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For time untold, the Pantokrator ruled over the known worlds as a god and was the most powerful force known. He slew other creatures who strived to make themselves gods, denounced as pretenders, and asserted his will over all. Those that survived the Pantokrator's hunt either hid themselves among the worlds, or vanished into a deep sleep, to rise once more when safe. Finally, after hundreds of years the Pantokrator has fallen and a power vacuum is left in his wake. The world has fallen into chaos and kingdom clashes against kingdom as spheres of power expand. The pretenders reawaken into the world. Allying themselves and being worshipped by specific civilizations and races, they know that they must fight one another... for obstacles must be defeated in order to obtain godhood.

Dominions 3: The Awakening is a 4X turn-based strategy game that's primarily played on a world map. Starting from a randomly generated or assembled map, players choose from among 20 civilizations and an avatar creature with which to conquer all others. From this new kingdom, players manage resources in their provinces and assemble armies (a commander, and any additional units) who are able to move between the provinces, conquer new lands and perform other tasks. Each province produces it's own amount of taxes (gold), resources, supplies and special bonuses, which are used to construct fortifications, churches, hire mercenaries, buy new units and manage the empire.

As Dominions 3 is a fantasy game, commanders may also be proficient in one of six different kinds of magic spells. Players must assign commanders to research in order to discover and learn new spells before they can be used in battle. There also exists "field spells" which can be cast outside of battle, but which consume magical gems as their cost. Magical Gems can be found from magical events or by discovering the magical sites that may or may not exist in any given province.

Game rules can be customized to make any game easier or harder. Multiplayer functions allow players to compete against one another in empire building online. A variety of victory conditions can be set to determine the winner.


Dominions 3: The Awakening Windows Players spend points to setup the strength/type of their pretender god, as well as abilities of the dominion.
Dominions 3: The Awakening Windows Carefully balance the penalties and bonuses of the dominion's setup.
Dominions 3: The Awakening Windows Player armies are moved between provinces, or can defend, patrol, search, research, pillage or construct buildings on an existing one.
Dominions 3: The Awakening Windows Special Sites on the map are important to find, for they often grant special abilties or additional resources to the province.

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Dominions 3: The Awakening Screenshot
Dominions 3: The Awakening Screenshot
Dominions 3: The Awakening Screenshot

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Doesn't deserve all the praise. Windows Technocrat (201)

Critic Reviews

Cyber Stratege Linux Apr 29, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Windows Nov 14, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Cyber Stratege Macintosh Apr 29, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Nexus Windows Jan 17, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot UK Windows Dec 19, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot Windows Dec 18, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
Yahoo! Games Windows Feb 12, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 24, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Indie Game HQ Windows May 20, 2013 7.7 out of 10 77
Hooked Gamers Windows Nov 14, 2006 7 out of 10 70


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