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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 You win a battle but others are waiting for you !
Blood & Magic DOS does the built-in help on all interface features...
Blood & Magic DOS Some high-level followers can cast spells (using your mana pool).
Blood & Magic DOS Some sorcerers to protect your base.

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

Critic Reviews 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Action (Germany) Dec, 1996 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Nov 07, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
Reset May, 1997 6 out of 10 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Joker Jan, 1997 57 out of 100 57
Power Play Dec, 1996 57 out of 100 57
The Retro Spirit Mar 15, 2008 3 out of 6 50
Computer Games Magazine 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
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