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 Gate to the fortress of Utran
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Loading your game. What on earth is she wearing?
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Cut-scene showing the liberated castle
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Attacking the enemy tower with a hero (alas, it cannot be attacked with bow and arrow)

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 (8126) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Death is meaningless Flapco (3976) 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
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2004 86 out of 100 86
GameZone Mar 01, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamesmania.de Dec 16, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Worth Playing Feb 22, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2004 7.75 out of 10 78
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Jun 02, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May 09, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan 14, 2004 6 out of 10 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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John Chaser (459) added SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows) on Jan 18, 2004