Rage of Mages (Windows)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

Worth a try, but be prepared for a long grind Alex Z (1386) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Better than I expected Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
Yuck. Tomer Gabel (4353) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (20 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Game Over Online
Rage of Mages is, in resume, one of the most interesting games of the genre to hit the hard drives in quite a while, and, given adequate appreciation, can definitely become one of the better RPGs of these days. It doesn't overload the player with incredible amounts of statistics tracking, but yet manages to keep the interest in because of all the action and the unwrapping storyline. Definitely one to check out - haven't seen anything like this in a while (if ever?).
Gameplay (Benelux)
Zoek je een eenvoudig maar boeiend hack & slash spel dat binnen de 30 uur is voltooid, kies dan voor Rage of Mages. Wil je echter een veel grotere en complexere wereld betreden, waar je meer dan 100 uur zoet mee bent met het hakken en het slashen, kies dan voor Baldur's Gate. Zo simpel is het.
Power Unlimited
Ik vind de combinatie van RPG en real-time strategiegame redelijk geslaagd. Er zitten nog een paar kleine kinderziekten in het spel, maar dat mag de pret niet drukken. Rage of Mages heeft duidelijk een eigen smoelwerk gekregen.
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
Rage of Mages is a very good adventure role playing game. Not to many games of this genre are worth checking out, this game is the exception. I enjoyed playing it and found myself wanting to play more. If your enjoy role playing or dungeons and dragons, and always wanted to mix in real-time strategy, this would be a good choice.
Bref, nous avons là à faire à un très bon jeu de rôle, dans lequel la gestion des caractéristiques de votre personnage est très intéressante. Parfois, les quêtes sont un peu longues et on passe beaucoup de temps à explorer la carte, mais on finit toujours par arriver au but sans se lasser, c'est bien l'essentiel.
Power Play
Eigentlich könnte man diesen Meinungskasten in einem Satz zusammenfassen: „Rage of Mages“ macht Spaß! Schwieriger wird es schon, zu erklären, warum das so ist, denn auf den ersten Blick macht das Spiel vor allem optisch keinen so überwältigenden Eindruck. Aber die Story ist frisch und fantasievoll, die Helden erwecken durch gelegentliche Diskussionen den Eindruck, lebendige Leute mit ganz unterschiedlichen Charakteren und Ansichten zu sein. Bei der Mischung der Genre-Elemente hatte jemand ein glückliches Händchen, und nicht zuletzt tragen wohl die scharf abgegrenzten und gut durchkonstruierten Aufträge ihr Scherflein zum Spaß bei. Auf die Art kann man zwischen Feierabend und Date mit der Freundin schnell noch eine Runde Goblins plätten, ohne daß die Dame sich wegen Vernachlässigung beschwert. Gut, das Handling ist manchmal umständlicher, als es sein müßte, aber andererseits auch nicht so schlimm, daß deshalb ernsthafte Abzüge am Spielspaß festzustellen wären.
On the surface, Rage of Mages looks and even plays much like Blizzard's Warcraft II or any other real-time strategy game. But within lies an elaborate experience system, an involving plot, and a remarkable quantity of mundane and magical items waiting to be discovered. It's not a technologically impressive game, nor is it particularly original in any specific regard, but its solid combination of features collectively form a unique and enjoyable role-playing game.
PC Games (Germany)
Rage of Mages ist ein solide gemachtes, stimmungsvolles Spiel, das durch die starke Betonung auf Action-reiche Echtzeitkämpfe allerdings eher den Diablo-Fan als den klassischen Rollenspieler ansprechen wird. Die recht hübsche Grafik und die lange Gesamtspielzeit von über 50 Stunden dürften bei Freunden des Genres für lange Motivation an verschneiten Winterabenden sorgen.
PC Player (Germany)
Nicht zuletzt dank des gemäßigten Preises ist Rage of Mages ein bekömmlicher Pausenfüller, um die Wartezeit auf Diablo 2 zu vertreiben.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The combination of a great story and good quests make Rage of Mages an all-around good game. It is certainly limited by its own indecision as to what type of game it wants to be, but there is a good amount of gameplay here for those looking for something a little different. Most people who play Rage of Mages will enjoy it, and to that extent the game is a success; it just won’t “wow” anyone in the process.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
It’s highly unusual for the person who wrote the sneak preview for CGW also write the review. With RAGE OF MAGES, however, I felt it was necessary. I had hoped it would become the next DIABLO—Monte Haul role-playing with a bit more depth. Instead, it’s a game for people with patience. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include most of us.
Rage of Mages kept me entertained for about four days. It can be frustratingly difficult at times, but I would have found it much more entertaining if I had really felt like I was role-playing. Its graphical interface is only moderately decent, but the gameplay is quite simple and the learning curve is negligible. If it had been longer, and if I had not been compelled to play through every inch of every map just to build up my characters, I would recommend it to just about anyone fond of fantasy or RTS games. Nevertheless, Rage of Mages is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to pass the time.
GameStar (Germany)
Kombinationen aus Strategie- und Rollenspiel sind selten und funktionieren meist nicht besonders: Entweder hapert’s mit der Stimmung (zuwenig Rollenspiel) oder die Spielmechanik ist zu durchschaubar (zuwenig Strategie). Rage of Mages mischt die beteiligten Genres so, daß es gleich an beiden Enden ein bißchen fehlt. Das Spielprinzip selbst hat seinen Reiz, allerdings sind mir die Aufträge zu simpel und die Handlung ist zu linear
RoM is an action oriented console-style RPG, so fans of traditional RPGs (like myself) will become quickly bored with this game. Even fans of console-style RPGs (which, if done correctly, work brilliantly . . . Final Fantasy VII for instance) probably won't like RoM because of its quirky interface, incompetent AI, and lack of any innovation. Avoid this one.
PC Gamer
While the combat model works in real-time strategy games, it’s totally inappropriate for an RPG. Whether you’re a mage or a warrior, you attack your enemies the same way: by clicking on them and watching your little guys do their stuff. Mages are armed with staves that fire an endless number of bolts. There are plenty of familiar spells (fireballs, lightning bolts, protection spells, attack aids, etc.), but they really have little overall effect on the game; you’re more likely to win in combat if you just let your mages keep firing bolts than by clicking through the magic system for a semi-effective spell. The quests feel more like those single-player C&C "puzzle" missions that everyone hates, which don’t involve any base building. Imagine thirty missions of that.