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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows)

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Description

EO, the world in which the game takes place was torn apart by a ritual called the Convocation. The ritual caused the destruction of the continents and was performed by thirteen most powerful mages (collectively known as The Circle) of EO. After the ritual only isolated island around magical towers remained. The islands are connected by magical portals that make travel between them possible.

SpellForce is a real-time strategy game with RPG elements, similar to Battle Realms. Unlike that game, SpellForce gives more focus on the hero. In fact, the player can go into third person view (only for the hero) and play it like a hack and slash game. The game features six playable races. The player character is called a rune warrior, an immortal warrior bound to a stone by The Circle to fight their wars. If the avatar dies, he will respawn at the last activated bindstone (stones around the map that can be activated). As the game progresses the player will find rune stones of six races (humans, dwarves, elves, orcs, trolls and dark elves) and hero runes. After being inserted in the rune board, they can be trained at their respective monument and help the player in the quest. The game has a lengthy single player campaign of 20+ maps. It was followed by two expansions called The Breath of Winter and Shadow of the Phoenix.

Screenshots

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows The lighting effects are nice, and the transitions between night and day looks very good.
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Building a mine
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows A merchant
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Inventory

Alternate Titles

  • "咒语力量:秩序黎明" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SpellForce: Zakon Switu" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

Very interesting game Riamus (8121) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
For rabid RTS fans, RPG fans and everyone else stay away! Grov (646) 1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars
Stunning Graphics in Brilliant Real-time RPG/Strategy Hybrid Klirr (76) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Feb, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Games (Germany) Dec 17, 2003 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2004 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Factornews Jan 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Mar, 2004 B 75
Just RPG Apr 02, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Jun 02, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
Fragland.net Mar 11, 2004 66 out of 100 66
GameSpy Mar 08, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Some copies of the Spanish release include an invalid cd key and the customer service is often hard to reach.

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Karthik KANE (460) added SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows) on Jan 18, 2004