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Age of Wonders (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Age of Wonders is a good concept for a game, but aside from some good elements, it is a bad implementation of those ideas. Droog (463) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Warlords 3.9 meets Master of Magic - what could be better? Jean-Paul Cardinal (16) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Heroes of Might & Magic meets Master of Magic - and doesn't quite live up to the names. Tomer Gabel (4388) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Not only does it match HoMM and MoM, it surpasses them. atrahasis (127) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
AoW sets the standard for future fantasy TBS-games. Grov (646) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
This game reminds me of Master of Magic without the replay value. Jeff Watts (21) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall MobyScore (58 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Gameguru Mania
Age Of Wonders is not breakthrough title, but it pushes the aspects of turn-based strategy playing to the limit. In the pack you will find one big campaign consisting of several continual scenarios, or you can select one from many single scenarios playable on single computer, or as a multiplayer match on IPX or TCP/IP (Internet).
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Age of Wonders is a game of details and thoughtfulness. It's a game that is aimed at everyone who has ever played Warlords III or Heroes III and wished they had been the producer. It's a game that is also directed at anyone who has enjoyed an epic fantasy novel and wished someone would truly capture that tingling feel you get when you get to the big battle scenes. This is a game that will sweep you away. Forgive me, my dear Heroes of Might and Magic III, but I've found another one who understands my needs. Don't worry, we'll still be friends.
91
Just RPG
Age of Wonders has too many useful features to list here, but some of them include a choice between tactical and automatic combat (though Masters of Magic did have that feature), multiple nonessential Heroes, a relations screen, 12 truly unique races, branching campaigns ... the list goes on and on. Overall, the pros of Age of Wonders greatly outweigh the cons. This game is a must-have in almost any gamer's library.
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Just Adventure
Age of Wonders has too many useful features to list here, but some of them include a choice between tactical and automatic combat (though Masters of Magic did have that feature), multiple nonessential Heroes, a relations screen, 12 truly unique races, branching campaigns ... the list goes on and on. Overall, the pros of Age of Wonders greatly outweigh the cons. This game is a must-have in almost any gamer's library.
90
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Age of Wonders is een schitterend spel, dat elke fan van turnbased fantasygames gewoon in z'n bezit moet hebben.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Age Of Wonders proves that there is still life in turn based strategy games. The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is addictive, and everything is balanced almost to perfection. And with the ability to go back and play through scenarios in control of any of the main races, as well as multiplayer over Heat.net, LANs, and internet, and even a play by e-mail option, the game certainly has plenty of replay potential. Well worth a look for all but the most hardened adrenaline junkies.
88
IGN
Anyway if you are at all interested in turn-based strategy games with a fantasy theme, go get this game. Then definitely get the newest patch, remember to change the AI settings to 'Lord', fool around with the scenarios and the editor, and before you know it winter will be over and you'll wonder where all your time went. And that's about all you can ask from a strategy game.
87
GameSpy
Age of Wonders does remind us of such classics as HoMM, Master of Magic and Warlords III, but the game takes the best aspects of each of these and throws in its own modifications. With everything in the blender, Age of Wonders is a quality TBS and one that any fan of the fantasy genre should try.
86
Power Unlimited
Age Of Wonders is een juweeltje. Niet bijster origineel maar wel super uitgebreid en met heel veel gameplay. Bovendien, eindelijk weer een game met normale specs. Hollandse kost die je met plezier je PC in rost!
86
GameSpot
Age of Wonders isn't ostentatious or innovative. Though it does do a handful of new things, its basic gameplay involves exploring a map, claiming as many resources as possible, and generating units at your towns to form armies to wage war with your opponent's similarly created armies. Specifically, its map exploration, resource management, and unit-based armies bear a striking resemblance to other turn-based strategy games that have been released before it. Age of Wonders encompasses many facets of games that have preceded it, but it adds improvements of its own and is consequently a complex and highly evolved strategy game.
83
Game Revolution
All in all, this is a tough grade to game. It is a well-executed, carefully crafted, fun game; but it only takes small steps forward where it could have taken leaps. Nevertheless, the gameplay is unique and very, very fun.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Now, I hate bugs almost as much as elves — but AGE OF WONDERS has made me live with them both. This is one of those games I wish I could wait a month or so to finish rating, since my hunch is that, once patched, this could be a five-star title. Even as it currently stands, its way, way above average, and anyone with even the slightest interest in turn-based strategy games owes it to themselves to check it out.
