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!
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Release Date: Mar 31, 2014

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March 7

Sales Milestone, New Game, Patch & GDC

500k sales of the main game.
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If you have any issues please post and let us know. We've been making fixes and will put a patch public when there a nice bunch of them.

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
    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
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.3 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce GTX 250 / ATi Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB or integrated Intel HD 4000 with 3GB system ram.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce GTX 250 / ATi Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB or integrated Intel HD 4000 with 3GB system ram.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
      • Not running SteamOS or Ubuntu 14.10? That doesn't mean your machine won't run the game, it just means we haven't seen it run on those distributions in the office. Visit the various AoW3 forums to learn more and share your experiences. Please post feedback on how the game runs on your system to help your fellow gamer and to help us improve our Linux build.
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
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KuroiCode
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Why didn't you support Korean?
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kav1990
( 1,210.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Just... One... More... Turn...
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Deco
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Gutt Game
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caijamin
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The game was surprisingly good! The turn-based element with the rich story line was fantastic. There is a bit of a steep learning curve and it's more difficult than i thought. It's more combat focused than city builder. I don't like the seperate battle system, but that's what auto-battle is for!
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Dr.DoomLittle
( 94.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Best TBS game ever in my opinion.
+Combat is absolutely EXCELLENT and feels involved and indepth
+Great RPG Elements
+In depth character creation
+Huge Unit variety
+Good DLC with loads of content that only the host needs to own for others to enjoy
+Massive replay value
+Excellent Co-Op

And now negatives

-Graphics are JUST okay and animations are nothing special
-Ingame weapons and armor don't change how your character looks
-DLC is kinda expensive and doesn't go on sale cheap enough, though they are well worth the money (HALFLINGS)


All in all Age of Wonders 3 has loads of character and massive replayability. An absolute "A" in my opinion.
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Kalificus, Pet of Nightmare
( 163.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
AOW3 is my first age of wonders game. The civ-style campaign mixed with the turn based hexagonal battle arenas mixed with a fantasy genre make the game very unique and fun.

There are plenty of reviews which outline the good things about this game.

As someone who has played extensively on the harder difficulties, I want to outline some flaws that make the game suffer.

Firstly, I dislike AI rubber banding, and this game doesnt even try to conceal it. There are different difficulties, such as knight lord and emperor. The AI will receive an automatic happiness bonus if they have a higher difficulty (this is illustrated by the buff named 'ruled by an emperor, ruled by a lord, ruled by a knight, etc.'). I saw a post in which a dev denied any rubber banding, which is a flat out lie based on this. Other suspicions I have of rubber banding stem from the fact that harder AIs become much more aggresive in their building development. They seem to rush straight military buildings into unit spam. Economically, this should be unsustainable, but the AI manages to sustain armies of 2-3x my size. When I up the difficulty of a strategy game I expect to see smarter tactics and smarter plays from the AI. I do not like artificially boosted stats because it feels like cheating. More difficult AI should not have an out-of-game/unnatural advantage. They should be able to use the same tools that I use but better.

I also dislike the diplomacy system. AOW3 implements probably the simplest, most streamlined, and most boring diplomatic system I have ever encountered in a game. AOE 2 is similar in terms of simplicity. That is a grave issue. The leaders have no personality beyond their names and appearances. They each cycle between the same 6 or so lines when you chat with them in diplomacy. This really destroys any character uniqueness which may have been imagined. Their army compositions and spellcasting and play style are all carbon copies. This is a problem because AOW3 creates an illusion of RPG-like characters and fantasy, when in reality, the infrastructure supports only generic AI. This removes the R from RPG because each AI serves the same role. When an ancient skeletal dragon dwelling and a friendly halfling village both have the same greetings when you meet them, I attribute it to developer laziness.

Generally, the game lacks in its RPG elements. It has the spirit of an RPG turn-based conquest, but not the substance. That is the greatest flaw of this game.

Again, overall, the game is worth the money, but these flaws are outstanding and I would liek to see them corrected.
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mbpopolano24
( 437.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Fantastic game. That's all.
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Magnetaur
( 49.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
It's fun and stuff and other review things
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zhenxitan
( 373.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Love this game, it makes me think of Civilization mixed with Heroes of Might and Magic. Try this if you know and enjoy those games!
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Mortuorum
( 42.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This game is just great, the random map system gives it a ton of replayablity plus all the race/class combinations and specializations, and on top of that it has mod support. Great game, would recommend to anyone who likes turn based games.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I was a big fan of Age of Wonders II and Age of Wonders II: Shadow Magic so it is natural like I would like AoW III. This turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme is sort of a mix between Heroes of Might & Magic and Civilization. At least for me, I like AoW best of all. I love the hero units in this game and the way they level, have items/mounts, and can use spells. I love that there is incentive to level and grow even the normal units as their stats get better and they may get additional abilities at higher levels. I love being able to choose what each city is producing whether it be units or some building that will give that city an ability or boost. AoW III does not have the race and unit variety that AoW II: Shadows Magic had but they keep adding races and whatnot via expansions so maybe it will get there eventually.

