Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,513 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 31, 2014

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"An excellent 4x, reviving the classic series. Tactical hex-based battles and city-building combine in a wonderful fantasy setting. Evil-aligned penguins"
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October 24

Dev Journal: The Bone Collector and Deathbringer

Hi there, today we introduce the second batch of Necromancer units, that we are currently developing for the upcoming expansion.

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October 17

Dev Journal: First Necromancer Units

Today we take a look at the conceptual designs for first Necromancer Units. As we posted in our last dev journal, the Necromancer can turn many types of living units into Ghoul variants using the Great Transformation spell, but of course, the Necromancer comes with its own unique unit roster. Today we’re going to take a look at the first lower tier Necromancer units.

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Reviews

“This is a deep experience backed by intricate mechanics and a concerted polish that makes gameplay immediately intuitive and rewarding. Age of Wonders 3 will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning, constantly muttering that you'll crawl into bed after just one more turn.”
9/10 – Joystiq

“A war worth sinking your teeth into”
83/100 – PC Gamer

Digital Deluxe Edition

Get the game and also the Dragon’s Throne Stand-Alone Scenario and the two hour Official Soundtrack.

Dragon’s Throne Scenario
An extra large Stand-Alone Scenario. Legend tells of dragons who ruled the fabled Sea of Flames at the dawn of time. However nobody has seen a True Dragon in living memory. The isles are still loaded with treasure and have become popular with adventures, merchants, scoundrels and sightseers. Now eight rival lords have found a mysterious dragon’s egg, and each sees it as proof of their claim to the Dragon’s Throne. The sages warn they risk unleashing the wrath of the Dragons, but the Lords pay no heed as they prepare for war. You can play the Dragon’s Throne versus AI opponents or in multiplayer with up to 8 players.

Age of Wonders III: Original Soundtrack
The two hour Age of Wonders III Original Soundtrack is composed by maestro Michiel van den Bos, of Unreal, Deux Ex, Overlord and Age of Wonders 1 fame. The OST features thirty one crisp, high quality 320kbs MP3 & FLAC tracks from Age of Wonders III and five exclusive bonus tracks. To top it off the OST includes liner notes by the composer - english only - and jewel case CD inlay jpg files. Be enchanted!

Songs and OST materials will be placed in your AoW3 folder in the Steam Directory: "...Steam\steamapps\common\AoW3\OST"

You can get there using your favorite file manager or by following these step:
1) Right click 'Age of Wonders III' in your Steam Library.
2) Select 'Properties'.
3) In the 'Age of Wonders III - Properties' tab, go to the 'Local Files' tab.
4) Select 'Browse Local Files...' to open the folder that contains the game.
5) Here you can find the 'OST' folder that contains your music.

About This Game

Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!

Create an Empire in your own Image
  • Rule as one of 6 RPG style leader classes: Sorcerer, Theocrat, Rogue, Warlord, Archdruid, or the tech-focused Dreadnought.
  • Research powerful skills unique to your class to develop your empire and arsenal.
  • Choose your allies from among the six main races - Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins and Draconians - and fantastical monster dwellings.

Explore and Exploit a Living Fantasy World
  • Explore a rich fantasy world that is more detailed and alive than ever with over 50 location types to raid for treasure.
  • Expand your domain by building new settlements, forge pacts with monstrous allies and capture valuable resources.
  • Wield earth shattering magic and terra-form the lands for your needs.

Fight In-depth Tactical Battles
  • Recruit legendary heroes, equip them with magical weapons, and let them lead your armies into battle.
  • Crush your enemies using the detailed 3D turn-based Tactical Combat System.
  • Become a master tactician. Crush city defenses. Learn to use flanking and master your army’s hundreds of abilities.

Master Age of Wonders III’s many Modes!
  • Immerse yourself in a rich single player story campaign, playable from two sides of an epic conflict.
  • Create endless scenarios using the random map generator.
  • Compete in multiplayer wars with up to 8 players online.

Please note that:
  • Level Editing Tools are provided as a courtesy to fans. They might have different system specifications from the Age of Wonders III game, are not tech supported and have an English only interface.
  • Coop: Random maps and stand-alone scenarios can be played using player alliances versus computer opponents.
  • Local Coop: Random maps and stand-alone scenarios can be played using “Hot Seat” mode on the same computer using player alliances versus computer opponents.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 8800 / ATi Radeon HD 3870 with 512MB or Laptop integrated Intel HD 3000 with 3GB system ram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Open connection for online multiplayer. 1024x768 screen resolution.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Open connection for online multiplayer. 1920*1080 screen resolution.
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
A great strategy game that is still getting to me come back, similar to that kind of "just one more turn feeling" that civ 5 is so famous for, i reccomend this to anyone who has played similar games before. Just be careful when learning the game as the game sadly has no tutorial feature,with the only way to learn the game being lots of google searches and the encyclopedia in game.
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
This is a really fun game. I like the tactical battles for this game. I have quite a few turn based fantasy 4x games, and the tactical battles for AoW have always been fun. There are lots of unit types. Also, players get to cast many spells while playing the game, both tactical and stratgic. Leader customization is great, and starting new scenarios is neat due to all of the choices availble.

