Time has come to join the dark side. Take a trip to the other side of Teana, to the part of the world that has yet remained unseen to the royal bounty hunters.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (343 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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"This time you can play a villain for the dark side, Vampire, Demoness or Ork. More quests, some new units, old proven King's Bounty gameplay - same fun!"

Premium edition

Premium edition includes Dark Side Cookies bonus DLC that features:

  • Clot of Darkness amulet providing bonus to money and experience
  • Two additional locations
  • Over a dozen additional quests and a new unit

About This Game

Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King’s Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

The world is in turmoil. After winning the battle of Tristrem, arrogant elves plunder Orcish villages, desecrate holy shrines, and massacre the innocents. Orc-Baghyr, the greatest living Orc warrior, is forced to flee with a handful of loyal followers. He vows to return with a stronger force and retake his homeland!

Armies of human knights invade the land of Atrixus. A young Demoness named Neoleene, still mourning the death of her royal father, and her small unit of devoted imps is all that stands in the way of the invading horde.

Castle of the ancient Morton clan is threatened by an army of vampire hunters. Young Daert leaves home to seek allies among the other Dark races. All must join him or perish.

Fates of the three heroes are sealed. They come together in the depths of the Black Cave, where many centuries ago races of Light imprisoned Ancient Evil. The heroes exchange vows and share antique artifacts, then gather their armies and march to fight for the very survival of their race. They must unite against the Light or face extinction!

  • New companion system (different companions for each character);
  • New battle companion;
  • New units, artifacts, and rage abilities;
  • Over 100 new quests and 15 new locations.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3 required), Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz and better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 with 128 Mb VRAM or similar AMD card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
King's Bounty : Dark Side comes in with a fresh viewpoint and good intentions-it is a big step forward over the dullsville that was Warriors of the North, but after starting relatively strong the game becomes a repetitive, challenge-free grindfest that saps your will to press on and finish the game.

The game has a few seemingly unrelated issues that come together in the midgame that really make it boring to play:

  • The game is not set up will to allow you to change out armies easily-you don't have anywhere to put your effective, proven army compositions in storage while you try out a new army type, and recruiting a new army from scratch is super expensive for most of the game. As a result, every fight plays out the same, and since you generally fight the same armies over and over, you wind up banging your head for hours playing the same fight with different permutations over and over.
  • Once it stops being expensive, it doesn't matter becuase the game becomes so easy (even on Impossible, the difficultly I played at) , the units are poorly balanced and while the game does its best to just overwhelm you with AI stack sizes it doesn't really matter, your armies still crush them due to abilities and stats.
  • The game is just too long, areas drag out and any novelty of being the bad guy is drained away as you get two pages of interesting story for every few hours of grinding fights.

I've played every KB game since The Legend, and I appreciate the fresh take on the story that Dark SIde is trying to do, but it is unfortunate that the rest of the game didn't get that same fresh coat of paint. I'm not opposed to playing games that take a long time to complete, but those games must make me change up my routine and present interesting strategy gaming play, which Dark Side does initially but fails to do as the game's systems scale out to larger numbers (in both stats and army size).

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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
The Good:
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the exploration and battles of the previous games. This game builds upon those established formulas and offers a fun experience for those who enjoyed that part of the ones that came before it.

The Bad.
The English localization is pretty bad. While very little of the dialogue is grammatically incorrect the phrasing and tone of many characters is awkward and confusing. Many conversations, especially those dealing with the evil nature of the player and their companions, come off as quite childish, almost like they were written by an 5 year old. Some of this may just be bad writing. It's hard to tell. Maybe they were aiming for dialogue that had a narmy charm to it? If so they fell slightly short.

Quest objectives are often vague and the solutions can be non-intuitive. In multiple cases I scouring a region for half an hour trying to find an item before discovering that the item in question was located in another region found later in the game. The icons for Quest Giver, Quest Objective, and Complete Quest are very hard to distinguish and often seem to be used incorrectly.

