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

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
83
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4.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows Research spells and skills.
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows Your wizard sits in his tower casting spells at a safe distance from battle.
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows ... but still no match.
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne Windows The other wizards don't like you much...

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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User Reviews

Flawed, but still a rather rare type of game that I'm glad I played Cavalary (5096) 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

The Press Says

Game Vortex 2002 90 out of 100 90
Svenska PC Gamer Jul, 2002 88 out of 100 88
ActionTrip Jun 21, 2002 87 out of 100 87
Gamigo Jul 30, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GBase - The Gamer's Base Mar 06, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Jun 24, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Pelit Aug, 2002 82 out of 100 82
Krawall Gaming Network Jul 23, 2002 79 out of 100 79
GameZone Jun 17, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
ESC Magazine Sep 25, 2002 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Archons

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....

Nymphs

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....

Portraits

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