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.
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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

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Mostly Positive (254 reviews)
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Thano
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
I lost alot of time when this first came out and to find it on steam is a blast from the past. Well worth the 6.50
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ihave_issues
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Awesome. Fun and fun.
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Step202
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Best strategy in the world!
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Crestfallen Warrior
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
While after a couple hours I began to appreciate this game after an initially bad impression..........its just not quite as good as Heroes 3-5, and those games in turn are not quite as good as Age of Wonders 3. Naturally thats not a completely fair reason to denegrate this game due to differences in age and the limitations that come with that.........but I bought it originally looking for an alternative to Heroes 5 and didn't find it more fun. Im sure in its day this was one of the best examples of this style of game..........but today you should seriously just get Age of Wonders 3. This game will forever sit around as 10 dollars I wish I could now put toward something else. Its not bad, theres just better options now.
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Wedge
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
One… more… turn!
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Rivvel
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Love the game.

Even though 80% chance to hit is less than 65%... apparently.
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♠Konnichiwa♥
( 106.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
old but good game ^^
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Șṃổkéẏ
( 57.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
lov it , never played the elves before
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bea02wil
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
was such big fun of Disciples II in 2004 , were great times , old but gold
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kylegoofball
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
Screen goes black when trying to open program.
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2010
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Amazing twist!
I thought games we're supposed to be fun
180 on the game industry sim
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alexxshadenk777
( 42.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
My go-to turn-based strategy game. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it to anyone.
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Balancer
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Oldschool but awesome, One of the first games I ever played it as a demo way back, love this game this game is sick and everyone should own it, also dirt cheep, I bet that most would dish out 20 bucks for a crap game but for 2 bucks is a steal deal (get it on sale if u can) also I had zero problems installing the game and starting up but I have been using old system. Thats about it, just buy it and play it! : ) This game is like gold bar in my potatoe computer.
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intunerikuss
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
Amazing game!
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Georgee
( 95.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
hands down one of the best games of my time the art is so good and gameplay is addictive, even has a editor you can use to build new maps.
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The Acorn
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
This game was one of my first childhood games which has risen throughout the years to become one of my favourite titles of all time. Let's start off back in the years of 2003/2004 where my brother aquired this game through a friend, he, along with myself, started playing the game on one of our old CPU's in our house. We rarley tried multiplayer and instead relied soley on the singleplayer campaign where I cheated extensivly at first (stairwaytoheaven is one of the best cheats ever thank you stratagy first) however after a while I started to play the game fully. I kept playing the game and over a few years our computers upgraded and eventually the game didnt become compatible anymore. I was unaware of the wide variety of questions I ask google at this time so I wrote it off as losing one of my fave games of all time. Years later I am playing this game, on steam, on my windows 8 laptop and it is still as amazing as it ever was.

Lets start off with the fact that this is a standalone expansion pack, it does not require the normal game to play.
Is this better than the original? well, it contains everything the original has and more so i'd say yes.
This game allows you to play as 5 different races with unique units, buildings and combat styles. Dwarves are slow but powerful and require you to be able to take hits before you can deal them out, the undead are frail but do great damage to opposing units and are able to paralyze individual units almost crippling entire armies, the human empire is fast and furious but fairly frail and require constant healing to stay alive. Each of them has a unique campaign and each of them are great in thier own way (go dwarves though).