I recommend the game only to people who enjoyed the previous games primarily for the battles and exploration. If quests, plot, and dialogue matter significantly to you, you'll probably be happier spending your money on something else.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This has "we don't care" written all over it. For example:
One of the starting/tutorial-ish areas is this huge island with 3 armies to defeat, and absolutely nothing else. Nothing to collect, no sightseeing, no hidden booty. They even give you a ship so you can sail all around the island and make absolutely sure that, indeed, there is nothing else to do there. (other areas are ok)

The writing has the same vibe, though they do try to be funny. There's a fair share of really silly dialogues and a few embarassingly bad ones. The English localisation is ok but you can tell the game was written in Russian.

Quests are bland and sometimes feel they're only there to waste time between battles. Bait and switch endings, questgivers that send you to the same place several times, handful of fetch quests.

Skip unless you only care about the combat.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
95.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19

Kings Bounty; Dark Side is a turn based strategy game set in a hexagonal
honeycomb battlefield. This is the fifth game in the Kings Bounty series, and
I have found that for the most part, the game has remained unchanged from the
first game.

As a turn based strategy game, you lead troops into battle as an Orc,
a Demoness, or a Vampire on your choice of difficulty. Strategy and tactics
are at this games core, with your decisions on what kind of troops you use, what
class you choose, and what spells you use influencing how well you do in the game.
The Orc (warrior) gives a bonus to Attack, the Vampire (mage) leans more heavily
on spells and spell power, and the Demoness (Leader) is the middle ground,
relying on both magic and numbers of troops. Each unit or spell can synergize
with other units and spells, so you must be aware of what you are doing to excel.
There is a place for everything

This game series best and strongest feature is its combat. It is highly
enjoyable and satisfying. The issue I had with the game was that it is too easy.
While this game in the series starts out with a steeper learning curve in the
beginning, but it has the same problem as the other games; mid to late game
battles are too easy with the gear provided and abilities earned. It becomes
too simplistic and redundant. The difficulty level does not increase as your
characters power increases.

As for the story; it gets by, but is definitely not a strength to the
game. In this particular game, you play as a dark side character, but spend the
majority of your time doing fetch and carry missions or reuniting lost loves;
nothing that falls in line with the darkness of your character. This story
is the weakest one of all the series.

Graphically the game has not changed at all from previous games. Also,
the quest log hasn't changed from previous games-listing current and completed
missions on the same log, making it next to impossible to find a particular one.
You are bombarded with a multitude of quests that do not fall in line with the
character you represent. As to level design, you unlock different islands as you
progress, but in contrast to previous games, they made the islands larger and more
complicated, with convoluted roadways. I don't play this game to enjoy the
scenery between levels. By complicating the level design, it becomes more
annoying and doesn't respect the players time. It slows the gameplay down in
a negative way.

While the combat is good, it is unchanged from previous games in the
series. Graphically it is the same, the aesthetic is the same, the level design
has only been made worse. The story is a waste of time. I cannot recommend
this game, and would point you to the Kings Bounty; Armored Princess game if
you are curious to try out this gamestyle.

This is a summary of my review video, which I encourage you to watch
if you are looking for a more in-depth review.

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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
This game is OK. Unfortunately, the King's Bounty series has stagnated. They started out with a solid game, but successive iterations haven't really improved upon the original. I only own this game because it was included with a bundle and I'm unlikely to purchase any further King's Bounty games or replay the ones I own.

The combat in this game remains among the best of any strategy game I've ever played but the questing is miserable. Although the developers have thankfully taken the time to include the origin of each quest in the quest log, most quests in the log don't explicitly state where to go for each step (not where on the current map, or even which map). And in terms of content, almost all of the quests are simple fetch quests that require slowly shuffling back and forth between a few locations many times or collect quests that often devolve into a pixel hunt. Even with a flying mount and the new teleport mechanic, constantly running trivial errands is very boring indeed.

I feel like having some good voice acting might help ratchet up the fun-factor with some injections of character, but the quests in Dark Side are again text-driven. The fun-factor is also hindered by some serious flaws with the underlying quest engine: collect quests generally don't mark items as critical, leaving it possible to consume or destroy quest-sensitive items, quests frequently have hidden interdependencies making whatever quest you're currently on fail to update without feedback, etc. It is shockingly easy to find oneself with quests that are impossible to finish without restarting the game anew, but who wants to replay 80 hours just to deliver some thorn spores? Maybe a well-documented script console and/or comprehensive wiki pages from the developer would help here.

