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Sacrifice (Windows)

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In this Real Time Strategy game, the player plays a wizard who escaped his own ruined world, only to arrive to a world who has quarreling gods, each trying to become the most powerful. On each of the different levels of the game, the Wizard can choose another God to support, and according to that God you'll get new spells and creatures. After finishing the game, each player will have his own unique set of spells.

As said before, this game is a real time strategy game, but unlike the traditional Top-Down view, it features a third-person view (much like Tomb Raider or Oni), and emphasizes combat rather than resources management. The most important resource, Souls, which is used to summon creatures, can only be obtained through combat- and there's a limited number of souls on the map.

The game's multiplayer option is very similar to Blizzard's Battle.Net- you can log on to the company's chat room and find new players to play with. You can either choose a God to serve (and get all of his creatures) or load one of your Single-player wizards, so you'll have your own unique set.


Sacrifice Windows An in-game confrontation preludes a fight scene at a farm.
Sacrifice Windows Daven is a filled with moral dilemmas for the player.
Sacrifice Windows choosing your campaign
Sacrifice Windows An explosion spell is cast underneath a swarm of enemies.

Alternate Titles

  • "牺牲" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Жертвоприношение" -- Russian spelling
  • "Xisheng" -- Chinese title
  • "Sacrifice: Im Auftrag Der Götter" -- German title

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User Reviews

Confusing at first, but amazing after some practice. El-ad Amir (110) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Great game with sentimental value Alex M. (1167) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fantastic game not represented by its sales neko_ (6) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A genre of it's own ! Henry Aloni (64) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An absolutely amazing game worth checking out now! (might as well, saw it for 5 bucks with some other game at CompUSA) Archagon (102) unrated
Still kicks a** a decade later anton treuenfels (37) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2000 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Nov 06, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 28, 2000 17 out of 20 85
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Nov 30, 2000 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Gry OnLine Dec 28, 2000 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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1001 Video Games

Sacrifice appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Did you know that Sacrifice was one of the first games to ever implement a scalable engine? That means that it would look better on better computers.


Everybody knows Shiny's Earth Worm Jim, but nobody in our world ever heard about the Earth God James and his powerful bovine spells... Until now.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2001 (Issue #201) – Strategy Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Best Genre Bender
  • PC Player
    • Issue 01/2001 – Most Original Game in 2000
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Related Web Sites

  • Sacrifice (official website)
  • Sacrifice Casts a Spell on Mac OS X (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Sacrifice, with commentary being provided by employees of MacPlay (October, 2001).)
  • Sacrifice Center (Look up news, polls, interviews, forums, and game information on this site.)
Adam Baratz (1344) added Sacrifice (Windows) on Dec 29, 2000
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