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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Ejnox
( 53.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Game that got me into gaming, back in 2003. Worth every penny.
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CGamer
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
If you've ever wanted to play an CCG campaign, this game probably remains the best option out there to this day. Gave it another spin years after I first bought it and got hooked right back into a full playthrough. That was before I bought the game again on Steam.

There's a strong sense of progression with good RPG elements, and your unlocks/opposition force you to frequently innovate/change your deck.

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<™[-=> Cookiez <=-]™>
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
It's a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game with lousy controls. I went for the tutorial and then I stopped.

PROS
1. Cool name
Etherlords. Good choice.

CONS
1. It doesn't make the cut.
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BadassFreeman
( 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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rosieox
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Oh my goodnes was this AWFUL... I trried to undrestand and play..I've been playing computer games for 20 years... this was just terrible. I could never understand how to play this game.
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tarlamone
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t you rely on rng and there is not alot of strategy that you can use + enemy always overpowers you at least at the start of the game if you don't get good skills you will get your ♥♥♥ kicked by some kimd of stupid bat
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Figsak
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
A great and rare old title. The inabilty to unlock the camera is inexcusable, but this game is hours of card battle/RPG fun.
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Blue
( 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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Redeemed
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 2, 2015
Totally ridiculous waste of time. Don't even play it if it's free and you are bored out of your mind. Being bored is better!
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FissionChip
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 11, 2015
Etherlords is Magic The Gathering meets Heroes of Might & Magic. There is a lot to enjoy here and it's one of my all time favourites, something I just keep coming back to over the years, each time getting a little bit further. When I saw it was on Steam I couldn't resist picking it up. I recommend playing it on Easy as some of the battles are extremely tough even then, and playing as Vitalis first as it seems to be the easier campaign.

While the English voice acting could be better, the in-battle voices are all in fantasy languages which sound great! some of the animations can take a little too long and the AI can make some weird decisions, but these don't take away from what is a very relaxing and enjoyable game, with a nice, if sometimes erratic, difficulty curve. Great music, sound and creature designs (seriously, what happened to good creature designs like this?) come together to create a rather under-appreciated experience.

Highly recommended for the MTG or other card game enthusiasts out there.
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HowDoUAim
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 7, 2015
I've tried everything to get this game to play. I've fiddled with various options in the settings.exe, run.cmd, and settings.cfg files to disable the videos and many other things. Also ran in various compatibility modes, as well as installed Microsoft XNA framework.

No matter what I do, every time I start up I get a black screen that quickly exits back to the desktop, with a message reading, "Can't create D3D object. (0x80004002) Unrecognized error value." I've also searched Steam forums and Google for this issue, and I see that many people using a 64-bit operating system seem to be having this issue, but there is also nobody that knows how to make the game playable.

No game should be this difficult to get running. I can play much older games with a simple compatibility change, yet this game just seems to hate 64-bit OSes.
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alex.niral
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: August 15, 2015
After playing Etherlords II for 10 hours, I realised that the game cheats. It ALWAYS has the cards to beat your deck and a creature one level below you has a superior deck EVERYTIME, even when playing in easy mode. Seriously pathetic programing. If you like getting frustrated, then buy this game.
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Shikei001
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 8, 2015
Could not play it with Win 7 no matter what I tried.
With Win 10 it WORKS NOW !


