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 (1,118 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2012

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"A fantasy civilization type game. Very good and has interesting mechanics even if it's a bit dated. Very good alternative to buying the newer one."

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
53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Great game! While you get the feel of Civ 5 with the grid layout, the comparison ends there. The focus of the game is combat and everything you do is related to this. I love how the city management is focused. You can't build every single building in every city you build. You have to focus on which resource your city with produce. And this can change depend on which resource tiles you have in your city limits. This game has hooked me better than both Civ 4 and 5 did. The low price is also a big +.
Posted: September 8
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
I got this game free from the Humble Store and this are my first impressions after completing an 5 hours Skirmish match.

-There is no campaign, you have only the skirmish mode which you can play offline or in multiplayer.

-You get really fast into the game since there are not much ressources and the buildings are pretty much self-explanatory.

-Normal units get pretty fast useless when high-lvl heroes appear on the battlefield, since they casually oneshot entire unitgroups with one attack when they are highlvl.

-Defending and attacking castles/citys feels cool and not too hard.

-The AI is really acting "nice". The AI doesn`t send 781 drones into every corner of the map and is building expansions until you give up because the game would take 2 weeks to finish. They try to handle the threats on their own continents, isles and barely explore other continents with ships.

- The diplomacy system sometimes doesnt make any sense, they declare you war for no reason or want incredibly stupid high tributes from you to stay in peace.

- The graphic looks beautiful and is definetly to enjoy.


All those impressions were made on normal mode difficulty 3/5.

A few weeks ago I bought Fallen Enchantress...Even if I like the graphics from Fallen Enchantress more, the game couldn`t catch me. I can enjoy Warlock way more, thats why I am going to buy the dlc pack when its on sale.


Peace, Hexor.
Posted: September 9
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
I got this game when it was being offered by the Humble Bundle store for free, and it has easily been one of the best free games I've received in the year 2014. A lot of reviews mention this game to be "Sid M's Civilization, but with the fantasy theme," and they are actually pretty accurate.

If you like the Civilization series (especially military victories), 4x games, turn-based strategy, fantasy themes, and disregarding diplomacy, then you should enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are great, and there are a lot of different unit types and character models. The detail put into the "world board" is very good. The music and sounds are great, and the feedback is always helpful in showing stats like how much damage is done and taken by units.

Warlock offers a helpful tutorial for people new to this type of game, however, if you are familiar at all with the Civilization series (or other games in this genre), then this part is easily skippable. Compared to Civilization V, Warlock is much simpler, and also heavily combat-based (as there are no cultural or economic victory routes). The learning curve is minimal to moderate, depending on your experience with turn-based strategies.

The gameplay is very fun - you start off by building something in your home city, and the game does a good job (like in Civ) of prompting/reminding you when you still have tasks to do (like building when your queue is empty, or moving idle units). After you building completes, you must wait x number of turns before you can build again, and this is indicated by a number next to your city name, which fills up each turn. I do not believe there is a "pay gold to rush build (instant-finish)" option.

The diplomacy is actually quite comical, as there is no negotiation ability - if the AI sends you a demand, you have to either accept or immediately go to war. You will probably notice that the AI enjoys making demands then randomly offering peace after a few turns, only to repeat this again and again.

Since the game is heavily combat-oriented, you will be focusing on building an army to destroy your opponents. There are also random creeps that will periodically spawn around the map, so it is essential that you invest in home armies in case one pops up close to your cities. The leveling up system for units is similar to Civ V, where you can choose different stats to increase (or perks) every time a unit reaches a new level (from battling). There is a large variety in the units you can create and the buildings you can construct, When you take over a city, you will have access to that particular race's build tree (ex: goblins, humans, etc).

In the pre-game screen, you can select from existing races, or create your own (you can pick from a pool of magic skills and perks like extra gold per turn).

Periodically, hero mercenaries will come, offering their service. They are very important, and boost your army strength considerably. Also, traders will come, offerring items that can be equipped by mercenary heroes. Consider investing in both of these whenever you have sufficient gold reserves.

Magic spells are helpful for winning the game, but not essential if you strengthen your stats in other things, like having a massive army, or a very high-level one. Spells include things like offensive attacks, heals (one merc hero has long range attacks AND heal spells; my personal favorite), summoning different units, and map alterations. Something fun to do to your enemy is to turn all of his city tiles to frozen plains or mountains.

Overall, the game is very, very fun, and it is easy to get into the "one more turn" mentality that results in you playing for 5 more hours when you originally told yourself you would only play for 1. If you like fantasy turn-based games similar to the Civilization series, give this game a try.

Highly recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
Posted: September 14
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
English Review
This game is quite good. It is a strategy game, which I personally do not play. Good graphics, the ability to play multiplayer, which is really pleasing. It can be played as a campaign (offline). In the game you are driving your town, army, you can also grow it and build new buildings. The only thing I dislike is that it could be a little more interesting in the campaign, the multiplayer has been waiting for a slow expen level.
My rating 6/10.

Slovak Review
Táto hra je celkom dobrá. Je to strategická hra, čo ja osobne nemusím hrať. Grafika dobrá, možnosť hrať Multiplayer, čo je fakt potešujúce. Dá sa to hrať, ako aj kampaň (offline). V hre si riadite svoje mestečko, vojsko, môžte ho aj zväčšovať a stavať nové budovy. Jedine, čo sa mi nepáči je, že mohlo by to byť aj v kampani trošku zaujímavejšie, na Multiplayer sa dlho čaká a pomalé expenie úrovne.
Moje hodnotenie 6/10.
Posted: September 21
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
75.6 hrs on record
This game was free for 2 weeks and I'm glad to have shared it with all of my friends, this game is what civ 5 wanted to be but couldn't because they are restricted by being realistic. And even though they are making the same type of game in the same style, it doesnt feel the same, the magic and magical qualities of everything add a very fresh feel to it, it has a much different progression path and includes spell research.
If you like civ 5 and you like magic, you really need to get this game, chances are a lot of your friends got it for free too, so there even should be a good ammount of players playing it.

Also my only complaint to have about it is that there are a few bugs, and it says that the game is final release, so these bugs which were fairly easy to find will not be fixed, the main problem with the bug that I'm thinking of is that its game breaking and is able to be used in multiplayer, which is generally not accepted as ok.


Story (Actors): 10/10 (The characters you can choose from have funny personalities, they're unique and fitting)
Gameplay: 10/10 (This is the same type of game as Civ BUT it also includes magic and type resistance, oh man this game is great!)
Presentation: 10/10 (Doesnt take itself too seriously, perfect for a game this style)
Soundtrack: 9/10 (Umm yeah whatever, bonus points for the Boing sound effects for undead arrows)
Replayability: 10/10 (50 Hours in already, spending days playing with friends. its a GG)
Posted: September 13
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123 of 136 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Warlock - Master of the Arcane is mostly a fantasy army strategy game. The city/empire building management isn't the stand out portion of the game. In that respect the magical spells that you can research and cast don't really stand out to me much either.

If you are looking for a fantasy version of Civ with decent combat options for units and don't really care about the building and management of your empire then this game might be right up your alley. If you are looking for an in-depth strategy game with far reaching diplomacy options and deep empire management and combat isn't your primary concern then maybe this isn't the game for you.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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