The saga continues! Etherlords II takes you back to the world of Ether and into a whole new realm of fantastic possibilities. Lead your hero on an unforgettable journey through lands filled with unsurpassed beauty and danger to unlock the ultimate mystery.
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Release Date: Oct 1, 2003

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“With crisp graphics and addictive turn-based gameplay, Etherlords II is an unexpectedly strong adventure/RPG/strategy title. [Dec 2003, p.92]”
100/100 – Play Magazine

“If you like "Magic: The Gathering" and "Heroes of Might and Magic", then you should get a kick out of this - if you're willing to devote serious time to an occasional, nonsensically difficult battle.”
80/100 – IGN

“Easily recommendable not only to anyone with an interest in collectible card games, including fans of the original, but also to those who enjoy turn-based strategy games with a twist.”
80/100 – GameSpot

About This Game

The saga continues! Etherlords II takes you back to the world of Ether and into a whole new realm of fantastic possibilities. Lead your hero on an unforgettable journey through lands filled with unsurpassed beauty and danger to unlock the ultimate mystery.

Etherlords II is an exciting mix of role-play and tactical turn-based combat in the best traditions of fantasy trading card games.

This version of the game supports co-op battles via Internet, including Round Table mode: round robin elimination tournament with random set of cards.

Key Features

  • Five campaigns covering a magnificent fantasy world
  • Hundreds of spells and creatures combine to create nearly unlimited tactical possibilities
  • New monsters and magic that can be used by any of the four races
  • Enhance your Hero’s skills throughout each campaign with new spells, creatures and abilities.
  • Non-linear missions with multiple paths to completion
  • Thorough tutorial system to help you learn basic and advanced dueling tactics
  • 4 multiplayer modes. A dedicated master server that calculates and maintains your statistics and raitings

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium III 600 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D-accelerator AGP with 16 Mb RAM
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium III 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D-accelerator AGP with 32 Mb RAM
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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132 of 145 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
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Etherlords 2 is a collectible card game very similar to Magic: The Gathering. The player collects cards to build a deck of spells and creatures. When you approach enemies on the world map you have the opportunity to fight them. This is where the actual card game starts. The player takes turn with the enemy casting spells and attacking. Victory is achieved by killing the opponent. The card game is surprisingly complex and it feels rewarding when your deck works. In addition your character levels up and can choose perks that will influence your strategy. If you enjoy these types of table top games you will probably have fun with Etherlords 2.

The problem is...everything else outside the card game. The voice acting is sub par and the movement/animations on the world map are jerky and frustrating. There is no camera angle that let's you properly see where you're going and there are no resolution options that I could fine.

I rushed thought the poor dialog and map navigation as fast as possible so I could get back to actually playing the card game. If you like card games then I will grudgingly recommend Etherlords 2 because it can be quite fun, but everything else almost spoils the game.
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80 of 89 people (90%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Unpolished, gritty interface, rigid UI, old

Feels like trying to drive a really old, beaten up hillbilly pick-up truck, with mud perma caked on the sides, half painted, half raw rusted steel, steering from U.K. or america, depending on whatever country you aren't from, with a cracked windshield, and i mean cracked. No power steering.

Funnily enough, extremely fun.

Sadly, far too short. Something very essential is missing to make this game work, becuase it has soemthing that no other game has out there, a perfect mix of card game, and grid turn based strategy. so many games out there have tried, and failed. Simply because they got the basics wrong, this one, I am amazed to say, as bad as it is---got the basics right.

Just a shame that's about all it got right,
recomended purely for strategy enthusiasts, or developers that want some inspiration.
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Creativity 10
Music 8
Story 8
Graphics 5
Mechanics 9

Its an amazing story and great mechanics but the thing I loved most was the monsters. There were so many unique monsters in it. Where as so many games apply NO creativity at all and just throw in generic monsters, Like spiders, skeletons, werewolves, zombies, orcs, elves and demons, this game steps away from that. It makes its own unique races, creatures and characters. Also it avoids the classic elements of fire vs water earth vs air and so on. It has good enviroments and music. The game may not have the most current graphics but there is a charm to older figure style games. the mechanics are very intricate too. they arnt built around this race beats this one, or these spells beat this, its all about strategy. One build could get wrecked by a lower level wild monster, but trumph a boss. It even has a button that makes it so the game plays for you so you can take a look at its sweet beastiary and magic. I wish there were more games out there like this. A good game isnt something that blows your mind with its rendering or models, its one that keeps you entertained and interested.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
97.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
I ♥♥♥♥♥♥ love this game!
I played it 10years ago about hundreds of hours and its still awesome.

