The award-winning series Disciples introduced a milestone in the game's very successful history; the introduction of a new race: The Elves. The Elven Race added a new dimension to the game and added countless hours of gameplay. Now that series has expanded further with Disciples II: Rise Of The Elves.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (176 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 6, 2006

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The award-winning series Disciples introduced a milestone in the game's very successful history; the introduction of a new race: The Elves. The Elven Race added a new dimension to the game and added countless hours of gameplay.

Now that series has expanded further with Disciples II: Rise Of The Elves. This version features all of the campaigns found in the original and a brand new campaign that continues the storyline of the Elven Race. It also includes 14 new skirmish maps to test hone your skills.

Key features

  • New campaign that continues the Elven Storyline
  • 14 new skirmish maps to test gamer's skills
  • 5 playable races to choose from; the Empire; the Undead Hordes, the Mountain Clans, the Legions of the Damned, and the Elven Alliance
  • The Elven tech tree allows players to choose between Noble or Wild Elves increasing replayability
  • Over 200 individually animated unit types and over 100 different spells
  • Scenario editor to create your own adventures
  • Battle friends and enemies in multiplayer over LAN, Internet or Hot-Seat play

System Requirements

    Minimum Configuration: Windows XP, Pentium II 233 Mhz, 32 Mb RAM, 1200 MB hard disk space, DirectX 7.1, 16-bit sound card, Video Card with 8 MB RAM

    Recommended Configuration: Windows XP, Pentium II 300 Mhz, 64 MB RAM, 1400 MB hard disk space, DirectX 7.1, 16-bit sound card, Video Card with 16 MB RAM

Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
One of the very first games that Ive played in my life back in 1999. This game and HOMM 3. Atmosphere in the game is unbeatable, after a long time looking at the screen (esspecially menu when u enter race castles) u will actually think that u are in Stephen King’s novel. After I remembered good old days I have listed Disciples III on my wishlist.. hopefully one day I will recommend that too as I recommend this game for all those who never had a chance to play this game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
epic classic game..im still play
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
of course, yes!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
A very good strategy turn-based game. I think that this is a very good choice for both players new to this kind of game, as well as for the HOM&M veterans, who want a bit of break from their game. It may give you a little challange on particular scenarios. I higly reccomend this game for everyone interested in good, old PC strategy game.
Also the problems of running game on Windows7/8 arent real ones, because it just requires 15 minutes to fix them all by yourself.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
The strengths and weaknesses of this game don't currently matter, since it has at least two bugs that keep it from running altogether. Learn from my mistake: don't give Strategy First your money. Companies will sell malfunctioning junk as long as people keep paying for it.

(Edit: the thing can be gotten to work, it just won't have any sound.)
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Got this game just to see if I could run it after reading the reviews. Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, find the .exe, right click it->Properties->Compatibility enable compatibility mode, I used Windows 7 and all the XPs, the only thing that matters is check "Disable desktop composition" and I had Run as admin dont even know if I have to. But yeah it runs fine.

*** Note, you cannot exit the fullscreen and tab back to Windows or it black screens the game this setting ^^^
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Pre-Release Review
HAIL BETHREZEN!
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
-One of the better games of this genre, even better than Heroes in my opinion.

-the rest of the game is as beastly as its art. I've lost weeks back in 2006 because of it

-I have to mention the visuals again. 10/10 in that department, the soundtrack fits it and the atmosphere in general is great

-slow paced to ensure that you have a taste of each unit and game phase.

-the epitome of "Just 1 more turn and I'm taking a break"
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 25, 2013
If you are a fan of Hard... REALLY HARD games, that are a turned based-strat games. Along the lines of Lords of Magic... Give this a shot... I Iove it, but I am a gluten for punishment. Also its a not bad.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
Hi! I am Muzday!
Listen: if you haven't played this game so far, you had lost a lot of fun! Okay, not fun but a lot of gothic. It impregnates every part of this game: from the design of cities till the soundtrack. I can say with certainty that this game has a strange magical atmosphere, it absorbs all your attention and makes you spend several hours in front of your screen per day, ending turns, fighting the battles with their unique style and develop your squads as you want. After you begin playing, you will notice that you are ready to stroke your soldiers like favourite pets if it will make them to beat enemies more precisely!
In general, the only thing I can tell about this game is:
If you are looking for a classic and unusual strategy game with a wonderful design, gloomy soundtrack, unrepeatable gothic atmosphere and five different playable races, this game is for you and it is worth your attention!
P.S.
My first review =)
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
I think this actually was the first PC game that I have ever played (well apart from those pre-installed games on Windows XP like Solitaire). I enjoyed it back in the days. I still do.

Disciples II is a turn-based strategy game with beautiful graphics (even for today) and rich storyline. Unlike other turn-based strategy titles like Heroes, the battle system offers a control over individual units instead of stacked units, which I find very convenient. Also the different strategies you can use to complete a map and the rich storyline guarantees that the gameplay does not get repetitive as it is with Heroes of Might and Magic.

