical advantages and disadvantages of these classes: the warrior is good in close combat, the thief can sabotage enemy armies, and the physically weak mage can cast devastating spells. The isometric combat proceeds in real-time, with an option to simply calculate the result of a battle immediately, depending on the participants' statistics.


Lords of Magic Windows A Storm Giant Mage hard at work researching spells.
Lords of Magic Windows The barracks of Order.
Lords of Magic Windows Main Menu
Lords of Magic Windows Choose one of 8 different factions - Law, Chaos, Life, Death, Air, Fire, Earth, or Water.  However, Death isn't a playable Faction until you've played at least one full game and defeated Balkoth.

Alternate Titles

  • "Владыки магии" -- Russian title

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A fun game, with a flaw or two Afterburner (477) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Electric Games 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) Jan 07, 1998 86 out of 100 86
PC Action Dec 17, 1997 86.5 out of 100 86
Power Play Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Imperium Gier Oct 10, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1998 79 out of 100 79
PC Jeux Dec, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 25, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The first release was so filled with bugs, that Sierra eventually had to release a patch called Lords Of Magic 2.0 . This caused some confusion, as some gamers thought this was actually a new release of the game. That release did come about a year later with Lords Of Magic (Special Edition) which among other things added the premise of special quests.
Isak (603) added Lords of Magic (Windows) on Jul 28, 2000