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Lords of Magic (Windows)

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Description

In the fantasy world known as Urak, supporters of eight different religions constantly fight each other. One of them is Balkoth, known as the Lord of Death, who worships the dark deity Golgoth. Balkoth has sworn to destroy all other faiths in the name of his own god. The other lords have to expand their ranks and defend themselves against the mad zealot.

Lords of Magic is a strategy game that combines turn-based exploration and resource management with real-time combat. The player can choose to control any of the lords who oppose Balkoth. Each nation (faith) commanded by a lord has its own specific units. Before engaging in an offensive, the player must liberate a Great Temple for the faith of his/her choice. It is also necessary to build a stronghold, develop the nation's capital city, and recruit troops.

The troops are led by a champion, representing the "hero" of the game. This hero can be either a warrior, a thief, or a mage, possessing the classical advantages and disadvantages of these classes: the warrior is good in close combat, the thief can sabotage enemy armies, and the physically weak mage can cast devastating spells. The isometric combat proceeds in real-time, with an option to simply calculate the result of a battle immediately, depending on the participants' statistics.

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Lords of Magic Windows A Storm Giant Mage hard at work researching spells.
Lords of Magic Windows Choose one of 8 different factions - Law, Chaos, Life, Death, Air, Fire, Earth, or Water.  However, Death isn't a playable Faction until you've played at least one full game and defeated Balkoth.
Lords of Magic Windows The capital city of the domain of Fire.
Lords of Magic Windows The Lord of your people, based on your Leader and Faction choices.

Alternate Titles

  • "Владыки магии" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

A fun game, with a flaw or two Afterburner (477) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

The Press Says

Electric Games 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Action Dec 17, 1997 86.5 out of 100 86
Power Play Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Mega Score Mar, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Imperium Gier Oct 10, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Jeux Dec, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Gamezilla Nov 09, 1999 61 out of 100 61
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

The first release was so filled with bugs, that Sierra eventually had to release a patch called Lords Of Magic 2.0 . This caused some confusion, as some gamers thought this was actually a new release of the game. That release did come about a year later with Lords Of Magic: Special Edition which among other things added the premise of special quests.
Isak (603) added Lords of Magic (Windows) on Jul 28, 2000