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Blood & Magic (DOS)

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Blood & Magic is a real-time strategy game focused on unit management rather than base construction. It uses the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons license (and thus has AD&D type units) and takes place in the Forgotten Realms AD&D setting. There are five separate storyline scenarios of increasing difficulty with three missions per scenario, playable from the side of both factions each, for a total of 30 missions in the game.

The game is tile-based with a 2D top-down perspective. The player starts out with the ability to create Basal Golems, around which the game revolves since they generate your sole source of power: mana. By spending mana they can be transformed into stronger fighter units or, less frequently, into buildings. The various types of terrain affect combat & movement; magical items may be found on the battlefield (and the enemy does use them, too!).


Blood & Magic DOS Main menu
Blood & Magic DOS Probably the most unique map in this game: a dangerous maze. Note a creature turned into stone by a roaming gorgon.
Blood & Magic DOS The tutorial really helps to lower the learning curve...
Blood & Magic DOS Liberating a town from the undead pestilence

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User Reviews

Fun and solid real-time strategy using an AD&D liscense Zen Gamer (78) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamezilla 1996 87 out of 100 87 1996 80 out of 100 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Future Media Apr, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nov 07, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Reset May, 1997 6 out of 10 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Dec, 1996 57 out of 100 57
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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The cheat system in this game is somewhat unique. Whenever the player uses a cheat (e.g. to get more resources to create a new unit), the opponent also gets the benefit of that cheat. So the gameplay tends to remain balanced even if the player tries to cheat.

Cover art

The box artwork is based on a painting Deadlock by fantasy artist Larry Elmore first used as the cover to the 1989 AD&D supplement The Bloodstone Lands, FR9.


After exiting to DOS the game quotes various in-universe "words of wisdom".

Information also contributed by Alan Chan.

Related Web Sites

  • Blood & Magic (official website)
  • Blood & Magic (official game page at Interplay's website from 1999, preserved by the Wayback Machine)
Alan Chan (3618) added Blood & Magic (DOS) on Feb 26, 2000