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Warlords III: Darklords Rising (Windows)

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Warlords III: Darklords Rising is an improved or "gold" version of the 1997 release Warlords III: Reign of Heroes. It has the same graphics and interface but has more campaigns, scenarios, units, spells and heroes. Darklords Rising also includes all the campaigns and scenarios from Reign of Heroes. Best of all, Darklords Rising has a map/scenario editor.

Warlords III: Darklords Rising is a turn-based "conquer the map" type of game set in a medieval fantasy world, so you'll be commanding armies of orcs, dwarves etc.

Gameplay is all about creating army stacks, which can contain up to 8 units, and combining the right bonuses. You then use your armies to conquer cities. These cities produce your units and give you the gold to fund your campaign. Armies can be lead by a hero, but it's not absolutely necessary. You can use your heroes to search interesting sites like caves and monoliths. Also your heroes can accept subquests to raise their experience.

The game focuses only on big battles; there is no micro management in this game. When two armies meet, the battle is executed automatically. Warlords lacks Heroes of Might & Magic's tactical combat.


Warlords III: Darklords Rising Windows Knight's raid
Warlords III: Darklords Rising Windows The game's main menu
Warlords III: Darklords Rising Windows Hard decision
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All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Sep 18, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla Nov 09, 1998 85 out of 100 85
IGN Sep 02, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 29, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 1998 69 out of 100 69
PC Action Jul, 1998 68 out of 100 68
Game Over Online Mar, 1999 60 out of 100 60
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1998 59 out of 100 59


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Fans of the game Warlords II Deluxe were dissapointed when Warlords III: Reign of Heroes came out, because it had no editor. But Strategic Studies Group responded to the requests and complaints of gamers and hence Warlords III: Darklords Rising was born.

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Roedie (5225) added Warlords III: Darklords Rising (Windows) on Feb 27, 2001