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Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat is one of the first 3D real-time strategy games. The game is based on the medieval fantasy world from Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy Battle tabletop game. The player takes on the role of mercenary commander Morgan Bernhardt, with the Skavens (humanoid, intelligent rats) as the main villains. Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat is non-linear, the player can choose alternative missions to progress. Troops are transferred from mission to mission - as is their loss. The player commands whole groups, not single units (similar to the games in the Total War series. Soldiers themselves belongs to various groups (cavalry, infantry, machinery, archers, etc.).


Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat Windows Getting information about the orks
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat Windows 3.x Cavalry
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat Windows 3.x Civilian on battlefield? Get out!
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat Windows Deploying our units

Alternate Titles

  • "Warhammer: La Sombra de la rata cornuda" -- Spanish title
  • "Warhammer: Im Schatten der gehörnten Ratte" -- German title
  • "Warhammer: Dans L'Ombre du Rat Cornu" -- French title

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Seriously underrated. Windows Zorgob (24)

Critic Reviews

NowGamer PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 1996 77 out of 100 77
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1996 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker Windows Jan, 1996 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Windows May 01, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
Mega Fun PlayStation Feb, 1997 61 out of 100 61
High Score Windows May, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 3.6 out of 10 36


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A follow up (Warhammer - Dark Omen) was published a few years later. Developed by Mindscape but published by Electronic Arts after the development team were effectively sold/transferred to E.A.

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