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Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is a stand-alone sequel to Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne. Like its predecessors, it's all about turn-based strategy in a fantasy world.

In the campaign, a corrupt new empire led by the wizard Phobius, has launched an aggressive assault on the ancient races and all things magic. Meanwhile, an even greater evil in the form of hellish demons, breeds within its shadows. The wizard Merlin has been captured by the demons, but can still communicate with his old wizard friends. The player is cast as these wizards as they fight the human empire and the demons.

The main character is the Wizard, who most of the time stays in his wizard tower casting spells in his domain. He researches new spells and abilities and becomes more and more powerful as the game moves on.

One unique feature is the Simultaneous turns mode, where all players move their units at the same time. For those that like it old-school there's still a Classic turns mode.

The innovations and improvements compared to Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne are:
  • Three new races.
  • One new unit for each race, and all the old units has been balanced to make the races more equal.
  • A third level, the Shadow world.
  • Several new structures.
  • Improved graphics.
  • Improved AI.
  • Random map generator.
  • Better editor with modding tools and campaign editor.


Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic Windows Magneto's helmet
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic Windows Human mage Julia
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic Windows A shadow portal
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic Windows Minotaur on battlefield

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Alternate Titles

  • "奇迹时代:暗影魔法" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Age of Wonders: Магия Теней" -- Russian spelling
  • "Age of Wonders: Magia Cienia" -- Polish title

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Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Aug 28, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Gameplanet Sep 10, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gaming Nexus Aug 25, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Aug 12, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Jul 30, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85 Sep 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameZone Aug 01, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84 Sep 22, 2003 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Sep 23, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Game Over Online Sep 15, 2003 70 out of 100 70


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In the description for the hero Ham Binger you can read the following :

His fame became an unpleasant weight in later years. Whole Halfling villages named their children Binger, or Ham, or some combination of the two. Ham disappeared centuries ago, but now and again, a Halfling named Ham appears, does good deeds, and heals a few wounds; and the legend spins up again. Sometimes there is more than one Ham, which gets terribly confusing, and whole towns have festivals or contests to determine who is the real Ham Binger.

This refers to a bug in AoW2, where you could end up with two Ham Bingers when playing the campaign. The bug was fixed in a patch.

Steven Woltering

Steven Woltering, credited for "Scenarios & Additional Design", was before he was hired by Triumph one of the fans hanging out in the AoW forums at HeavenGames. Among other things, he made the map "Rise of Kings" that came with patch 1.3.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Strategy Game of the Year

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Grov (667) added Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic (Windows) on Aug 05, 2003