AoW III is also a very pretty game. The graphics and sound are phenomenal. There are spells that allow the player to change the terrain. Tactical maps also look good, with a lot of environment colors.

Overall AoW III is a good, fun game.
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,081.9 hrs on record
Very well put together game, and the devs are supporting it better than I have ever seen a dev support a game before. The game is a bit of a combination of homm and civ, I would reccomend it highly. If you are new I reccomend to play a few single player maps before playing the campaign which is hard at times.
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Age of Wonders 3 is a very good game, especially as far as 4X fantasy games go.
Sadly it's missing a lot of content that even AoW 2 had. Namely a lot of races, the frostlings, and undead aren't here. The same for necromancy aka the sphere of death.

http://youtu.be/QGdpo155B4s

I loved playing as an undead Lich, spreading the domain of death. The Nodes of power, and spheres are magic play a lesser roles as well, but technology is on the rise.

Even so, it's a fantastic game, and you can lose hours, upon hours in it. I don't agree with them adding races in "expansions", as it's mostly just DLC, but the game is damn fun. Any AoW fan would enjoy this, and even other 4X fans.

Posted: September 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
My entire empire was killed by dwarfs. 10/10 would diggy diggy hole again
Posted: September 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.1 hrs on record
A wonderful game!

This is what Heroes of Might and Magic 5,6 and 7 should have been like! Clearly developed to beat these titles and it succeeds I think!
Essentially Age of Wonders III is HOM&M but with far superior combat, tactics, spells, heroes and troop development.
The graphics are as good as later HOM&M titles but the 3D used here seems to work so much better than HOM&M I feel, the interface is also more intuitive. Though I loved Heroes of Might and Magic 1 to 4 I could never get used to the later version's interface but AOWIII improves on them greatly in almost all aspects. The one small issue with it is that the maps, at least in the Scenario's, do not seem quite as heavy on resources and independant enemies as HOM&M games but I guess this is because the game is trying to break away slightly here.
I will also say, it's HARD! I like this but was continually getting my backside kicked until I realise how much effect terrain variations had on different troops types! I love this and it really distinguishes it from HOM&M games where morale was a simple mechanism. AOWIII brilliantly bridges the gap between HOM&M and a more traditional squad/unit-based wargame.
Think of a cross between HOM&M and Warhammer and you are just about there :)
Posted: October 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Great game all around, with good balance and dynamic AI
Posted: October 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Great game. there is always something happening so you are now skipping turn just waiting for stuff to complete and all infomation you will ever need is accessible.
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
350.6 hrs on record
Think Civ + HoMM. Really liking it thus far!
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.6 hrs on record
Age of Wonders 3 is a turn-based fantasy 4X strategy game focused on combat rather than empire building. As such, it has more in common with Master of Magic and Heroes of Might and Magic III than with Civilizations 5.

The base game provides two different and quite long campaigns featuring branching paths and different endings, a few pre-generated scenarios, and a random map generator with a lot of map and game options to customize your games to your liking.
Multiplayer is present and alive with the possibility to play with people who own the GOG version, meaning the community is not divided.

You start a game by customizing your leader by choosing his race and class between 6 different races and 6 different races, amounting to 36 different initial combinations, with each race and class having distinct spells and characteristic, providing them different optimal gameplay while still being homogeneous enough to keep things balanced. To further specialize your leader, you can also chose between 8 specialization options, such as Water adept, Fire adept, Explorer, etc.

The game is extremely fun to play and the combat system is excellent in both concept and execution. Add to that different units and spells interacting together dynamics and you get really epic battles that never feel like they are dragging on.

Golden Realms Expansion:
The first expansion pack adds one new race, two new specializations, a new campaign, new scenarios, new units, new spells, new mechanics, and new map options, turning the game from great to amazing.

Highly recommended!!!
Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
good building majic and fantasy war game I don't much like the campains but the open map is fun to mess with and in that setting it reminds me of Civ 5 with out the culture or religion effects.

Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
169.9 hrs on record
Wow , it's hard ,harder than I expected .I'm struggling on normal ...I'm going to have to look up the forums for help .I'm getting overrun by the AI . Bloody Draconian Flyers !
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Quality game, very similar to the Civilization games. The coop mode is an added bonus.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
I enjoyed this game quite a bit but lost intrest fairly quickly. This game can be quite fun and is a nice mixture of Civilization and Heros of Might and Magic.