Pros: Great campaign
Many different cards and playstyles
Good difficulties from casual to really challenging (Magic2015 on highest difficult is superezmode vs etherlords normal)
Stable Master Server
Cant do anything wrong for 5 euros :)

Cons: Its an rather old game so dont expect too much for the resolutions
The multiplayerserver is nearly empty

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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
For hardcore fans of Magic: The Gathering or similar card games, Etherlords II is a must-play as there are decidedly few original games like it ten years on from its initial release.

Etherlords II is a meaty card battling adventure game with five lengthy campaigns to play through, each featuring its own unique mix of cards to collect and enemies to fight.

This is a tough game to beat too and the later levels will require you to leverage every advantage you can in order to win. For those that are not so comfortable with excessive terminology and tactics however, the easy mode still makes for a fun experience.

Whereas the first Etherlords was an interesting proof of concept only, Etherlords II is the inevitable expansion of that idea and one that works a whole lot better.

It’s a solid game, one saved by a remarkably diverse battle system and a dizzying array of fun strategies and deckbuilding potential.

Read the full retrospective at my blog »
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This is one of my all time favourite card games. Despite its age, it holds up remarkably well thanks to solid gameplay mechanics, and the graphics come from an era of 3D where their aging looks don't count against the game at all. The story and voice acting are fun, with the game giving you access to a bunch of different tactics and gimmicks you can play in your decks. All kinds of synergies and cool strategies for you to discover and come up with. The game is constantly challenging you as well, setting you up against very specifically designed decks, leaving you to figure out how to make decks of your own that counter them. I can easily recommend this game to any fan of card games.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
It might look a bit dated, but it's still great fun! Much akin to Magic The Gathering, but with a kinder learning curve, an RPG element and exploration!
When you start off you don't have that many spells, but as you progress and defeat more enemies your available spell collection grows. Really great fun! highly recommended

Personal Rating: Worth the price and a great game to boot!
Score Rating: 80% - good fun at a great price!
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Do you know anything about Heartstone? Is it that it's kind of a ripoff of Magic The Gathering? Well, Blizzard were not the first ones to rip those damn cards. Etherlords did it first, and I personally think this game still holds up to Heartstone, if what you're looking is a singleplayer experience. As usual I'll start talking about the things the game doesn't do right:

The game has a story on it, a story that seems somewhat deep for a card-based game... However, it never got hooked to it. Seriously, it's quite boring. It also doesn't help the story that most characters have less than average voice-acting to them.

Another issue I have with it is the difficulty. Most of the enemies in the game are okay, offer a good challenge, and being defeated usually means that you should look at your deck and change your cards, as there's probably a better way to deal with this sh#t. However, one of the races on the game seems to have some balance issues: the Pale race. These guys don't f#ck arround. Some of their monsters are hilariously broken, as they're insultingly hard to kill (they usually just go hollow when you kill them, becoming a ghost but being able to return to life in exchange of mana or other stuff), and some of them deal insane amounts of damage, while also draining your HP. Seriously, build yourself the most broken and lame deck against those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.

The last thing is that the multiplayer is long dead. Now there are ways to play with people, even while the servers died years ago by using third-party software... But there's barely anyone who has the game. I HAD IT YEARS AGO WHEN IT RELEASED AND EVEN THEN IT WAS HARD TO PLAY WITH SOMEONE! This game did not get any attention during it's life-time, and it shows.

However, is the game good? Holy crap, it is.

The gameplay is a real good challenge, an entertaining strategy game were you're always trying to build your deck to get better, but also a game were defeat is usually just the perfect chance to get better. Something like that is hard to pull off.

The amount of different cards, races and monsters is also quite great. There are tons of different strategies you can build to yourself, along with the tons of different enchantments, traps, artifacts and other crap you can get your hands on.

The level system is also interesting, and I liked it a lot. As you level up, you can select extra passive skills such as regenerating some HP each X turns, getting an extra card each X turns and so on. They really make you feel like your deck and character is unique.

Do I recommend this game? Yeah, IF you're a fan of this kind of strategy games. If you like Magic The Gathering, Yu-gi-oh, Heartstone and all of those other weird card based games, you'll like it a lot. If you're not a fan of those but you like strategy games, it might also interest you. If you're neither of those, you should turn arround.