I think that my favorite KB is Crossworlds. On reflection, I think that the simple arena-style quest progression is what makes it so much better. Combat and army-building are the focus points and uninspired questing is greatly abbreviated. In contrast, I feel compelled to arm myself with pen and paper prior to sitting down with Dark Side and I hate having to do so. 1C must evolve or perish.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is weird, it's definitely a King's Bounty game, but its full of bugs and it looks like its not really a story. It looks more like they just threw together a bunch of half completed projects and map and called it a game. It's not terrible but where Armored Princess was a great game, this feels incomplete, unpolished and average at best.

A few things to add after playing longer... the balance is way off. Everything I am running into is stronger than me. You can still get through most fights but it costs a lot to replenish after each. But thankfully that is easy to do since they give you a teleport minion that you can use to run away from anything stronger than you (on the map) and go to your shelter where you have a shop with unlimited minions for your class (3 shops, one for each class).

Beyond this, BUGS BUGS BUGS. I don't know that I've ever played such a buggy game. You never know if quests end because the icons above the houses are mostly all broken, some quests I have show as every step completed but they won't reward me and other quests I try to advance but they just don't move.

This game is not worth it, maybe when it'll be 3-5$ but do yourself a big favor, don't go paying anywhere near full price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
150.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Okay, I bought the game on early access, and the quality was so poor, I deleted it and just recently tried playing it again. The game is very glitchy, and crashes often. It crashes when I try changing the resolution, loading games, turning the wrong direction... It is obviously rushed, there are a lot of areas that feel unfinished. There are a lot of instances where you can't get to chests, enemy troops, get stuck in spots due to bad layout.
The earlier games are pretty laced with phallic imagery and mostly-naked females (nipple armor is about all they get), so I knew that going in, but it is a bit much in this game. I wish we had the option of selecting somthing more than a thong for the character. It just made me feel like they were trying to get virgin 12 year old boys to like the game and overlook poor prgramming.
There is a lot of errand hunting and going back and forth in this game, which can make it seem kind of slow and pretty boring.
That being said, I enjoy playing it for the most part. It isn't as good as the other games, and it seems a bit lacking in content. There are a lot of names of NPC's that seem like they weren't supposed o be kept for final product (Marie Curie, Sandy ♥♥♥♥, etc) that are either real people or the kind of names that make me think of prank callers. Sometimes the dialogue is funny (when you can actually read the script, which is blurry and difficult to see at the best of times), but often it is very cheesy and amatuer. There is a different tone like there were several different writers that didn't talk to each other.
Turn-based games are hard to find, so for that reason, I am okay with the amount I spent on the game, but the quality is really lacking, and I won't buy any other games that may be released. I
Actual fighting in game is a little slower than I remembered, and some of the spells don't work (wanderer especially like Titan's Sword).
All in all, it plays like an unfinished product lacking quality. The clothing on women bothers me a bit in this one, and it might just be that it comes across too desperate and is kind of annoying, not sexy in any way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Pre-Release Review
This latest entry is just like the rest, but thats a good thing. The unique twist of playing the 'dark' characters was pretty cool. The graphics are good(3d vision works well except for some text). A medium level pc can easily run and enjoy this game as with all the other Kings Bounty games. My complaints are that the last couple of Kings Bounty games have had a lot of mission related bugs are there are perhaps too many mission details to keep track of and the engine doesn't always give you enough info to remember where you are with their progress. It can become confusing all too quickly with 100 or so missions available and I find them to be a big road block for me wanting to replay. I still recommend any of the Kings Bounty Games(I've played and finished all the single player ones) but the mission complexity is getting overkill and the amount of bugs they keep having to fix is very symptomatic of that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
All the other titles in this series are great. This looks like an incomplete mess. Same game, but it seems the maps were made and balanced by doofuses. Keep walking, or try the other ones in the series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
The game interface is a bit clunky. Also, many of the troops do not make sense, with some ranged units literally being able to run cicles around melee. The storyline flows as if it were written by a 7 year old, with 2 of the 3 storylines simply consisting of the leader dying and you having to take his place.
The battles are exceptionally long with a difficulty ramp that is fairly silly.
Dont buy this unless it is on sale for less than $5.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
71.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Going back and forth and island jumping, this game is really force me to buy another shoes. If you fan of King's Bounty you must buy this, but if not please reconsider to buy it, with many quest but minimum information and going to many places bouncing, your time will be spend not killing monster but go figures.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
I think this game is for someone who really likes other King's Bounty games. Becouse if you were expecting something new you won't get it. It is just new story with some new characters but nothig else. So if you like KB games and you aren'y bored with them yet.. Play! :) Just for fans really.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I found this game to be mind numbingly boring and slow. The battle system just didn't really float my boat but that wasn't the only thing. Very glitchy and some items are impossible to get to which annoys someone who likes to search and grab anything and everything possible.
I wouldn't waste any money on this and this is the first game I've been disappointed on spending any money on even when it was on sale. D: Even watching something while 'playing' this didn't help make this game any better or easy to tolerate.
I like the idea behind it and all but it's just missing so much to keep it interesting and fun so I uninstalled it because I'd go insane if I kept playing this even for random achievements.
This is my first legit 'no' for most people while other games I haven't recommended just weren't my cup of tea and I couldn't see it being my friends cups of tea either.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
147.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
After having just completed this game on impossible, I really just cannot recommend it. I'm a huge fan of the King's Bounty series but I feel like 1C is just dicking us around at this point. They're releasing a bug-riddled, rehashed, mostly re-appropriated-content game. I don't mind paying for a new 'campaign' essentially since the engine is the same for the most part and they carry over most of the same units, but this is really just a case of relabeling a bunch of units and calling it a day.