I like the single-player campaigns thus far but there are some things that bother me. First, sometimes the missions force you to be very aggressive in order to win. If you are too slow then the AI can wipe you out or at least make the mission drag out way longer than it should take. Second, I love to focus on leveling my heroes and the campaign missions usually have a hero level cap that gets higher as you get deeper into a campaign. I understand the reasoning for that but my interest drops when I can't grow my heroes anymore. The best part about the campaigns is that you get to keep your heroes mission to mission. All their XP and items and skill points remain. There is a caveat though but I'm not sure how much I should say about it since it could be a story spoiler.

I have about 80 hours played thus far and I haven't even finished the first out of four single-player campaigns (I think the base game comes with 2 campaigns and the expansions add more). I am definitely getting my money's worth. Even if/when I finish all the campaigns I can easily create scenarios against AIs or players where I control the map size and whatnot (a la Civilization). That is what I often did on AoW II.

This is not a game I will play all the time but I will always come back to it periodically where I get all excited about it once again and sink a lot of time into it for at least a couple weeks.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Age of Wonders 3 is an excelent 4x game that focuses heavily on combat but should not be your first 4x title as it's so deep and complex that it will overwhelm you.

This game is very similar to the "Heroes of Might and Magic" games but everything is taken to a next level. There are wide variety of starting races and classes. You even got 3 specilization skills on your leader. There are tons of stuff that are thown to your face right at the begining so I strongly recomend to watch a lets play video on youtube before jumping to a saddle youself. Heroes naturally level up as you proceed and they can be focused to be a healer,a disabler, an aura giver or a creature summoner for example. You can develop your empire to a way wish: getting everything by brute force or with cunning diplomacy. Whatever you choose war is inevitable in the end.

The combat is executed excelent in this game and fighting is something you do almost every turn. Some fighting areas give units buffs or debuffs. Most terrains is also filled with natural obstackles that you can use to your advance. AI plays clever and will kill your units when it have a chance. Every unit has 3 action points and you can drain enemy units APs with diffrent kind of attacks and abilities what makes combat really deep and interesting. There is no pre-battle deployment and your units can get underfire the very first turn. I Feel mixed about lacking this feature: It's annoying to see your leader starting position being on a frontline and taking damage, however even now you still use your first turns to getting your formation up so is there really anything missing?

There are random world wide events that happen every now and then which makes every game feel unique. Amount of items and abilities is just ridicilous and they can really alter you playing style. Not every items is "+2dmg or +3 armor", some give you unique abilities, auras, immunities or spells. You can also develop each race under your rule and try to complete special goals called "empire quests" while playing to get more powerful.

There is no "Technology tree" in this game because most of the new learned things are not linearly linked to each other. This is without a doubt interesting feature when you have played this game a while but I'm pretty sure all the new players find this very confusing as you don't have a clue what you unlock after curent research is completed. Strategic minimap don't give almost any information about the map besides it's shape and location of the towns. I also didn't find any way to enlarge which is unfortunately as it really is a minimap.

If you have patience to really study all the complex game mechanics you are probably going to spend a good portation of your time with this game. On the other hand if you have just played call of duty games and want to try something else, this is not for you. Start with Civilization 5 if you are looking for easy approach turn-based strategy game, because this is made for 4x veterans. Have played some 25 hours when writing this and I have just scarth the surface. Every game I find many items and monster I haven't seen before and develop more efective ways to use my units and vanish my foes.

10 - Perfect game
9 - Excelent game, best of the genre
8 - Good game, worth your time
7 - Average game, nothing really special
6 - Bad game, avoid
5 - Painful to play, completely waste of time
4 - Failed game, unpayable
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
290.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Without doubt my favourite turn based fantasy strategy game on the market. For those who recall Master of Magic, Triumph Studios have recaptured the wonder of that game and brought it into the modern era. The tactical battle system is in particular a pleasure to play and hasn't got old no matter how many battles I have fought in the process of raising my empire to pre-eminence.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Love this game. Reminds me a lot of the old Warlords series. Get a hero, build units, create a stack and then go conquer. But there is more complexity then just that. If you like 4x, turn based strategy games like the Endless series, then you will probably like this game. The only con (if you can call it that) is the slow paceing. Games progress very slowly. Large maps can take forever. However it is fun, so I forgive it for being a major time suck.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
90.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
goblin seducers orc crusaders and elven necromancers
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Great game, nice music, nice graphics not that in depth though. Quite shallow compared to some other titles with not that great visuals! But it's good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
326.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is the best hex-style turn based strategy game I have played. The game offers very distinct empire classes to play, each with a very unique playstyle and unit set. You can also select a race which augments your class by giving your base units special traits and skills. Every class is surprisingly balanced with the exception of Dreadnought, which is significanty overpowered.

What I love most about this game is its combat system which is very deep but at the same time completely transparent. All units possess unique traits and interactions which if leveraged perfectly, can turn a likely defeat into a flawless victory. Units can level up and earn promotions that give them not just plain stats, but additional skills and traits making them more suited to their combat role. The addition of a wide array of global combat spells also adds depth to the game.

This game is a must buy if you enjoy games like Civ, or if you want a game similar to the HoMM series but with balanced gameplay and game depth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Exactly what I wanted: A good turn-based strategy game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Civ 5 with Fantasy theme. It's really fun and I highly recommend it.
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