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 with more campaigns, scenarios, units, spells, and heroes. The game also includes all the campaigns and scenarios from Reign of Heroes and has a map/scenario editor.

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 start of the tutorial. Not much subtlety in this game - the object is to crush everyone else.
Warlords III: Darklords Rising Windows Barbarians
Warlords III: Darklords Rising Windows Necromancer's protrait

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Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
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
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 29, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Sep 02, 1998 8 out of 10 80
GameGenie 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Aug, 1998 71 out of 100 71
PC Action Jul, 1998 68 out of 100 68
Game Over Online Mar, 1999 60 out of 100 60


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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 (5211) added Warlords III: Darklords Rising (Windows) on Feb 27, 2001