In a time of chaotic upheaval, the player takes the role of a great mage, a warlord vying for ultimate power.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,454 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2012

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About This Game

The Warlock: Master of the Arcane Complete Collection brings together the complete trials and tribulations of mage and magic which includes:

Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Armageddon
Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Return of the Elves
Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Master of Artifacts
Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Power of the Serpent
Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Powerful Lords

Warlock - Master of the Arcane
In a time of chaotic upheaval, the player takes the role of a great mage, a warlord vying for ultimate power. Your mission is to build an empire, expand your borders, research new spells and conquer your enemies. Become the ultimate Warlock and rule over all of Ardania!

Main Features:
  • Feel the magic: Research and master dozens of spells, conjure powerful enchantments and discover awesome spell combinations.
  • Ready an army: Command an expansive range of units, all with unique abilities.
  • Choose your strategy: There are various ways to achieve victory: by military, diplomatic or even magical means.
  • Fight your enemies: Engage in epic battles with large armies marching across the landscape.
  • Command the game: Enjoy an innovative city management system, where there are no routine actions, and every decision counts!
  • Have faith: Fight on the side of one of the eight gods. Complete their quests and spread their temples across the lands or become one yourself!
  • Follow the traditions: Warlock – Master of the Arcane inherits all the best elements of the famous turn based strategies of old.

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane - Armageddon

About This Content:
The ancient prophecy has come true. The End Times are near. The boundaries between worlds have fallen, and the Dremer have entered Ardania. The Great Mages are the only ones who can possibly defend the land, and now more than ever, they need a leader who can gather a force large enough to defeat the Dremer once and for all. Will it be you?

Key Features:
  • New Armageddon Game Mode: Fight against the powerful Dremer while terrible cataclysms tear Ardania apart
  • Two new Great Mages: The Dragon Queen & Krel the Kingpin
  • New Perks For Great Mages
  • Favor of Krolm – Adds 30 points of relationship with Krolm · Clean the Land – Adds the spell “Clean the Land” to the spellbook ·
  • Elven Followers – Provides a unit of Elven Archers · Elven Relatives – Ensures the appearance of an Elven village near a Great Mage’s capitol

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane: Return of the Elves

About This Content:
The elves from the knightly order of Arethi return to Ardania. They come not to serve as they did in the past but to conquer. They bring along the True Knowledge, and intend to share its’ light with everyone who will accept it, willingly or otherwise.

Key Features:
  • New race of the Arethi Elves with all its might and glory:
  • 18 new units
  • 20 brand new city buildings
  • Additional new perks and abilities
  • New Great Mage – Grand Master Amberon the Dark
  • New perks for Great mages:
  • Glorious Tactician - Increases the attack power of all units of a Great mage

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Master of Artifacts

About This Content:
The ancient and almost forgotten art of making artifacts returns to Ardania. Now every Great Mage can create powerful artifacts imbued with spells, abilities, or even strength of the gods!

Key Features:
  • Using special spells artifacts can be created
  • Special units of lords can be given artifacts (which will be available via free patch)
  • Artifacts can be found in monster dens, received as quests rewards, gained and lost during battles, bought from Trader of Artifacts or smelted to mana.

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane – Power of the Serpent

About This Content:
Play as the all new Great Mage, Malixalxochi, Wizard Queen of a powerful race of reptilian warriors known as the Koatl. Renowned for her cruelty and ferocity, she is a formidable foe to anyone in Ardania who dares oppose her.

The new Mage brings two new perks to the battlefield: Lord of Koatls and Koatl Training. As Lord of her race she can hire fierce reptile Spears, Hunters, Warlocks and of course the powerful Giant Turtle. Then instruct any of your units with Koatl training for increased protection from ranged an Melee attacks. Crush your enemies with the Power of the Serpent!

Key Features:
  • The Great Mage Malinalxochi, the Queen of Serpents.
  • New perks for Great Mages:
  • Koatl Training – Increased protection from melee and ranged attacks for all of your Great Mage's units.
  • Lord of Koatls – Ensures the appearance of a Koatl village near the capitol of a Great Mage.
  • The Koatl village is a local resource that allows for the construction of buildings that enable the player to hire Koatl Hunters, Koatl Spears, Koatl Warlocks, and a powerful Giant Turtle.

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane: Powerful Lords

About This Content:
You are introduced to two powerful lords: the High Blademaster and the Imp Adviser. The two lords will appear near the capitol of the Great Mage who selects the “Master of Blades” and “Demonic Adviser” faction perks at the start of the game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GT240 512Mb or comparable
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GTX460 1Gb or compartible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Personal Rating: Great Game, balanced, addictive and features rich.
Classic Rating: ★★★★☆

I loved it from the first match - which i lost :)
As you know this is a fantasy turn-based strategy game: what i liked most is the great variety of mages (lords), troops (from humans to goblins to undead), monsters (snakes, bats, wolves, bears) and spells (elemental, arcane, attack/defense, healing/blessing), at your disposal.
You are never bored, even when you have to wait some turns in order to gather your resources.. moreover, the game HUD offers a truly good aid telling you which actions can be taken at your turn (build, research, attack, trade or diplomatic affairs).