Oh, and ♥♥♥♥ Exile. I f#cking hate that spell. It can go f#ck a d#ck sideways on the shadow realm.

TL:DR Edition: Old card based game that ripped off Magic The Gathering, mostly singleplayer because of dead multiplayer. If you like Heartstone and other card games, give it a try on a sale.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
One of the best turn-based card games with RPG elements
This is one OLD game, but it is still a gem every gamer who favours turn-based games should play. Its kinda combination of Heroes, diablo and card game. It all starts when you choose one of four fractions and play the fraction's campaign. As you go through the story, you and your hero gain new cards in form of monsters and spells from which you create your "deck" , therefore offense and defense for your actual hero with intention to kill the opponent's hero. There are MANY kinds of those monsters, some got its own spells, and other special abilities so you will surely have good time building the best deck combos :)

GOOD things:
  • You will love customizing the deck
  • It's old game - no need for a good (in this time, not even bad :D ) hardware
  • I imagine it will be nicely playable on tablets
  • Long time to beat all the campaigns
  • Hot-seat, online and training battles modes
BAD things:
  • Graphics on nowadays big displays
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
85.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Good old classic game right here! Solid gameplay, and pretty fun if you're into the whole turn based strategy game genre.
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Snazzy Nautilus
82.6 hrs
Posted: September 11
I think this is the best game ive ever played ive played it ever since i was 4 years old and now 11 years later it still will forever hold a special place in my heart
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Mongoloid Mike
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 7
I can't imagine why anyone would want to try to play this 15 year old at this point.
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20.6 hrs
Posted: July 20
I got this game due to its price and the many glowing reveiws. They left me a little concerned as they seemed to be mostly based on nostalgia for this game or for the genre/era.

It starts off a little rough with few actual tactical (per encounter) or strategic (long ranging) choices. The card management interface is clunky which is exasperated by the constant need to devise specialty decks. Each new non-grind opponent comes with his own specialty battlefield that harmonizes with their decks leaving you to more often than not have to rebuild your deck. About halfway through the first half every fight was pretty trivial using one or two decks, with no way of being able to anticipate which deck was the the good choice for the encounter. As you cannot ascertain what the specialty battlefield will be until you suffer it the first attempt.

*Minor Spoiler*
About halfway through you switch up your POV taking on a new Protagonist and reseting your deck. At this point the game lost what little enjoyment it had for me. You get zero options as far as deck configuration, so you have to play it as is, and it is not designed to handle the next few opponents. The battles were not complex or interesting, but as the battlefield was designed for them it become a long odds roll of the dice to win.

In the end I would say unless this was one of your early fell-in-love with games or you massively love the genre of early card games give this one a pass.
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2,008.5 hrs
Posted: July 7
My aunt gave me that game in 2004 year. I was crying and wanted to exchange that game on other cause I didn't know how to play. When I finally got it , I played a lot of in it. I even lost milk tooth during battle with Hopper xD
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15.7 hrs
Posted: June 27
I loved the Etherlords 1 back in the old days. So when i saw this on sale, I instantly wanted to go for it. Unfortunately there are no mission maps provided at the steam version of this, so this is pretty much a rip off to me, who enjoyed vastly the skirmish maps of first games. There does not seem to be any maps available to download either so I am considering a refund, not because of the price of measly 2 euros, but for the thought of being scammed.

Will just go find my old Etherlords 1 and enjoy that some more I suppose. Didn't bother testing with the campaign. It was good in Etherlords 1, but not the thing that attracted myself.

The game itself is a charm, even though it's quite old. If you enjoy Magic the gathering kind of card games or TCGs in general, this game might be for you. Etherlords 2 is not so much about map control from what I heard but I didn't have much chance to test the mission kind of gameplay anyways so how would I know.

If you want just the core TCG part of the game, sure. Else dont bother purchasing this version!
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19.4 hrs
Posted: June 26
It corrected and improved almost every flaw that the original Etherlords had.
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[BB] Magus
9.6 hrs
Posted: June 19
This one gives you the true feeling of acomplishment when you beat your oponents. I enjoyed it alot back in the day, and was surprised it aged very well, it's still as fun as it was.
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Felix Mage
3.8 hrs
Posted: June 18
This game simply came out at the wrong time, if it came out now in the time where Hearthstone is so well known it would have surely gained alot of popularity.
For me, it is the card game I enjoyed the most.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: June 15
A very good turn-based fantasy strategy game! I love it!
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