80
Withingames
Als Veteran der Heroes of Might and Magic Serie hat mich Age of Wonders gleich von Anfang an fasziniert. Am meisten gefällt mir, dass ich in meinen Aktionen wesentlich freier bin, als dies in Heroes mit seinem erheblich strafferen Gameplay der Fall ist. Die tolle Atmosphäre hat mich trotz mäßiger Grafik ebenfalls sofort in ihren Bann gezogen. Kaum ein anderes Strategiespiel hat es bisher geschafft, mir eine so glaubhafte klassische Fantasywelt im Stil von Tolkiens „Herr der Ringe“ zu vermitteln. Age of Wonders ist ein echter Geheimtipp. Jedem Fan von Fantasy und Rundenstrategie kann ich nur eins empfehlen: Kaufen!
80
ESC Magazine
In all, it makes for a fun ride, albeit one that probably will be overshadowed by the HoMM games. Pick this one up before it fades into legend.
80
Game Captain
Die Neuauflage des alten Klassikers ist geglückt, ich hätte mir ein paar mehr Animationen und Zwischensequenzen gewünscht, aber der Spielspaß leidet darunter nicht. Zu erwähnen wäre noch das instruktive Tutorial - das Handbuchstudium konnte ich mir weitestgehend ersparen - sowie ein brauchbarer Editor für die Fleißigen unter uns.
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Svenska PC Gamer
Jag känner att jag biter mig lite i tummen här... jag har alltid haft svårt för spel som inte gör annat än återanvänder andra idéer. Men å andra sidan, som en Quake-kamrat påpekade för mig häromdagen när jag utgjöt mig över hur lika spelen i denna 3D-pang-pang-serie är: "Spelvärdet är så högt, att nytänkandet inte spelar någon roll." Han har kanske rätt. Så därför kan jag bara säga att trots att AOW på ytan inte är särskilt upphetsande, och även under skalet inte döljer något nytt, så är det väldigt roligt. Faktum är att det är så roligt att jag ska sluta skriva dumheter nu och fortsätta spela istället.
80
PC Games (Germany)
Eine Welt ist in Gefahr. Nach dem Fall des Elfenreiches herrscht das Chaos im Fantasyland und es liegt an Ihnen und Ihrer Armee, Frieden und Ordnung wiederherzustellen. Der Mensch ist die Wurzel allen übels. Zumindest dann, wenn man der Story von Age of Wonders Glauben schenkt. Vor langer Zeit regierten die Elfen ein namenloses Fantasiereich und hielten die Balance zwischen den Mächten des Lichts und der Dunkelheit.
79
Power Play
Wer ein Freund von Fantasystrategie im Rundenformat ist, kommt um „Age of Wonders“ ganz und gar nicht herum!
78
Gamesmania
Die geniale Mixtur von HOMM 3 wurde so gründlich nachgeahmt, dass sich das Spiel beinahe so gut spielt wie das Original. Beinahe, wohlgemerkt, denn überall dort, wo EPIC und die Mittäter von den Triumph Studios versucht haben, eigene Ideen einzubauen, sinkt das Niveau plötzlich. Diese Spielfeatures nutzen eher der Vorbeugung gegen Plagiatsklagen als dem Spielspaß. Da man das bei EPIC wohl ähnlich gesehen hat, halten sich solche Neuerungen in Grenzen. Zudem ist der mitgelieferte Karteneditor ein feiner Zug, der für kostenlosen Nachschub sorgen sollte. Alles in allem also ein etwas schöneres, etwas schlechteres Heroes 3, das allen Fans dieser Art Spiel zumindest ein Probespiel wert sein sollte.
78
Imperium Gier
Age of Wonders naprawdę jest bardzo dobrą grą.. Wszyscy miłośnicy Heroes'ow bez wątpienia polubią tę produkcję. Za naprawdę niewielki pieniądze otrzymujemy grę, która zapewni nam ładnych kilkanaście wieczorów zabawy. Muszę przyznać, że takie właśnie niespodzianki lubię najbardziej.
78
Game Over Online
Perhaps the worst thing I can say about Age of Wonders is the permeating feeling of "been there done that". It's so bluntly a rip-off of HOMM that you can't help but compare the two. Nevertheless, I feel that the few changes (especially the much more complex battles and deeper hero advancement) and the intriguing campaign make it a worthy addition to any turn-based fan's collection. I hope GoD comes up with more original innovations for the (probable) sequel.
75
Strategy Gaming Online
Anyway, I really enjoyed Age of Wonders, despite some initial questions with the graphics giving a weak first impression. I found the campaign to be a satisfyingly postmodern story that actually was interesting to read. It was even better to play, and I felt that I was actually accomplishing something. There have been a lot of comparisons between Disciples and AoW. Having the good fortune to play both, I understand why, but they are entirely different and complimentary games. Disciples is a beautiful, atmospheric game with a smaller scale. Age of Wonders is also beautiful in its own way, but is much more of a direct "I’m playing a war game" feeling that some people like and some don’t. I know I certainly did.