Thanks for a tiny bit of my childhood :D
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crazyguy_co
( 55.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 5, 2015
Decent simple little old dos game. nothing amazing, but very playable and once you get past the first couple pure luck fights in a scenario, the strategy is engaging.
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Headeater
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22, 2015
Buggy ♥♥♥♥. Better dont touch it.
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jack_the_beast
( 37.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11, 2015
great game. i'm not a fan of magin-like card games but this one it's really great! I absolutely suggest it!
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EnderCorePL
( 74.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3, 2015
Thank you for making the game avaliable here, this was one of my first ever strategy games, and I have to say, it's still awesome as it was :D.
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CelJaded
( 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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Ultack
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19, 2015
And another ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game where the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t random factor decide everything for you, you draw ♥♥♥♥ consistently while your enemy get all he needs and your fate is seal. Your tactical skill are of no use when the devs rely on the lazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t complete random generator.
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Son HAXOR
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15, 2015
I definitelly recommend this game for everyone who played magic(cards), or any other type of thies games. The story is pretty simple and graphics arent great, but if you like old school games, I think you will like this.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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124 of 135 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
Video Review:
http://youtu.be/xB8jtzB6ATg

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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66 of 75 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.5 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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Game of my childhood, played multiple amount of times, it's really addictive if you love experimenting with different spells and find creative ways to win a battle.

It could be compared to Magic the Gathering, although this game is a bit dated, it's still great amount of fun, hopefully the multiplayer will be fixed though ( Dosen't seem to work for me) as this game is one of the best card games I've ever played and I wish many others to experience the same.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Etherlords 2 is a card game with 3D Models ,5 uniqe races and challenging campaign . Gameplay is similar to regular card games so you should be familiar with the concept . Campaign has overtop map like Heroes of Might and Magic only instead of fighting on a grid it turns into card game during combat .

This game is pretty old and does not support high resolution . Poor texture is a bit annoying but overall design and artstyle made it age like a fine cheese .

Surprisingly Etherlords2 has more depth than most modern games . Aside from basic spells and creatures you also can level up your hero to gain uniqe abilities and use several different artifacts. There is also some resource management as you will have to buy/sell cards in shops and look for resources around the map .

The best way to play this game is HotSeat PVP or over 2 computers with a friend but single player campaign is enjoyable too . You can probably use 3d party software to find oldschool players but at that point it's not worth the hussle for me .

The campaign plays similar to Heroes of might and Magic but with less features . Some fights can take you 50+ tries even with the right deck . Its very fun to build specific decks to kill overpowered opponents which is kinda similar to Hearthstone Boss fights .

If you are a big cardgame fanatic you own to yourself to cheak the PvP mode or you can even enjoy playing story mode by yourself.

Considering the age of this game I would give it 8/10 . Etherlords 2 is a bit wird because they tried to make the game different from HOMM while keeping some of the features that were not necessary . As a result the campaign mode feels like a bad copycat of Heroes of M&M + cardgame .

Selling Etherlord2 for $1 is insulting because it should be considered PC classic . If you like card games you should try it and maybe you will have many hours of fun .
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
Thank you for making the game avaliable here, this was one of my first ever strategy games, and I have to say, it's still awesome as it was :D.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
I definitelly recommend this game for everyone who played magic(cards), or any other type of thies games. The story is pretty simple and graphics arent great, but if you like old school games, I think you will like this.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
This is a fun game. Nothing earth shattering, but it's well worth the price. I do wish it had more resolution options, but that's a small quibble.

You have 18 (or 16, can't remember) spell / card slots and as you progress through the story you build your deck. In combat, you get a random hand from that pool with additional cards each turn. I do like the mana system - it's not cards like a lot of card games. Your mana increasea over time and can be boosted with spells (and you can reduce your opponent's). Feels nice.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2014
Blast form the past, a MTG clone game which is surprising challanging and deep. Dont expect much from graphics as there the same from the orginal back on 98
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
This and Etherlords 1 both involve turn-based, spell-casting "battles" against various evil entities of the forest lands where the game takes place. Graphics seem a bit dated, but game seemed to run fine on Win 8.

If you're into this genre, then maybe this is one to add to your library when on sale. Got both in a bundle, myself, but disk space is getting short, so...

