You are a God! You are master and ruler of a loyal nation. You have unimaginable powers at your disposal. You have claimed this world as yours. But there are others who stand in your way. You must defeat and destroy these pretenders. Only then can you ascend to godhood and become the new Pantokrator.
User reviews: Very Positive (624 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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September 4

Dominions 4.22

This is a bug fix patch that makes sure Asphodel can reanimate again and that the music fades properly.

Changes
Purgatory doesn't affect allies
Wrath of the sea didn't affect coastal provinces
Asphodel reanimation works again
Music fading out didn't work properly on many computers
Missing descriptions added
Monthly casting of certain rituals didn't work
Vengeful water fix
Underwater teleport fix
Stat and description fixes
Various nation fixes

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August 26

Dominions 4.21

Just a small bug fix patch.

Game
Event fixes
Stat fixes & typos
Battle music didn't stop when exiting battle with 'n'
Don't bail out when someone uses an empty nametype
CD-key check fixed

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About This Game

You are a God! You are master and ruler of a loyal nation. You have unimaginable powers at your disposal. You have claimed this world as yours. But there are others who stand in your way. You must defeat and destroy these pretenders. Only then can you ascend to godhood and become the new Pantokrator.

In Dominions you take control of a powerful being that rules a nation and aspires to godhood. The type of Pretender Gods can vary from magically powerful arch mages to huge titans or large monuments. The pretender gods have different strengths dependent on what kind of god you choose and what nation you play.

When you start the game you decide what kind of god you are and how your Dominion affects your lands and followers. It is an expression of your divine might and the faith of your followers. If your dominion dies, so do you. Your dominion also inspires your sacred warriors and gives them powers derived from your dominion.

In order to win and become the one true god you have to defeat your enemies one of three different ways: conquer their lands, extinguish their dominion or claim the Thrones of Ascension.

In Dominions 4 you can also play team games where one of the players take the role of supreme god, and the other members of the team are his servants and loyal subjects. The lesser gods rule their nations, but you all share the dominion of the supreme god.

Dominions is set in a fantasy world that draws inspiration from historical nations, cultures and myths. You will not encounter the elves of conventional fantasy in this game. Instead you might lead a nation of vanir from old norse myth. Aztecs, romans, israelites, greeks, shona and kievian rus are just a few of the inspirational sources of the game.

The first Dominions game was released in 2002 and was well received by strategy gamers. Since then Dominions has been much refined and Dominions series is still actively played making it one of the longest running 4x turn based strategy games.

Dominions 4 is also a highly moddable game. You can create your own monsters, spells and entire nations. Since Dominions 3 there has been a vivid modding community and Dominions 4 will enhance this capability even further.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.3 or later
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: any 32 or 64-bit distro
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL and libSDL1.2
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 45 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
244.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Today my Prophet, who is a pegasus-riding knight that throws flaming bolas and wears jade armor that makes him move twice as fast as a normal man, entered into a gladiator death match and slew a mummified bird wizard being carried by slaves, a frost giant, and a manticore. He was then squished by a God of Death wearing a pineapple on his head. In revenge I am marching on his empire with an army of trolls supported by a phalanx of hoplites and a cabal of magi who call down beams of starlight in battle. 10/10.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Here are two lines from a recent update:

*Max number of commanders increased 9990 -> 20000
*Max number of units increased 160000 -> 250000

The graphics may be less than appealing, but this game has serious heart and heritage. Quality updates continue to trickle in, and I'm more than glad some of my money went to help the devs, and the future of Dominions.

For a "real" review, I'll talk about how the game plays. For each turn, you: 1. create new units or commanders and assign troops to those commanders 2. decide if you want to build any structures (temple, science-research, and castle/fortress/fortifications, basically) 3. assign new magic-school research, if needed 4. issue move orders, if any 5. End Turn. I mention this because I know, at first glance, Dominions 4 seems like it might be one of those "Cool concept, but too complicated to play!" kind of games, when it is not..

The game is nowhere near shallow, despite the above statement. Each faction (spanning through three different eras of time) has many tricks and strategies, some obvious and some downright devious, and "learning" a faction is quite challenging.. Adapting to your opponents strategy is also serious business..

There is no "diplomacy" here.. If Pangaea has a massive army of elite Shark Tribe warriors supported with massive underwater behemoths, well.. There is no "playing nice" :) Your goal is to conquer, one way or another..

Anyway, I'm sure there are far better reviews than mine, so I'll quit rambling. Just wanted to show my support and toss another vertically-inclined thumb into the mix ;)
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Wow, I have not written a review for this yet? Hmm.

Dominions 4 is a True Fantasy game. The worlds are remind me of the world of Conan. You build armies, attach them to Leaders, and set forth to conquer provinces. Each province will add to your money per turn. Yes, it is Turn Based! YAY! Each faction is Very Different. Each deity can be configured in many different ways. There are spells, but mainly this games is about armies!

Spreading the Word of your chosen pretender deity is important. This can be done with temples you build in a province or by priests. Look out for Assassins! There is a nice small selection of buildings you may build in your provinces.

The AI can be quite a challenge. MASSIVE armies will clash in heated combat! Although you do not control your armies in combat, your pre battle setup is important.

The Thrones of Ascension allow you to capture cool resource areas. You can even win by owning a good number of them.

High Fantasy is awesome in this game. It is a little basic as games go, but this is one of my favorite games.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
353.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Fantastic game. Hard to get into and hard to master but literally endless strategies.

Want to throw hordes of skeletons and undead at the enemy? You can.

Want to blight out the sun and cause the world to slowly die? You can.

Lovely game 10/10 literally an infinate number of strategies.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
136.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Dominions 4 is like shagging: your first time is very confusing, you are not sure what to do and how to do it and it ends before you get a grasp of it. But as you keep playing you get better and start to enjoy the complexity and beauty of the game.
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