73
PC Player (Germany)
Schade, schade, schade. Endlich mal ein Rundenstrategiespiel mit schmissiger Story, von Leuten, die sich auskennen und den "Herrn der Ringe" lieben. Hat mir der Projektleiter persönlich mit leuchtenden Augen erzählt. Und dann dieser dümmliche Computer-Algorithmus, der aus einem Strategiespiel mit vielen guten Zutaten ein Verschiebe-Spielchen macht. Aber noch ist nicht alles verloren. Im Mehrspieler-Betrieb zeigt uns Age of Wonders seine Stärken: Durchdacht, etwas umständlich, aber mit großer strategischer Tiefe.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
AOW will certainly be a hit with those who enjoy turn-based fantasy strategy releases. It takes many of the best traits of its predecessors and shamelessly uses them to its own advantage. The hero-development system, hand painted graphics and unique units give the gameplay a novel feel, though, overall, AOW walks a well-worn path. Furthermore, while it succeeds in bringing new features to the genre, what keeps AOW from achieving true greatness is that it doesn’t come up with enough new aspects to truly stand alone. While this title does not break fresh ground or stand out in any one area, what it does do–and very well–is create an interesting world where replayability and character building are paramount.
70
Game.EXE
Игра получилась, всё при ней: магические школы с многочисленными спеллами - на твёрдую "пятёрку". Лидер с классическими скиллами и система распределения XP - отлично. Масштаб, размах и т.п. - в полный рост. Похоже одновременно на HoMM и на MoM - неплохо. Отсутствие замороченной системы хозяйствования (всех ресурсов - золото и магическая энергия) - вообще замечательно. Отсутствие ограничения на количество собственных войск - мечта. Чёрт возьми, чего же здесь не хватает?! Вы будете смеяться. Изюминки не хватает. Лёгкости какой-то, что-ли. Тот самый случай, когда перо сочинителя бессильно передать эмоции.
70
GameStar (Germany)
Liebe Entwickler, wenn ihr schon von Heroes of Might & Magic 3 klaut, dann nehmt euch doch auch dessen Kampfsystem zum Vorbild. Eures ist nämlich nur halb so spannend. Auch ansonsten bleibt das Vorbild klarer Sieger. Dafür sind die Einsätze von Age of Wonders fast alle sehr durchdacht aufgebaut und werden von einer guten Story zusammengehalten. Auch ist der Schwierigkeitsgrad eher moderat – zur Freude von Einsteigern, die mit Age of Wonders ein schönes Fantasy-Strategiespiel bekommen.
70
Electric Playground
OK, if the opening was too obtuse for you right brained, binary coded technogeeks to follow, Age of Wonders is a turn based strategy game set in a fantasy realm, much like the venerable Heroes of Might & Magic series. Age of Wonders does distinguish itself with some engaging additions to this style of gameplay, particularly in the overworld strategy, but it lacks the heart (there's that metaphor again) of a true champion.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Age Of Wonders est un remake de Heroes of Might & Magic, ni plus ni moins. Du coup, évidemment, dans le fond, c’est un très bon jeu, aucun problème là-dessus. Mais on attendait un peu de nouveauté, et de plus, la réalisation est moins bonne que pour la référence du genre. Les graphismes sont honnêtes, sans plus, les personnages et décors trop petits… Pour conclure, je préconiserait donc aux néophytes d’essayer Age Of Wonders, et aux pros des jeux heroïc-fantasy de passer leur chemin, ils n’apprendront rien de plus.
70
GamePro (US)
Microprose's Master of Magic was an innovative turn-based strategy game that combined six distinct magic systems, fourteen highly-specialized races, city building, diplomacy, plenty of combat, dozens of heroes, and a random world generator. Five years after its popular release, the Dutch company Triumph Studios has done its own MoM-style game. Eliminating the city building, Age of Wonders focuses heavily on combat, magic and diplomacy--with mixed results.
63
WomenGamers.com
I’m a sucker for strategy games. Maybe it’s the depth of play, or the thrill of wresting control of the world from the digitized hands of my CPU foes, whatever it is, I find few things more mentally stimulating than a good strategy game. Unfortunately, Age of Wonders doesn’t fit that category. It is good, and it is a strategy game, it’s just not both at once. While AoW is well made, and often entertaining, its Achilles’ heel is its poor AI. And of course, in a strategy game, AI is paramount.
60
Game industry News (GiN)
I received an upgrade to a 500 MHZ Pentium III for Christmas and ran this game on it. It is indeed a different game. In simultaneous mode all the computer opponents were done before I was and tactical combat was a pleasure to behold and take part of. This is certainly a worthwhile game if you have a 300 MHZ Pentium II or better machine!
55
PC Zone
But despite this, the game is fun. You do find yourself wanting to play for 'one more hour' - just to see what the next map's gonna be like. But with a thirty four quid price ticket, you have got to be a fan of the genre. If not, then avoid.