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Heroes of Might and Magic

aka: Geroi Mecha i Magii, HOMM, Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest, Heroes of Might and Magic: Eine strategische herausforderung
Moby ID: 668
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Heroes of Might and Magic is a turn-based strategy game in which the player takes on the role of one of four different heroes: the warlock, sorceress, barbarian, or knight. As the hero the player must build up his or her castle by adding different buildings to earn different units to strengthen the hero's army with. Units include dragons, cyclopes, phoenixes, paladins, and many more fantasy creatures. Buildings and units cost money and resources. Buildings can also be upgraded to unlock new unit types.

Another aspect of the game is exploring the world and discovering treasures, spells, mines to gather resources, nomad camps, magic lamps, ultimate artifacts, and more. The game uses a top down map in which the player can move his heroes a number of spaces each turn. Whenever the player encounters an enemy hero or castle a battle is shown in a close-up view.

During battles all the player's units are shown as stacks. The player can move these stacks around on a hexagonal grid. Different units have different movement and attack capabilities requiring different strategies to use and overcome.

The goal is to defeat all opponents by conquering their castles and defeating their heroes in battle. The player must also defend his own castles from enemy attacks. The player's heroes can collect spells to use in battle and can boost the units under their command, but they otherwise don't have a presence on the battlefields. The heroes collect experience points in typical RPG manner which boosts their stats. In addition, items can be collected for additional bonuses.


  • 魔法門英雄無敵 - Traditional Chinese spelling
  • 魔法门之英雄无敌 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 73% (based on 17 ratings)


Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 99 ratings with 1 reviews)

Best concept ever to hit strategy gaming!!!

The Good
This game is great. Although later titles (like Heroes of Might and Magic 3) are more complex, this game is the original, and probably my favorite turn-based strategy game ever. One of the good points of this game is the great, oldstyle graphics, which I like more than today's more sophisticated 3d stuff. Also, there is a great variety of creatures that you can hire into your hero's army, ranging from the weak, simple peasant to the splendid unicorns of the meadow, to the fearsome, multi-headed hydra! The best part of the game is the unique gameplay style, which few games before had ever used. Heroes of Might and Magic has almost the best replay and multiplayer value I've ever seen in a game.

The Bad
If I had to pick a problem with this game, I would say that this game does not have quite as much storyline as later games in the Heroes series, but that is not a major setback in a cool game like this. Additionally, this game is the most challenging strategy game I have ever played, but not to the point of frustration. Also, I had some difficulty running Heroes of Might and Magic on one of my computers, but it worked fine on the others so this is probably just a glitch.

The Bottom Line
If you are a strategy or roleplaying gamer, this title is a great change of pace. Even after you have completed the single-player game, you will probably find yourself asking friends and family alike to sit down and play a multiplayer game with you (which is possible with the "hot seat" feature). This is a terrific game, and I would recommend it to any computer game fan who doesn't mind a game that is not exactly brimming with "fast-paced shoot 'em up adrenaline rush" action. Truly a classic.

Windows · by Lord Matthias (11) · 2002



This game is strongly based on King's Bounty, also made by New World Computing.

Might & Magic connections

The game's characters were based on similar characters found in the series that Heroes was spun off from, the Might & Magic series.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #133 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #60 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking

Information also contributed by MAT


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Benjamin Tucker.

Macintosh added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Silverblade, DarkDante, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger, Rain Ungert, MrMamen, trembyle.

Game added January 4, 2000. Last modified June 20, 2024.