Lords of Magic

Lords of Magic PC CD power fight force of evil nations role-playing RPG game! 

Game 

Windows 

Sierra 

1997 

CD 

$4.99
Packaging
As LOM opens, an elaborate cinematic tells the story of Balkoth, Arch-Demon of Death, and his efforts to conquer the great nations of Urak. As lord of one of these nations, your goal is to defeat Balkoth, either alone or through an alliance of nations. The game provides numerous gameplay options, as you may choose to lead any of the eight nations (or faiths) as a warrior, a mage, or a thief. Each faith has its own unique units, though these are pretty much balanced out among the faiths.

The main component of the game is a resource management and exploration phase in which you wander the countryside in search of mines, special locations (towers, villages, keeps, and so on), and enemies. During this turn-based phase, you must also develop your capital city and build up your armies. One of your first goals is to find and liberate the Great Temple of your faith, which will inspire your people to build a stronghold for you.

As in HOMM II, each of your armies is led by a champion, though in this case you can actually have three champions per army. The rest of your military might comprises foot soldiers, cavalry, missile troops, and recon units that you recruit from the various buildings of your city. For some reason, these buildings (barracks, mage's tower, and thieves' guild) are outside of your city, so you must physically move from city to building in order to recruit anyone. Also, you cannot do anything in a city or building without actually being there. Logically, of course, this makes sense, but it is a lot more annoying than HOMM II's "manage from anywhere" system. Besides, one would think that in a city, someone would be available to do mundane managerial work should the need arise.

When you are able to recruit new troops, you can give them an experience boost by stationing a champion in the appropriate building (a veteran warrior in the barracks, for example). This can help improve your new recruits but at the cost of keeping a valuable unit away from the battlefield. The only other way to improve your troops is to use them in combat. This has its drawbacks as well, since it takes a ridiculously long time for your units to recover from battle wounds.

LOM's real-time combat phase takes place from an overhead isometric viewpoint that resembles a mix between Diablo and the Realms of Arkania series. You can either direct your troops manually or use "The Button" to let LOM auto-calculate the results for you. Either way, you're forced to wait while the game first loads up the combat engine, then reloads the main game screen after each battle. Since the auto-calculate feature often achieved far better results than I did, I found myself wishing for the option to choose auto-calculate before all of the loading and reloading took place.

For Windows (32-bit Systems) [*Please review compatibility/platform sections in 'What You Get']

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