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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows)

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EO, the world in which the game takes place was torn apart by a ritual called the Convocation. The ritual caused the destruction of the continents and was performed by thirteen most powerful mages (collectively known as The Circle) of EO. After the ritual only isolated island around magical towers remained. The islands are connected by magical portals that make travel between them possible.

SpellForce is a real-time strategy game with RPG elements, similar to Battle Realms. Unlike that game, SpellForce gives more focus on the hero. In fact, the player can go into third person view (only for the hero) and play it like a hack and slash game. The game features six playable races. The player character is called a rune warrior, an immortal warrior bound to a stone by The Circle to fight their wars. If the avatar dies, he will respawn at the last activated bindstone (stones around the map that can be activated). As the game progresses the player will find rune stones of six races (humans, dwarves, elves, orcs, trolls and dark elves) and hero runes. After being inserted in the rune board, they can be trained at their respective monument and help the player in the quest. The game has a lengthy single player campaign of 20+ maps. It was followed by two expansions called The Breath of Winter and Shadow of the Phoenix.

Screenshots

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Attacking the enemy tower with a hero (alas, it cannot be attacked with bow and arrow)
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Human monument
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows I see the ghosts of the developers...
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows A major battle between elves, dwarfs, a titan and some undead.

Alternate Titles

  • "咒语力量:秩序黎明" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SpellForce: Zakon Switu" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

Very interesting game Riamus (8120) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Death is meaningless Flapco (2170) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
For rabid RTS fans, RPG fans and everyone else stay away! Grov (646) 1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars
Stunning Graphics in Brilliant Real-time RPG/Strategy Hybrid Klirr (76) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2004 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Gamesmania.de Dec 16, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameZone Mar 01, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Feb 10, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
G4 TV: X-Play Mar 31, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 28, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Game Revolution Mar, 2004 B 75
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Jun 02, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpy Mar 08, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Continuing with Spanish problems, the game was featured as the October 2005 covermount of Mega Score, the longest running Portuguese video gaming mag, but the discs (duplicated in Zaragoza, Spain) kept the SecuROM copy protection measures, which (obviously) recognized the CDs as copies, and refused to install.

To make up for that, the magazine offered the game again (with a non-faulty batch) in the following month, and offered to replace the faulty discs for casual magazine buyers.

You can see the original notification here.

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Karthik KANE (460) added SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows) on Jan 18, 2004