Beautiful buxom female characters to look at, if nothing else...☺
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
Old classic - I remember playing this in high school. Anyway great game,

+ simple rules, complex tactical gameplay
+ big variety of possible decks
+ high difficulty campaign
+ decent graphics for such old game

- lacks "modern" UI features like multiple deck slots, keyboard bindings
- no way to speed up the fight
- cheating AI (bosses at the end of campaigns have insane amount of mana/ether)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2014
Compared to Etherlords I, this game has had some changes for the better and some arguably for the worse. The graphics and engine appeared about the same. Combat still plays similar to Magic the Gathering, and you still have a hero that travels the world map. However, you no longer have a base to defend and you have only one hero instead of multiple. There are no more 'turns' on the map view so your hero just moves along at your own pace to gather resources; the game still tracks 'days' by your movement to determine resource collections and world effects. The camera is also locked onto your hero now so you can't survey the map as you could in the first game, which can be a pain.

Also you only now have 3 resource types instead of the 8 or so in the previous game which makes tracking them simpler; resources are still collected, and are still used to purchase new spells. A major difference in this game, and one I liked, was that you can keep a selection of spells in reserve apart from your 'spellbook' for battle, so you can swap spells out between battles. You also no longer have to worry about running entirely out of good spells, as your spell supply is replenished automatically after every battle. However, now all spells - even basic ones - have limits as to how many you can cast in a battle. This balances out the auto resupply, and I found it a welcome change. Heroes still gain XP from battles to increase HP and learn skills similar to the first game. Many of the spells and skills are the same, though there are some new ones too.

Tooltips can now be set to appear just by hovering, but the delay means that usually you will still be spending a lot of time right-clicking to be able to instantly view the info about everything. The tutorials have been drastically improved (and because of this I might recommend to actually play this one first). The voice acting has improved from some of the worst in the first game to fairly decent in this game, which is good because now there are voices for characters as you travel around the map in game and not just for the objectives screen. Really the only thing I didn't like much or found frustrating was the obnoxious camera for the world map; it was nothing spectacular in the first game but now it is a major pain being locked on to your character (making the minimap almost entirely useless), often spinning around when you don't want it to, and zoomed in quite far.

Fortunately the combat is about the same as in the first game which is to say very fun and the main focus of the game, improved further by your ability to exert greater control over your spellbook and more immediate access to new spells that can be swapped in instantly rather than having to charge them at a portal like in the first game. Overall, I recommend to fans of the first game or of CCG / MTG-like games or RPGs.
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Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
Etherlords II feels like a game lost in what it's predecessor could have been, and what it wants to be. It strives to give the same sense of battle as the previous game: turn based card battles in the same vein as Magic the Gathering. However, it has taken all jeopardy out of those battles. Normally, for me this would not be a bad thing, and indeed it is helpful, in that the game is formated much more like and RPG, like a story. So each battle gives much needed XP and strategy information for further battles, and if one tactic doesn't work, another might.

This would all work wonderfully, but for the fact that the story you gain is so scant, and the game primarily turns into a map crawl where you guess and pick and choose at which creatures are the best to pick this time. If the game made the battles interesting, it would be one thing, but as a person who finds chess ultimately dull, this game made me horribly bored. Plus there was no risk; you could just "try again" at any battle, having lost nothing, so the game turns into an exercise not really in strategy per se, so much as a guessing and recording game for each of the story lines, where you figure out what is effective through tedious trial and error, then reenact it on any higher level monster of the same type with the same types of creatures.

The lack of investment this wrought, for me made the story boring, the battles tedious and the tactics canned. With the sound and the graphics obviously salvaged from it's predecessor, this is barely two steps up the ladder from the first game, which was in all honesty more difficult and with a higher risk, but also much too punishing. This sequel makes the opposite mistake, where there are no stakes, no worry, and the only thing this serves to do is waste the player's time trying to determine the best way to play, or to engender cheating using anything from guides to actual codes in an attempt to grasp the story.

I cannot in good faith recommend this game.
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Recommended
37.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
great game. i'm not a fan of magin-like card games but this one it's really great! I absolutely suggest it!
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