The game automatically saves your match (you can save by yourself anytime, though); gameplay is basically one single battle against one or more enemy mages, over one or more worlds, till you achieve the victory or die trying. Multiplayer is supported too but i haven't tried it yet.
IMHO, one thing could have been done better: tutorial and general guidance through the game when you play it for the very first time: it's not that easy to be ready to go but the learning curve is not that high either.. once you start exploring menu and icons you get the feeling on what is what and how things work.

Strongly recommended, you can't miss Warlock: Master of the Arcane.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Warlock is entertaining hex based turn based strategy game. One Scenario took me over 10 hours to win
Positive
+Well generated worlds, gives you a planetary feel, with climate zones and you can actually make a trip around world.
+Terrain usage, in defense and on attacks
+Loads of spells
Neutral-arguable things
/No Campaign mode, it tries a diffrent aproach. Rule the world with some side quests
/Little hard to start playing this, because it wont raise your awerness to all gameplay elements, you will be just thrown into the game. This is my first game of this type.
Negative
-Annoying monster spawning
-olny 3 types of quests
I will reccomend this game because i had fun, and had some really intense warfare with weaker enemy, after i allready had conquered everything else, but he was well defended on his island kingdom, with superior navy.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Really disappointed with how big a mess attempting to player multiplayer in this is. I was looking forwards to very jolly 4X gaming, and then we have buggy help texts covering quest messages, requiring you to press Esc to close the help text that otherwise doesn't close, which also rejects the quest, as well as some bonus network desyncs. After a few hours of frustration from that and other bugs we ended up giving up. IIRC you can't even tab out of the game without issues.

Also, letting people take turns at the same time or at least do *something* while the other players are doing theirs would go a long way.


If you don't mind the game balance being so-so overall, it's a servicable SP game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
It is like civ5 with magic. And not in a way that would ruin fantasy and strategy by cobbling to ideas together. This seems to be a very well made game that I have enjoyed spending time playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
My friend and I got this in a bundle, and decided to play multiplayer since we had no idea what we were doing.
I was an elven woman leading an army of spooky skeletons, and I had the Heal spell. I traded with my friend to get a useful spell, while giving him Shadow Bolt, which he couldn't use against my skeletons.
Then we waged war over donkeys.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
-Quick Review-
Warlock - Master of the Arcane is a turn-based strategy game, like many strategy games, the longer you play, the more elaborate the tactics get, and the longer your turn gets as your control over the world increases!
...or you get constantly bombarded by random world events and you can't expand because you're fighting off hoards of giants, dragons, undead, and random quest heroes.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: Welcome to Adrania, maybe you've been here before, maybe this is your first visit, regardless welcome, welcome. This land has appeared in numerous games, the first game I played in the series was "Majesty Gold Edition".
In this game, you are one of (X) amount of Mages/Warlocks, depending on the world size you may have more or less mages/AI/NPC's in the game. The more AI the more competition in the game. (But on the flip side, the more people fighting back the wild landscape... and trust me, it's wild)

Game Play: Starting with the most basic explanation about the game play, you have Hex's which represent segments of the land, very similar other strategy games, some hex's increase gold, food, or magic... while others are just taking up space, or even reduce values.
I compare this game to one of the Civilization games except that you're fighting with magic instead of science, and the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game of Land, Air, and Water units. It is now more like "Rock, Paper, Scissors, TNT, Chuck Norris, God"; There's magic that you can cast, there's magic units, heroes which can be equipped with better armor and weapons, you can upgrade them with gold, in addition to the typical "ship, flying, and land" units.
I need to point out I haven't played the multiplayer yet. However, after looking it up, the game doesn't have "simultaneous turns", so the multiplayer will be at an even slower pace. You probably don't want to get into a very large game, smaller skirmishes so you can play the game for a day... ...instead of spanning over several weeks.

Achievements: There are no steam achievements for Warlock - Master of the Arcane.

Price: Warlock - Master of the Arcane is priced at $24.99. For me personally, strategy games have always had a high value because I play them long and really enjoy the challenge. I won't lie, I picked this game up for free from Humblebundle, but this game on a 50% or better sale is definitely worth it.

Conclusion: The first time I played Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (released in 2000), was when I was in highschool, I had no idea that there were more games from the same universe! So once I heard the announcer's voice I thought "NO WAYYYYYY!!!!" I'm happy to have returned to Ardania!
As I said earlier in my review, this game is basically Civilization with Magic. While it's not the most well made strategy game out there, there's definitely enough fun stuff you can do in the game to keep you entertained for a long time. I find myself thinking "okay... one more turn, then I'll go to bed" And just keep telling myself that for another hour.
I recommend this game for standard strategy game fans, Chances are if you like Civ5, you can pick up this game... but you will find Civilization has been made much better and tighter fitting then Warlock - Master of the Arcane.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Bored of Civilization Beyond Earth ? Buy this.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Warlock - Master of the Arcane is a game that I recommend because:
- have an acceptable price
- is a method to banish boredom
- is a strategy game
- have trading cards

Enjoy!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Give me back my life.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
well ggwp
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I'm sad I didn't give this game a try sooner, it's an absolute blast! The game is so in depth with it's units and buffs/ debuffs/ buildings/ research. Do not let the "Civilization V" look fool you, it is a completely different game, and in my personal opinion, far more entertaining than Civ V.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
A good effort of updating the old great game Master of Magic, it could be improved, but not bad
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Having logged now 30+ hours in this game, I can speak a little bit to its greatness and some nitpicky things that are drawbacks. The game mechanics themselves are straight up great; from micromanaging your individual unit perks to keeping an eye on your macroeconomy, the process is intuitive, and once you've got the mechanics down you can optimize.

