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The lords of Chaos, Kinetics, Synthesis, and Vitality compete for dominance, each trying to possess ether, the world's governing force. The goal of each of these leaders is to defeat the current White Lord, the master of ether, and become the next White Lord of the realm.

Etherlords is a turn-based card strategy game set in a fantasy world. The player selects either the Kinet/Vital or the Chaot/Synthet campaign. The heroes in the game are the units the player moves around the strategic map, much like in Heroes of Might and Magic series. However, instead of having hordes of creatures following the hero, he/she is equipped with a deck of fifteen cards. With these cards the player can summon creatures and cast different spells.

In the beginning the player only has the standard set of cards available per race, but as different locations on the strategic map are captured, the player can buy new, more powerful cards. To buy cards the player needs resources, which can be simply picked up or acquired by capturing mines. Both the strategic map and the battlefield utilize 3D graphics.


Etherlords Windows Main menu.
Etherlords Windows Ouch!
Etherlords Windows Close-up of the "Male fighter" killing an "Orc guard".
Etherlords Windows A fight in the "Ethereal challenge" arena.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Демиурги" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Cool game idea, but some patches are seriously needed. Grov (667) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 28, 2001 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer Brasil Oct, 2002 86 out of 100 86
ActionTrip Dec 12, 2001 85 out of 100 85
PC Action Dec 10, 2001 83 out of 100 83 Nov 13, 2001 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2001 82 out of 100 82
IGN Dec 05, 2001 8.1 out of 10 81
GameSpot Dec 03, 2001 8.1 out of 10 81
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 21, 2002 80 out of 100 80
PC Zone Benelux Nov, 2001 80 out of 100 80


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Fishtank forced Nival to release the game before they were finished, so unfortunately the multiplayer mode is restricted to two players. The multiplayer was patched in version 1.06.

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Grov (667) added Etherlords (Windows) on Dec 20, 2001