Ascension to the Throne is a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. In a vast fantasy world the hero will have to pass many tests on his way to victory. Enemies seek to stop players from regaining power and taking revenge. Gain new friends to aid you in reclaiming the throne.
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Very Positive (115 reviews) - 84% of the 115 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 26, 2007

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Ascension to the Throne is a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. In a vast fantasy world the hero will have to pass many tests on his way to victory. Enemies seek to stop players from regaining power and taking revenge. Gain new friends to aid you in reclaiming the throne. Become the King you were born to be - wise, brave and courageous.

Players will act as the last offspring of the ancient family Illiar, which has ruled Eden for ages. But times have changed and traitorous enemies attacked the castle. They slaughtered the prince's family and destroyed the settlement, but they didn't crush his will. A very powerful spell cast by a magician threw the hero far beyond the borders of the country. He was on his own - without relatives, friends, army and without money. He lost everything he was proud of but still he was alive and chose the path of vengeance.

Players will explore a new fascinating world, full of foes and friends. They will have to crush hordes of enemies and find new followers to regain the title and ascend to the throne.

Key features:

  • Open ended non-linear gameplay
  • Combination of real-time movement around the game world and turn-based battles
  • Large-scale tactical battles. Up to 22 squads (up to 16 units in each)
  • Players are not bounded by separate missions. They can go to any part of the game world and explore it. The game world is integral and players are free to choose any direction
  • Original concept. The Hero is the player, and instead of giving orders and watching the battles from a safe place, he participates in them by himself. But remember, that you can easily loose your Hero in the heat of a battle

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/10
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6600 or higher graphic card with 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/10
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6600 or higher graphic card with 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
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108 of 120 people (90%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2014
This used to be my favourite game when i was a child. I bought it after beatin Warcraft 3, and loved it a lot. I also replayed it a few times and enjoyed it every time. About a year ago i tried to play Kings bounty, but enjoyed it a lot less than this game. Maybe it's nostalgia, but i really love that in this game every unit is separate, when in KB it's just one unit with the number. It makes it a lot more fun for me.
This game may have bad graphics, but does this even matter? It's best part is the fighting system. It's not too long, so i didn't get bored with figths, which are, by the way, pretty different each time. If you played KB, you should know what i'm talking about. In Ascension it also matters how many units you put into one cell. It may be 1 weak soldier, which can be a bait, or a group of them. In the second scenario the group is more likely the distract the enemy, they can even protect more important units with their own bodies, which you couldn't do in KB, but the also can be destroyed by one hit of the wizard, while putting them into separate groups makes it longer to take them all down.
The rpg part is not very developed, this is true. There is no skill tree or anything like that. But if you choose to be a wizrd, which is a wise choise, you definatly will enjoy finding new spells, like triple fireballs or distraction. Most of them can be bought learned from wizards in towns, but some, like fast travel spell, are hidden on the map. However, if you want the game to be more challanging, make your hero a warrior and don't learn spells.
The world is divided into three continents. The land of humans, the land of orcs and barbariabs and the land of demons. Each of them is full of characters, secrets and side quests. It's really interesting to explore in ths game. If you do, you may find a worthy treasure.
Side quests in this game are rather small, but more interesting, than just "kill-bring" ones. There are such quests as drinking competiton, detective quest. In most of those you can express your will. For example, in the detective quest you can either punish the criminal you find, or take his money + keep him available as a merchant.
There are also several items in this game, which cost a lot, A LOT of money. You'll have to complete some side quests in order to buy them. Those are armour, rings etc. Funny thing: you won't be able to buy some items. Merchants will tell you that they are no use for you. They are actually useful for a main caracter of the sequel, which is sadly not on steam. Those items are easter eggs of some sort.
I found the plot interesting. The final battle is pretty epic. Plus there are some interestings parts of the main quests, in which you, for example, will have to get rid of all your weapons and armour, your whole army too, and dress as a monk in order to enter a city, taken over by a demon. Hten you'll have to fight him without all things you left behind. If you're a wizard - it's difficult. If you're a warrior - good luck.
The in-game journal is done decently. It doesn't say "kill 10 rats, dragonborn". The notes in it always fit the atmosphere, and, if you read them, may contain useful hints.
I definatly recommend this game.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2014
This game truly could have been fantastic. It is a tad difficult at the beginning when your hero is too weak but then becomes quite enjoyable as things balance out a bit. By about 1/3 of the way through you are becoming so powerful that the battles are pretty much a joke. A few minor tweaks and the story, battles, and overall gameplay would shine. It is pretty much set up so that whoever acts first in the battle comes out on top.
All the same, it was 15-20 hours of decent fun.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
First time played it when it came out on torrent's got a pirated version. Finished it like 4x, when I saw this I was really happy and wanted to buy it. The game is fun, it's very playable even with old graphics, engine, bugs etc. They don't matter, it's fun and can be playind over and over with different combat style. If you like games like Heroes of Might and Magic then you need to try this game out. Love the game, still rocks, would suggest anyone to get it for only 3,99€
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
This game is pretty good and definitely worth the price. If you are concerned with graphics then look at the pictures before you buy(I think the graphics are decent but not up to date). If you are having trouble in the beginning read some guide or walkthrough before you decide the game is bad or to hard. Exploring and finding the shrine looking things and enemies to fight makes the game easier. You generally want bonuses to authority if you have a choice between bonuses unless you want the game to be pretty hard. Making your character a mage or using good ranged troops probably makes the game easier.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Pretty rough start but once you get the hang of it, a great game with a good story and 20hours of gameplay to offer to any one considering grabbing this game.The combat is turn based and the hero tho he can fight is best kept faaaaar away from the front lines until he got the hitpoints to take all the damage that will be thrown at him.

