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Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia (Windows)

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Description

Receiving news of her father's death, Catherine Ironfist, Queen of Enroth, sails for Erathia to attend her father's funeral. Fearing the worst, she assembles a military fleet as her escort. Arriving on the coast of Erathia, Catherine finds an allied wizard's tower, devastated from battle and abandoned. There she learns Erathia is falling to its enemies. Mustering local armies, Catherine marches to Erathia's capitol, restoring lost land along the way. Rescuing Erathia's besieged capitol, Catherine learns her father was poisoned with a goblet of wine. Setting herself up as queen, Catherine goes to war to restore Erathia's borders and discover her father's murderer. In the course of war, in an attempt to counter Catherine's recent successes, her enemies resurrect her buried father as an undead lich and make him general of their armies. Fighting her dead father's undead armies on the battlefield, Catherine continues her murder investigation and learns one of her most trusted generals was responsible. At the war'sconclusion, Catherine and her armies surround the last standing. Battling to the throne room, Catherine and her generals come face-to-face with Erathia's former king, now their undead enemy. From her assembled generals, Catherine points out the traitor. The undead king attacks and kills his murderer as Erathia's allied generals stand by and watch. Hunched over the dead body of his killer, the lich turns to the woman he named Catherine and once called daughter. Using a spell book, Catherine summons a lightning bolt from the sky and destroys her undead father. Sitting to the throne of her vanquished enemy, Catherine speaks, "Rest in peace father."

Better graphic, more colors, amazing animations, louder music, and same controls. The battle for lands continues, with different story and more units, spells and characters to use.

Screenshots

Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows on the battlefield
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows ... which look quite nice ...
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows The battle backgrounds don't look particularly impressive ...
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Windows There are many different types of towns ...

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法門英雄無敵3 (主程式)" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Герои Меча И Магии III: Возрождение Эрафии" -- Russian spelling
  • "HOMM 3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Heroes of Might and Magic III: A Restauração de Erathia" -- Brazilian title
  • "Heroes 3" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

This game defines "turn-based fantasy RPG strategy" Silverblade (1421) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Even now a great game. Ajan (262) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Very, very, VERY addictive. hikari_no_tsubasa (11) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
A damn fine game. Tomer Gabel (4388) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Fun for a short while Technocrat (176) unrated
A turn-based Strategy game that will fill many of your hours. El-ad Amir (110) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Classic game, but graphics really need improvement. Grov (646) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
This game has taken up many hours of my life. Attila (496) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Secret Service / New S Service Apr, 1999 9 out of 10 90
PC Jeux Jun, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Legendra Feb 08, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited May, 1999 8.6 out of 10 86
Jeuxvideo.com May 14, 1999 17 out of 20 85
Gamezilla Jul 26, 1999 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Apr 01, 1999 B+ 83

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Trivia

Genies

If you look really close at the Genies, you will notice they are female (at least, their clothes look female, they appear to have breasts and wear makeup). However, the upgraded Genies (Master Genies) are surely male.

References

  • The cheat codes for the game (without the expansions) are all quotes from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Have you ever noticed that the music that is played at the end of a week, when certain creatures grow at a higher rate, sounds almost exactly like a jingle that is often played in South Park?

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2000 - Most Addictive Game in 1999
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #35 in the " All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #25 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Chentzilla, Mobygamesisreanimated, PCGamer77 and Silverblade

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MAT (74189) added Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia (Windows) on May 25, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (122970) and MAT (74189)