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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 each of the thirteen most powerful mages (both light and dark) on EO, who collectively were known as The Circle. The Circle ruled EO before its destruction and had slowly expanded their knowledge and power. Their vast knowledge allowed them to extend their lifespan to a point near immortality. Across EO they resurrected rune monuments that could be used to quickly call forth obedient armies to enforce their rule (known as the Rune) and bring peace to all the races of EO. At some point they learned of an ancient text describing a ritual supposedly granting immense power, possible under a certain alignment of planets. Not willing to share this power, wars between the various Circle mages erupted. When the time came each preformed the ritual, but none could tame the elemental forces and the continents shattered. After the event only isolated islands around magical towers remained. The islands were later connected by magical portals that make travel between them possible. At the start of the game the player is resurrected by Rohen, a former mage of The Circle. He is also the one who connected the islands using the portal system in an act to redeem himself and is believed to be the only mage of The Circle to have survived the Convocation. He instructs you to travel to Greyfell, the headquarters of the Order of Dawn. Soon after this you learn that a second Circle mage has survived and embark on a quest to inform Rohen of this fact.

SpellForce is a real-time strategy game with RPG elements, similar to Battle Realms. Unlike that game, SpellForce gives more focus to 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 and used for fast travel).

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 into the rune board, they can be trained at their respective monument and help the player in the quest. The player will also find building planes for each of the races. When a monument of a race is switched on worker units can be trained to gather resources and construct buildings. This will eventually allow the player to train fighting units to overcome an enemy base. With the avatar rising in level runes and items of a higher level can be used to kill tougher enemies. 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 Attacking the enemy tower with a hero (alas, it cannot be attacked with bow and arrow)
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Barbarians go for the Darkelf Titan (Arachnis)
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Line of archers mowing down the orc invaders before they get a chance to swing their weapons
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Gathering resources allows you to build structures and units

Promo Images

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Wallpaper
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Wallpaper
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Wallpaper
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Wallpaper

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 (8123) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Death is meaningless Flapco (7598) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 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

Critic Reviews

PC Action Nov 26, 2003 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Dec 17, 2003 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2003 85 out of 100 85
GameZone Mar 01, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Joystick (French) Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameBanshee Apr 06, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2004 7.75 out of 10 78
Game Revolution Mar, 2004 B 75
Just RPG Apr 02, 2004 75 out of 100 75
4Players.de Nov 28, 2003 74 out of 100 74

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Trivia

Development

The first three (of overall four) years of development were spent by making Spellforce a MMORPG. In the end it was changed to a single-player title because the publisher JoWood did not want to provide the necessary infrastructure.

Mega Score release

The game was featured as the October 2005 covermount of Mega Score, the longest running Portuguese video gaming mag, but the discs (duplicated in Zaragoza, Spain) kept the SecuROM copy protection measures, which (obviously) recognized the CDs as copies, and refused to install.

To make up for that, the magazine offered the game again (with a non-faulty batch) in the following month, and offered to replace the faulty discs for casual magazine buyers.

Spanish release

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

References

One of the NPCs you'll meet has the name Rigour Mortis. The name is very similar to a sign of death called rigor mortis (immobility of a dead body). By the way, the NPC is pale-faced.

Information also contributed by jaXen and Luis Silva.

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John Chaser (458) added SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows) on Jan 18, 2004