When starting this game you are a weak hero that will depend on his cannon fodder, you will die allot learning this game, once you got the hang of it i suppose the combat can get a bit repetitive but not for long depending on your pace.Units requires Authority, that you acquire from chests,statues and when you level up.The units you can hire are limited but reappear over time in case you screw up badly so no need to worry about running out of cannon fodder any time soon.

Items seems to only be usable by the hero , a real shame really but oh well, not much of a collection any ways.You can buy rings from merchants that boost your or your soldiers stats and the blacksmiths can sell/give you a weapon and armor to help with progressing from place to place.A great trick i learned in the game was to buy a ring that gives authority, wear it and buy a extra soldier or two and then swap it with a ring that boost the soldiers stats.

Time is on your side in this game as there seems to be no time limits, but there are some crash issues with the game but all in all it should not happen allot, but best to save offten to be on the safe side.My game crashed a couple times and at the end of the game as well, but luckly auto save does save the game at each battle so no need to rage over having to do all the non stop fights from scratch tho you still got to do the last fight over again.

Other then a couple crashes, no other bugs exept a one time strange bug that teleported me on the top of a mountain that surprised me as i was far away from the mountain walking down, funny and harmless as it turned out i could walk down without getting stuck.

All in all i had a blast and would rate this game at a solid 5 out 6 stars.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
Fantastic Game. A real steam budget jem. Think i spent like 4 bucks on it but got a good 25 hours play. Its like a hybrid of heroes of might and magic and an rpg. well worth a play
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I can remember myself starting to play this game 9 years ago. I was amazed since the start. I was forced to quit playing too soon.
Then when I found it in a bundle I didn't think 2 times in paying for it. I play a lot of RPG and strategy games and it is funny for me that I feel so good by playing this old game.
In my opinion, it is a must to play for every RPGs lover.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Great game,

I have to say I am very impressed with this title. It came as a shock to me when I actually enjoyed the game.

At the beginning it can be very difficult especially for new players, ME!, however it gives a good amount of side quests for you to gain levels. Overall the story is quite good.

However, I feel as if the game was rushed towards the end because their was such a lack luster of side quest content. This felt as a shame to me but, it does not change me conclusion. Other then being short and rushed towards the end this game it great and worth the money.

Hope you enjoy!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
My first RPG game i ever played. The RPG things r not so good, but the ones allows the game playable:
Turnbased strategy: Feels good enough. Can sometimes be so easy, the kind of units are lot. But AI is bad.
Chapters: 3 chapters exist. The one in Oganthar (more boring than others cuz of the start and unfortunately its longest), the one in Annaroth (most enjoying one) the one in Airath (the things ends up, some kind of easy win).
Enjoy this if u liek strategy

♥♥♥♥ wolfguard.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
I like the game because it is a D&D type game, but the fighting is difficult and often impossible. You have to play the game in order - it is not an open ended game. If you don't overcome each step, you can't advance.
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43.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
Addicted? yes
Want help? No
Need help? Maybe
Love this game and would of gladly paid more for it. Dont let first glance at graphics fool you
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16.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
amazing rpg/strategy game
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Azor Ahai
15.2 hrs
Posted: September 8
This game is old but gold.
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15.6 hrs
Posted: July 8
It kinda breaks my heart, but I can't recommend this game.

I did finish the game and it has to be said that there's just no other game out there like this, but at the end of the day this game is just barely functional at every level.

The tactical combat works, but is very exploitable. The RPG elements balloon completely out of control very quickly until you're an unstoppable badass. Basic services that should be in the game, such as garrisons, simply don't exist, and others, such as inns, exist but for no reason. The translation is terrible and the story is worse.

So I can't recommend this in good concious, but if after all that warning you still play and you happen to own a game studio, for god's sake make a good version of this.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: July 7
This game sounded really cool from the description, but it is really a snoozer.

The controls are awkward, if not bad.
The fights are awkward, if not unbalanced.
The plot is non-existent.

Oh, and you have to go into the directory and delete files if you want to actually play the game.

Not worth the $5 I spent on it. Don't waste yours.
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19.1 hrs
Posted: June 13
So first off: If you have Windows 10, this game might not work! It works for me when I set it to use XP SP3 on compatibility settings, but the resolution isn't great with that for some reason.

Anyway. Wow, this game has surprised me. Strong RPG element, you play Alexander, King of Airath, and control him on his quest to regain his throne. Apart from travelling around the world on your quest, the other big element is turn-based strategy combat. It's fairly simple to understand and to get good at.

I thought after an hour that the game would take me about 10 hours to complete, having looked at the map. I got to what I thought would be the end of the game, and turns out there's a whole new world!

Some minor flaws in lack of attention to detail - spelling errors, occasional graphics bugs, but nothing that I feel spoils the game.

Enough difficulty that you can't just sail through, but not so difficult that you give up. For the price it's definitely worth it.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: June 11
Graphics are difficult to look at but they manage. Controls are ok but it's difficult to see what quests you have, conersations are text based and combat is turned based that makes a weird mix that I do not find fun to play.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: May 18
This game use to be great. I bought it again, and it is just sad. I can't even run it anymore. 10/10 on the ♥♥♥♥, but 0/10 on the actual game. Fix your ♥♥♥♥.
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17.7 hrs
Posted: April 28
Great gg
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4.5 hrs
Posted: March 29
its a decent game you collect troops and fight in turn based combat but lately the game does not want to work for me not sure why
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