Reviews and Problems with Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic
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Everything I was looking for in a fantasy turn-based strategy game
David M Layton, Amazon
2 September 2012
Summary: Age of Wonders: Shadow magic is the stand-alone expansion to Age of Wonders 2. It is a fantasy turn-based strategy game similar to Master of Magic or Heroes of Might and Magic. You build and improve towns, raise armies, recruit powerful heroes, research and cast spells, and forge alliances or declare wars on your path to victory. With the introduction and summary out of the way, let me get down to the nitty gritty of exactly WHY Age of Wonders is such a fantastic game.
Summary: Age of Wonders is fun for reasons I don't understand. It's like Civilization 3 and Lords of Magic: Special Edition (Jewel Case) combined. If you're scratching your head right now I'll give you a clue. Imagine you are the Wizard-President of an empire filled with people who can ONLY-LIVE in a certain element, such as desert. Your people literally DIE in any other environment. So what is a Wizard-President to do?
Summary: All the Age of Wonders games are cheaper over at GOG.com the origional is like $2.98 and the others are from $3.99 to $5.99 and when onsale you can get all 3 for around $5.99 The origional game is still the best as the AI is much better and you have a much better selection of how you want EACH ai to play or you can pick RANDOM for each AI and they will pick from a selection from OFFENSIVE to DEFENSIVE to SCORCHED earth (they will raze nearly every resource including...
Summary: I'm here not only to tell you the greatness of the Age of Wonders franchise, but to tell you it's now available for direct download with quite a few online games agents that I most likely will get censored for naming here! All of the Age of Wonders games have been released in the past week for direct download on 2 of my online clients for a mere fraction of the extortionate price posted here on Amazon.
Summary: Most sequels dull in comparison to the originals, but I think this one lives up to its former. The map editor is diverse, and you can customize it quite well. Although, the random maps seem a bit odd to me. They are generated quite sloppily, but it's a nice feature nonetheless. However, the original will always have its place, I like it a little bit more; it seems more organized (the graphics in age of wonders 1 seem more polished).
Summary: I've had this game for over 5 years now, and it's still very much one of my favorites. With the available mods, it stays fresh. One of the very best turn based strategy games out there, without a doubt.
Summary: I LOVE this game. The amount of detail put in is astounding, both on the global and combat level. Leveling characters and looting is also fun on its own. The graphics have very nice effects but sadly are not aging very well. Higher resolution sprites would most likely solve the problem. AOWSM also has a surprisingly active community. The game has a few flaws, such as AI being... no t very smart, as well as a few bugs (movement bugs, some mouse-wheel scroll bugs etc).
Summary: This game has spectatular graphics, but every other aspect of the game falls short. The gameplay takes FOREVER. It is turn-based but the incremental change in cities and hero levels changes extremely slowly. High level units cost a fortune and take several turns to be created. The economy is horrid. The only way to gain gold is via cities. No gold is given for kills. One of the biggest disappointments is that your main character is confined to your main city.