The Old God has left the world and the pretenders are awakening and coming out from hiding. You start the game by designing one of the pretender gods that will compete for true ascension to godhood. The type of god can range from a magically powerful arch mage to an ancient kraken or a mystic monolith that people pray to.
User reviews: Very Positive (71 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

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"If you can tolerate the micromanagement, extremely high replay value makes this a must-have strategy title"
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“Insane amount of depth that allows for a cornucopia of different strategies, random maps, multiplayer for 21 nations, hefty reference manual, playable on multiple operating systems, easily modified, there's always something to do, tons of nations, spells, units, and magic items.”
8/8 – Out of Eight

“If you're the kind of gamer who does a happy dance when you see a thick, well-written manual chock-full of useful information and tips, you're going to love Dominions 3.”
8.2 – Gamespot

“OK, let’s get one thing clear. A lot of people will not appreciate Dominions 3”
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About This Game

The Old God has left the world and the pretenders are awakening and coming out from hiding. You start the game by designing one of the pretender gods that will compete for true ascension to godhood. The type of god can range from a magically powerful arch mage to an ancient kraken or a mystic monolith that people pray to.

Dominions 3 is a turn based strategy game taking place in a fantasy world with world altering magic rituals and horrors capable of destroying nations.

A large variety of spells, monsters and special abilities is something this game definitely has. There are more than 60 different nations, 1500 different units, 600 spells and 300 magic items in the game. The game also features a medieval musical score by Erik Ask Uppmark and Anna Rynefors, both awarded the title of Musicians of the Realm by the Swedish Zornmärkeskommiten. Dominions 3 is a highly detailed game and a 300 page pdf manual is included in the download.

Features include:
  • Many monsters (1500+) and many many special abilities.
  • Over 60 different nations to choose from, varying from Marignon with paladins, witch hunters and inquisitors to under water nations like the Lovecraft inspired R'lyeh.
  • Three Eras to play in, Early era is most magic and the late era is more technologically advanced with good steel weapons and armors.
  • Design your pretender god and how his dominion influences provinces and his sacred units.
  • Multiplayer with simultaneous turns (up to 23 players).
  • Network or Play by E-Mail for multiplayer.
  • AI opponents for single- or multiplayer game.
  • Random maps.
  • An extensive magic system with over 600 spells.
  • Blood magic, power your rituals with human sacrifices.
  • Global ritual that affect the entire world.
  • More than 300 magic items.
  • Unique magic artifacts that all players compete for, once forged no one else can make it.
  • Mercenaries are bought on a global market.
  • Scouts, Assassins, Spies, Seducers, Corruptors, Werewolves, Illusionists and more can be sneaking in your provinces.
  • Build Castles, Temples and Labs.
  • Permanent battle afflictions.
  • A 300 page pdf manual including a tutorial and a spell and magic item reference.
  • Easy to Mod (2d graphics)
  • Playable on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL capable graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.3 or later
    • Processor: Any PowerPC or Intel cpu
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any GNU/Linux distribution
    • Processor: x86, 32 or 64 bit, 1 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL capable graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Got the game on the 28th of May 2015 and despite my worry of the graphics and complexity expressed in reviews and on the forum it turns out I have been missing out on a gem of a game in the Turn-Based Strategy genre.

I simply want to add to the list of positive reviews that I am satisfied with the game thus far. Yes, I did have to read the manual but reading the manual and playing the game goes hand to hand if you are in to that sort of thing. Other reviews will help you better gauge what to expect from this game. For now I simply want to write a positive review for this game but do plan to update my review once I build more hours and try different maps and factions as well as different strategies.

edit: at 43 hours I've concluded and upgraded to Dominions 4. I started off with Dominions 3 to gauage how good this game seemed to be from the forums and since it was cheaper at the time of purchase. This game is still great, I enjoy the 2d graphics and sprites and the soundtrack is top notch. Dominions 4 however has a smoother UI and updates on the factions (even having slightly more factions) and more spells and since I completed the tutorial and played a few other single players in Dominions 3 which I thoroughly enjoyed I figured it was time to upgrade when the sale came around. Overall I give this game 10/10 for being excellent for it's age (this game was released in 2006). Dominions 4 adds and builds on what dominions 3 was missing. Clearer sprites, stats, and and much more thorough manual (even more thorough than the manual provided with Dominions 3).

I would highly recommend this game on a sale since it would make sense to jump right into Dominions 4 especially with it's handy dandy 400 page manual.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This is the Best game with outdated look. 10/10!!
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 10, 2013
Don't let the graphics fool you, beneath its dull exterior lies a creamy center full of Strategic goodness.

Strategies center around the nation you choose and how you design your Pretender God. Battles are decided by how you form up your troops and the orders you issue to them before each fight.

If you like strategy games and a fantasy setting, you really should not pass this one up.
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Dominions 3 stands as one of my favorite strategy games of all time. It's not really that similar to anything else; the combat is all automatic, and your main job (as a god) is to manage your empire, build armies, build forts, research and cast spells, and plan out where your armies will go.

The graphics are sufficient for the job they do, and there's a plethora of addtional mods and maps and what not available for it.

All told, i quite recommend it to any fans of strategy who are looking for something a little different.
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
91.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
I highly recommend this game to any strategy enthusiasts or fans of mythology out there. I'll go ahead and get the (tiny) amount of bad out of the way - the game has an unusual user interface, and selection of units can be especially tedious sometimes. With that detail out of the way, I only have good to say about Dominions 3. The writing in the game is top-notch, and very detailed. You often have to play multiple races to get a fuller picture of the history, but it's rich and satisfying once you put it together. The Tuatha and the Fomorian Giants are a good example. The game plays in a standard fashion with territories and movement, much like other turn-based games. However, to locate the useful goodies in a territory, you'll have to cultivate a few powerful mages, to find hidden sites that can provide mana gems, unique units for recruitment, or unique effects once unearthed. You'll need them (and magi once again) for the forging of magical items to equip your agents, priests, mages, generals, and your Pretender God. But the true meat of the game is in spreading your dominion (aka faith) across the map. It is the source of your power, and since it can flow into enemy territoy, it can also hamper their efforts to withstand your (inevitable) attack. Be sure to build lots of temples in your own honor! Put those puny mortal mages to work researching powerful magic that can affect the whole world. Turn day to perpetual night, bring on and endless winter, kill someone anywhere in the world, dispach the flying monkeys! Last Pretender God standing wins the prize - true Godhood. Sounds simple, right? Think again. It's a deep and complex game, and can be quite the challenge at times. So join in the fun, weave your own epic tale! Smash vampires with giants, ♥♥♥♥♥ queens (yes, its a real pretender) with a midget masher, run from Cthulu! It's all in there, and waiting for you!
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