Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne (Windows)

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Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne is about a young wizard named "Merlin". The world is unbalanced, and Merlin must fight against other powerful wizards to gain control of all the different Spheres of magic to bring back the balance.

This game is the sequel to the original Age of Wonders, released in 1999. It is a turn based strategy game, and is more like Master of Magic than Heroes of Might and Magic. Some new features in the game are the "Pioneer," which lets the player to build new cities, and the "Teleportation Gate" that allows units to teleport to any friendly city.

Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne is focused on magic. The leader is a powerful wizard, and for the most part of the game he stays in his "Wizard Tower," a powerful structure built in cities. This wizard has a certain range, or "Domain," in which he can cast his spells. To aid him are individual heroes, which can carry items and gain experience. There is also a wide variety of units to choose from, including the "Glutton" that can swallow his enemies whole, and the pretty "Nymph" that seduces her enemies.


Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows The event screen in the editor helps you create all sorts of triggers and events.
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows City production screen.
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows The other wizards don't like you much...
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows Your first mission briefing.

Alternate Titles

  • "奇迹时代II:巫师王座" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "AoW2" -- Abbreviated name
  • "Age of Wonders II: Tron Czarnoksieznika" -- Polish title
  • "Age of Wonders II: Der Zirkel der Zauberer" -- German title

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Flawed, but still a rather rare type of game that I'm glad I played Cavalary (6636) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
A great game, just as the first one. Grov (646) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A very hard game, but enjoyable to say the least. Luke Wheeler (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

Legendra Nov 06, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpot Jun 17, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Svenska PC Gamer Jul, 2002 88 out of 100 88
IGN Jun 24, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GBase - The Gamer's Base Mar 06, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Gameswelt Jul 19, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Gameguru Mania Jul 01, 2002 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2002 77 out of 100 77
GameZone Jun 17, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74


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The race "Highmen" in AoW was renamed to "Archons" in AoW 2: The Wizards Throne. Reason? The devs didn't like that the sound of the word "highmen" is quite similar to another English word, which means something completely different....


During final testing it was discovered that the Nymphs' nipples could actually be seen at 200% zoom. The Nymphs were given some more clothes in the final game....


The hero portraits are actually remade pictures of the developers and some other people. Here's a list (made originally by Martijn Holtkamp) :

Torgal: Lennart Sas

Winger & Jack: Arno van Wingerden

Joseph: Josh Farley

Federick: Menno Sas

Avernus & The spirit of Order: Arnout Sas

Wazzz: Martijn Holtkamp

Khitan: Mao lin Liao

Ham Binger: Raymond Bingham

Morrandir: Djurre van Dijk

Petrog: Peter de Groot

Taberu: famous actor

Belendor: famous actor

Arcos: Jaap guy (don't ask me)

Elme: famous actrice

Dana, Shenga, Chanta, Estra: The Triumph studios women.

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Grov (646) added Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne (Windows) on Jun 13, 2002