In Disciples II, you get to choose from five different races (Elves, Humans, Dwarfes, Demons and Undeads) with their own unique agendas and characteristics. Also you can choose one of three classes for yourself as a strategist: Mage (cast spells twice a day), Warlord (restore Health more quickly) or Guildmaster (more resources and actions for the Thief). So when you've completed game with one race/leader class you can try another.

This game offers three elements of gaming experience that I value the most: great style, rich storyline and character development/customization. Also, this game rewards exploring and there are plenty of quest maps to try after the campaign mode is complete.

What I didn't like about this game however was that you can export only one leader and only five items to the next campaign, so lot of valuable equipment is lost in the process. Also I didn't like that only a particular development branch could be chosen for a unit class instead of them all. Also, the Multiplayer via Directplay does not work anymore. I guess, you need to try external services like GameRanger for that.

Nevertheless, Disciples II is a great classic turn-based strategy game. My overall rating is 10/10.

p.s. Don't believe other reviews. This game works on Windows 8.1 like a charm. I had some issues with fullscreen on my laptop (I had to choose a lower resolution, otherwise the game won't fit the screen), but with external monitor there are no problems at all.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
WARNING: You'll always want to do 1 more turn.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
176.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
Okay so, I'd like to address a big issue I've seen in a lot of the comments, which is that if you have a Windows 7 that this game will not work for you, that's not true. However: the game may not boot up properly all the time, leaving it just a dark screen and you needing to CTL+ALT+Delete and close the game and try and reopen it again.
Alright. The game it's self is a lot of fun, the design and themes make up a lot of the appeal. The gameplay it's self is still very fun if you enjoy turn-based fighting, though it's not terribly unique in the combat area. It's a lot of fun to level up your units and build your structures to choose the path your units level up into. There are 5 races to play, and if you've come across Disciples II: Gallean's Return on here I don't recommend buying that because this game is the same game but with more content and it's the same price. I made the mistake of buying both this game and that game (though thankfully they're cheap games).
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2013
The game from the childhood) Style, sounds, story are great. Happily N'Ever After!!!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2013
I owned the original version of this game when it came out, and then lent it to a friend I lost touch with...

Now I have it back, and it's still an unforgivingly difficult and deep tactical turn based RPG.

This game combines elements of Fire Emblem with classic Civilization. It's a must have for fans of turn based tactics, and I'm glad to have this back in my library of games.
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40 of 72 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Does not work on Windows 8 and Steam will not refund the money you waste on this. Workarounds let you into the game but it is unplayable (literally 1 FPS) and it freezes for 10 to 20 seconds at a time. Can not play past turn 1.

I tried contacting the Developer and the response I got was to get a refund from Steam. But Steam ignores all attempts to contact them about this as if they know there is an issue but dont want to address it. My friend has a copy of the retail (Boxxed) version and his works fine (but he has Windows 7)

In Steam's defense to DO tend to ignore EVERYTHING... So maybe its not just this game, maybe its just that they dont give a rats rump if they sell us trash that doesnt work and SCAM us out of our money.
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53 of 99 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
doesn't work on win 7
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29 of 53 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
DON'T BUY IT, DOESN'T WORK ON WINDOWS 7!

I'm really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Steam released such a Win-7 incompatible sh*t and asked money for it. Since I bought it I managed to start the game twice in total with sound and all and once it's running it runs without a problem, but each time I spent about 15 minutes trying to start the g*ddamn game before I succeeded, without any sign why a configuration that worked once doesn't work the next time I try it. There doesn't seem to be any logic behind what arbitrary settings finally make the game work for that one single try. I would seriously demand a refund (if Steam did refunds) for selling a product that just simply doesn't bloody work 95% of the time.

The game itself is very good, but now I regret that I didn't buy it on GOG instead of Steam...
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Update after many months of playing the GOG version: The game itself is excellent and I really recommend it if your system is not Win7 (or if they solved that error in the meantime, I haven't checked).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2012
Pre-Release Review
Fantastic HoMM-style turn-based strategy RPG built around Norse mythology marred by some poor game design choices. There's great variety between the races and each has their own campaign, with each faction having a distinct style. The combat is unique and feels like Ogre Battle but this is also one of it's biggest problems; similarly to Ogre Battle, if all of your units in a party die, they are gone forever. Your favorite hero and his units will transfer between missions so this means if one of your super-units dies you can potentially throw the campaign. The terrain control mechanic is a great visual representation of your area control but I find it downplayed in many missions because of a turn limit or boss rush. Hero customization is diverse and has more options than HoMM but they are slower to level up. Although it has aged poorly, this is a great HoMM alternative that is worth checking out if you're a fan of strategy games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
Elves are interesting to play but don't differ much from the rest of the factions.
Unfortunately the biggest issue is still present: this game discourages you from playing more than one character. You can only take one of your heroes to the next mission and because of that you want to get all of the XP for one hero. Most of the time it look like this: you play your main hero for the whole campaign and the rest of you heroes are only thieves and rod planters.
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