The battles are quite a bit more in debth then Heros of Might and Magic and I consider it the best part of the game.

You can build new cities and the world strategy feels a bit closer to Civilization but unfortunetly not nearly as polished and strategic as the turn based army battles.

I lost intrest in the game whenever I became succesful at the game. The moment you start to achieve a lead on your oppents via having the better armies you no longer have challenging wars with other armies which is the most polished part of the game. Instead it becomes a boring affair so I suggest you keep the diffculty settings as high as you can manage.

Overall a very good game.

Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
93.6 hrs on record
As for someone, who spent quite some time of his childhood playing Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, information about sequel get was like a god's gift. Which of course lead me to fear, that AoW 3 will be one of the many disappointing sequel's of amazing games (like Heroes V and onward, Disciples and Majesty to name a few).

I couldn't be any further from truth! This game is not only as good as it's precedessor, but I could even argue that it's better, getting rid of some annoying mechanics and replacing them with something actually more fun. While the game isn't free of mistakes, the developers work hard on it, and actually already have fixed a lot issues with gameplay I had when I started playing this.

If you wanna try something of a mix between Civilization and Heroes with an actually pretty interesting story and climatic world... Well, I'd recommend you exactly this one.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
When i heard this was like HoMM and Civ5 i was pretty much sold, i love these games but its more like HoMM in almost every sense, the base building is a side thought and combat is the focus. The loot whoring i did as a dwarf warlord got a bit intense the first time i played and i admit i love that aspect of this and HoMM. The battles in this get ridiculos when you attack one group with 3-4 of your own, its the greatest feeling when you see a band of rogues running around the outside of your town and you go complete overkill bringing in multiple buffed up heros with all ranked up units to pick on the nerds with there light crossbows. Also you can have one unit beat numerous foes with spells from your hero who is nowhere near. i have never had the same thing happen twice yet and i love it, does get a bit boring when your trying to preserve your champion 5+ units and take over the world cause some reason they like to die for no reason in auto resolve... all in all 8/10 cause it needs some more content to it.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
This new iteration to the Age of Wonders franchise combines the empire management of the Civilization games and the turn based, hexagonal combat system of the Heroes of Might and Magic series perfectly. The world full of vast biomes and areas to explore has a lot to offer. From sending your armies into a crypt to find a dragon defended by dragonkin and skeletons to sending your army against the Elvish Arch Druid army, only for him to call upon the Forest God to decimate your musketeers. This game offers amazing customization options as well, from creating your character and his looks to choosing his race, his class, his attributes and his spells. All of these options affect how you will play the game. Will you become a Dwarf Arch Druid and heal the land around your empire to reap the awards of a bountiful Harvest? Or will you become a Dragonkin Mage and call down fire and plague and destroy your rival's lands? These spells and skills also affect the combat in the game. Your heroes will have one time spells to use to decimate a particulary powerful creature or even call up a large random creature, which turns out to be a poisonous death adder. Overall, this game is a great source of fun and enjoyment and I can see myself putting many more hours into this game.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Definitely a fun hex-based, turn-based, fantasty,type...thing.

A very fun experience overall, although there are some changes which I am not too fond of. Still prefer this series over the Heroes and Might and Magic series.

A. Combat. the combat is great in that you still have the massive amount of soldiers all fighting each other with individual abilities and stats. The cons (for me) are that: range attacks seem to have been simplified, at long ranges your shots plain out do less damage, when there is obstructions the damage goes down. I have yet to experience a missed attack or an attack hitting a unit or object obstructing the projectile path. Another thing is that the game has switched from the old squad of single units (like a party of heroes almost) to every unit being a small group of units in civ, this appears to be mostly visual and does affect the damage too much when most of that unit/group dies but I don't like it (although that's just my problem and probably doesn't bother anyone else). Debuffs are almost a necessity because there are some units you will come across that are just plain out overpowered (one unit in the game can pretty much kill off an entire party of units in one hit). All hero units have individual skillsets now, items are nice (flying mounts and rare mounts look amazing).

B. Civ management. Civs are pretty simple as always, build cities, simple buildings and tile management is non-existent, just get it into your border and it's yours. The Magic research tree is now the overall tech tree, this means you make the choice between researching tech upgrades and researching new spells, odd but it works since the older games only really had you research a few key spells and then not care about the rest.

C. Visuals/Audio. Everything looks great, background tracks are amazing.

D. Story, it's alright from what I've seen but it's not the most captivating experience. It makes everything a bit more interesting but the campaigns are more of a do this objective because reasons, rather than getting you motivated by the story.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Great 4X game.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
R.E.C.O.M.M.E.N.D.E.D.
Posted: October 5
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