I could go on about how smoothly the gameplay runs, how the spell sytem works and how the variation of upgrades allows me to replay the game hundreds of times. But, instead I will ask you, as a favour to me, buy this game, it is amazing. They did sort of screw up the 3rd game in the series but the 1st and second, and especially this stand-alone expansion are amazing games, and you should get it!
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Fefe
( 20.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 18, 2015
steam are just money grabbers like ea unfortunatly dont buy this version it doesnt work these ♥♥♥♥ers didnt even bother to check it dont buy anything from them theyr not worth it doesnt a good stable version here (for free)
its for games (both dont work properly) https://the♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.gd/torrent/3288553/Disciples_II_Gold_Edition_[English]_[4CD]
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KosSs--cz--
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 1, 2015
Old legend of turn based strategy games.
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Captain Weasel Hat
( 50.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 14, 2015
Don't buy this game if you've made the jump to Windows 10. My Windows 7 laptop played this great game buetifully, but ever since I"ve upgraded, it "can't initialize". I highly reccomend for windows 7 and earlier, but not for the majority of us.
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Cat iz 4 Fite
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22, 2015
Disciples II continues the Disciples II saga. The changes are just what you would expect. A new campaign playing as the elves with the appropriate capital, buildings, units and spells.

If you haven't played a Disciples game before I highly recommend playing Sacred Lands and Disciples II first as it will give you greater context for the world and the races in it. If you have played the other games you know what to expect already. Disciples II: Rise of the Elves doesn't do anything particularly new but expands on an already solid formula. Richly detailed artwork and music help to immerse you in a dark fantasy world. If you are a Disciples fan this is a worthwhile addition to the series and one that ultimately gives you more of what you love.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I lost alot of time when this first came out and to find it on steam is a blast from the past. Well worth the 6.50
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Best strategy in the world!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 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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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 17, 2014
HAIL BETHREZEN!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
WARNING: You'll always want to do 1 more turn.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.1 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
This game as well as the game previous it are both very good. It is a turn based strategy that has many fun features. The story and lore is actually really good and makes logical sense, so that is also nice. I don't have to much to say about this game, so lets go ahead with the pros and cons list.

Pros-

Good Story/Lore, I enjoyed playing the campaigns through, and they are all very nice.

Difficulty, it isn't to hard playing it on normal, but playing it on hard can be a bit rough.

Combat, much like Disciples 1, this game has a unique combat style, somewhat like a turn based. The combat is fun and I don't get the repetative boredom effect after playing this game a lot.

Music/Audio, the music is very good, very rememberable.

Tutorial, the tutorial is actually pretty good, unlike other games like these. The tutorial doesn't feel intrusive but also provides you the information you need to properly play the game, which is nice.

Cons-

Graphics, although the game itself is dated, which I understand, some of the graphics themselves don't look very good. I can't say to many bad things about them, they have really good points as well.

Repetativeness, the game can be seen as repetative after a while, especially if you are having a hard time getting past a certain stage.

Time, the stages actually take quite a bit of time, but I guess that is why they have the save function. One problem I have is I would prefer to start and finish something in one sitting, so this may or may not be a problem for you.

Conclusion-
Overall, I really enjoy this game. It is similar to the Might&Magic series, but personally I think that Disciples has a much better story. I believe that the lore in video games is almost as important as the game itself, I guess that is the Game Master in me. Anyway, Disciples II: Rise of the Elves is definitely a fun game that I highly recommend.

May your adventures be many and always end in reward!
-Donoknight, Founder of Tabletop RPG Gamers League
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
201.1 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). Edit: The game also comes with an EXTREMELY versatile level editor. You can make your own quests or campaigns and involve advanced AI and events with extremely intricate triggers and it is REALLY easy to do so.
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44 of 79 people (56%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2015
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
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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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 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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56 of 106 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
doesn't work on win 7
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25 of 47 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
The Game is awesome and grimdark and totally addicting but be warned it is proven to have serious issues on steam (can't start with win 7 etc.) Though the game works perfectly on windows 7 don't let people fool you. The only problem is that the game doesn't work with STEAM - so if you buy the steam version you most likely can't even play it like me and many others.
So if you want to buy the game buy it somewhere else.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
132.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
Love this game. :D It was a big part of my childhood since I grew up with it. You might not get it to work at first, but try to start it from the steam folder instead of from the steam play button,worked for me. If that does not work, then try to turn off the sound and music in the config launcher. Even without sound and music it is a pretty good game! Hope you get it to work. :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 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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