Partially because of this, the game feels a little bit like "what if Civ didn't have empire size balancing." Economic advantages snowball to the point that endgames can sometimes feel like a chore. But crushing your enemies into a fine powder isn't so bad of a chore. It's considerably more of a challenge to limit yourself to a certain number of cities.

Also, if you ever played the game Majesty, you'll notice many of the same gods showing up, as well as certain catchphrases. Very nice tickle of the nostalgia bone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Please purchase this game whilst it is on sale. They now include all the DLC in a single package, and it's really fun. It's in the vein of civilisation, but with a magical theme, which in my opinion makes it more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game is awesome, it is alot easier to learn then Civ.

Its fun to sit down and play with a friend when you have time, either teaming up against AI or Playing against each other.

Would Reccomend to anyone who enjoys 4X games with a fantasy theme.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Simple 4x game, nice introduction to the genre or a nice casual experience for the pro.

It's not got the complexity of other 4x games, instead Warlock goes down the route of funziez. It's a very casual experience that after a while can lose it's charm and turn into mediocrirt but for the first 10-20 hours will hold your attention competently.

Don't bother putting it on the highest difficulty, the ai spams an ocean of units and it's just ridiculous. There are many types of units with various abilites but nothing really new.

I like how your spells can interact with the landscape to create mountains and oceans. Levelling up was fun but a clear rip off of civ 5.

eventually the game feels stale, lifeless and mundane. It's probably you won''t finish a campaign before your too bored to go on.

not a very good 4x but fun for a good while. Worth it for £5 even if you've played all the other 4x games or are not up for learning anythign complex.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I love this game. It's soooooooooooo good. I play with my boyfriend often, and am currently in a 3-way game, waiting to stomp their heads to the curb. >.>

Anyway, does anyone know if the complete edition allows you to play with the base game? I bought the complete edition for my friend last night, and I'm curious. :3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Fantastic game for people who love Civilization series.

It's a mixture of Civ5 (mostly), Heroes of Might and Magic (You have heroes that gain exp. and different races? Pehaps species would be a better word. This include Humans, Undead and various insect, and dragonlike species), and of course for fans of Majesty there is Ardania, and couple parallel (for the lack of better word) worlds. No to mention whole tree of Magic to research. And here is the only bug I've encountered. If you want to see all the spells, you've researched, you have to use smaller, not extended version of Magic Book. But this small bug, while may be annoing doesn't cloud the fun I had playing game. After over 200 rounds in one game it still manages to suprise me (in a good way), and it seems I will be playing it for years. 9/10 or 4,5/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
120.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
As of now, this is the most-played game in my Steam Library. I played this obsessively for a few weeks, giving up entire weekends to it. When you start one of these games, be prepared to give up the next 20 hours of your life, because that's how long some of these games can take, depending on the game setup (difficulty, world size, victory conditions, etc.)

The graphics, music, sounds effects, and gameplay all perfectly complement each other, and they don't get old even after hours of gameplay. Because you don't want to leave a game unfinished, you end up saying, "Just one more turn, then I'll take a break." Three hours later, you're still playing, literally starving because you can't leave the game to cook some food. The game takes so long because it takes time to build up your force enough to overcome an enemy. There are also neutral monsters which pose a threat. Not to mention, you have to wait for the AI to finish their turns. The wait is totally worth it, because the feeling of slowly overcoming your opponents is addicting.

The AI isn't super smart, which is good or bad, depending on your perspective. Personally, I liked taking advantage of the flawed AI strategies, like sending their entire army to me by boat, which I destroyed before they could even land. Diplomacy with the AI is somewhat of a joke. They might make a truce with you, but they'll break it on a whim. I tried to be honorable with truces, but after you've played awhile, you start to understand the motivations of the AI when they make a truce, and you can tell when they are about to break it.

Another great aspect of this game is the random world generation and fog of war. From the initial setup, you have an idea of what the world is like, but not the details. Curiosity and fear of the unknown helps to maintain your interest as you explore the map.

After playing this, I tried Civilization 5, and personally, I hated it. I'd rather take a history class. Personally, I don't like playing games that remind me of reality. Warlock is a fantasy escape into another world, and it really absorbs you. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
This is a Fantasy verion of Civilization. As a big Civ and RPG fan this game is amazing. Honestly i have no idea how it ended up in my inventory, im just happy it did.

If like like Civ5 id get this.
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