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Heroes of Might and Magic (Windows)

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Description

Heroes of Might and Magic is a turn-based strategy game in which the player takes on the role of one of four different heroes: the warlock, sorceress, barbarian, or knight. As the hero the player must build up his or her castle by adding different buildings to earn different units to strengthen the hero's army with. Units include dragons, cyclopes, phoenixes, paladins, and many more fantasy creatures. Bulidings and units cost money and resources. Buildings can also be upgraded to unlock new unit types.

Another aspect of the game is exploring the world and discovering treasures, spells, mines to gather resources, nomad camps, magic lamps, ultimate artifacts, and more. The game uses a top down map in which the player can move his heroes a number of spaces each turn. Whenever the player encounters an enemy hero or castle a battle is shown in a close-up view.

During battles all the player's units are shown as stacks. The player can move these stacks around on a hexagonal grid. Different units have different movement and attack capabilities requiring different strategies to use and overcome.

The goal is to defeat all opponents by conquering their castles and defeating their heroes in battle. The player must also defend his own castles from enemy attacks. The player's heroes can collect spells to use in battle and can boost the units under their command, but they otherwise don't have a presence on the battlefields. The heroes collects experience points in typical RPG manner which boosts its stats. In addition items can be collected for additional bonuses.

The PC version has a campaign mode, the Game Boy Color version has not.


Screenshots

Heroes of Might and Magic Windows Attack on neutral orcs units
Heroes of Might and Magic Windows There are several game modes, one of which is campaign which plays one scenario at a time.
Heroes of Might and Magic Windows Different castles breed different units, but you must build your city first.
Heroes of Might and Magic Windows Human archers are slow, but will still fire before your close combat units reach them.

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法门之英雄无敌" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "魔法門英雄無敵" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "HOMM" -- Informal name
  • "Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Geroi Mecha i Magii" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

Best concept ever to hit strategy gaming!!! Lord Matthias (18) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming since 198x Jul 24, 2009 4 out of 5 80
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1995 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot May 01, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Jan, 1996 71 out of 100 71
Legendra Jul 26, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Inspiration

This game is strongly based on King's Bounty, also made by New World Computing.

Might & Magic connections

The game's characters were based on similar characters found in the series that Heroes was spun off from, the Might & Magic series.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #133 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #60 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
Information also contributed by MAT

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Benjamin Tucker (270) added Heroes of Might and Magic (Windows) on Jan 04, 2000
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