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Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (Windows)

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After the corrupt Guardian Sheltem was defeated, the seemingly never-ending war between the Ancients and the alien Kreegans entered a new phase. Meteor-like spaceships populated by the Kreegans fell onto the technologically less advanced planet Enroth. The local king, Roland Ironfist, plans to attack the demonic-looking aliens, but is betrayed by a mage named Sulman and gone missing. Xenofex, the king of the Kreegans, establishes a cult teaching people that the Ironfist dynasty has lost its Mandate of Heaven to rule the realm. Meanwhile, the town of Sweet Water is invaded by the Kreegans, and four adventurers become involved in the battle and the search for the missing king.

The Mandate of Heaven is the sixth installment in the Might and Magic series, and the first one with the playing area done with a real 3D engine, allowing free exploration of the terrain (as opposed to the grid-based movement of the previous games) and camera rotation. Characters and many objects are represented by 2D sprites. The gameplay follows the formula of the predecessors with several changes, the most notable of which is the option to fight in real time. Real-time combat allows free movement, while the traditional turn-based one is stationary.

Character creation is somewhat more restricted: there are no other races but humans to choose from, and the party contains only four adventurers. Six classes are available: Knight, Druid, Paladin, Cleric, Sorcerer and Archer. A new skill system has been introduced, allowing the player to manually raise character skills (e.g. proficiency in specific weapon types) when the character levels up. Characters also gain access to skills of most classes, regardless of their original class designation.

Screenshots

Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven Windows Look, just admit you have no chance. I just killed eight old guys looking just like you, what's two more to me?
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven Windows Intro: defending
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven Windows Fighting cannibals. Why are they black, by the way? Conscious racism, stereotypical thinking, or part of the game's lore?
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven Windows The game uses photographs to represent NPCs - just look at this adorable child... :)

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法门VI:天堂之令" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "魔法門VI ─ 奉天承運" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Меч и Магия: Благословение небес" -- 2003 Russian spelling
  • "MM6" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Might and Magic VI : Le Mandat Celeste" -- French title

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User Reviews

Excellent traditional cRPG. Graphics/audio sufficient for the fan. Tennessee Ernie Ford (15) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
It started out a ton of fun, but it's the first time I ever bought a strategy guide. Cyric (50) unrated
MM6: The mandate of perpetual repetitions Dr_Bab (11) 1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars
Mighty and magical -- not. András Gregorik (65) unrated

The Press Says

PC Jeux May, 1998 91 out of 100 91
GameSpot May 22, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Power Unlimited Jun, 1998 9 out of 10 90
IGN Aug 12, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Power Play May, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Pelit Jun, 1998 88 out of 100 88
PC Action May 20, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Quandary Sep, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania 1998 75 out of 100 75

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Topic # Posts Last Post
MM6 guide 1 Rain Ungert
Jan 18, 2014

Trivia

Hidden dungeon

There is a hidden easter egg dungeon in the game. More information can be found in the tips & tricks section.

References

In the town of Ironfist there is a not-so-subtle reference to Star Trek; the Original Series - when you leave the temple you are told to "Live long and prosper", a common Vulcan greeting. In the Tomb of Varn there is another original Star Trek reference; unfortunately it would be a major spoiler to reveal it here!

Awards

Might and Magic 6 was voted #39 overall (tied with Curse of Monkey Island) in PCGamer Magazine's Readers All-Time Top 50 Games Poll (April 2000 issue).
  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Runner-up as Best RPG of the Year
  • PC Gamer
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Best First-Person RPG in 1998
Information also contributed by DJP Mom and Zovni

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DarkTalon (133) added Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (Windows) on Jan 31, 2000