If you're an absolute completist, the game isn't unplayable. You should prepare to spend most of your time running around trying to figure out where you're supposed to be going, though, since the quest log is almost useless and you have to guess most of the time where the quests or story wants you to go. Most of the land is pretty lazily designed and doesn't flow that well. There are re-used maps aplenty.

Ultimately, I just don't know if I can keep playing these half-baked games. They have such a solid engine to begin with, they could probably just let some users come up with new stuff for them and release that, but I guess they just really have no intention of caring about these releases. Such a sad fate for such a promising initial entry.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Dark Side is impressive casual vision of KB! Highly recommended.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
After 5 monthes and 2 patches, the game is still full of bugs. It's simply unplayable and incomplete. I've played around 15 minutes, took several battles and got a bunch of bugs. If you want to play, use all gameplay abilities, take pleasure, you should not buy it till two or more patches are come.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
As someone who played (and enjoyed) both King's Bounty: The Legend and Armoured Princess/Crossworlds, all I can say about this one is that it is NOT worth your time and money by comparison. The game practically screams 'unfinished', with empty adventuring locales devoid of life, resources and the little touches of its previous installments, badly balanced encounters where practically everything you encounter is stronger than you and you lack the free-roaming of the earlier installments, and an extremely wonky opening act that does a poor job at introducing the world both gameplay- and storywise.

To be avoided.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12

This game has a good potential to be good.
1) the worst thing about this game is finding out who to talk to and what to do next in the quest line. you cannot skip steps either. you must complete everything in a certain order or the dialogue choice/quest item/quest npc will not appear! a lot of the quests don't get triggered until other unrelated quests are completed and it is just a mess.

2) quests are poorly designed. most of them have you deliver stuff and if someone is in the way kill it. in fact that is all the quests in the game i can think of right now. good thing there is no quest that makes you deliver a baby...imagine if a vampire or an orc or a demoness is delivering your baby. other than that you deliver anything and everything.

3) quests are bugged even in the premium version. or maybe no one ever found out how to complete/trigger some of the quests....who knows? but then quests are not the only bugs, some of the combat system like the female vampire's ability is bugged as well...i guess they never really tested the female vampire's ability in certain stages. then there is also phoenix that get resurrected on top of a person occupying the tile. then there is also bugs with the sheep that gets sheeped again (who would sheep a sheep? well what happen if someone did? then the game crash!) ....

4) Game certainly good, but monotony kills with a time. I prefer original part more. my assessment = 7\10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
121.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
While initially sceptical and even with a handful of bugs left i ended up liking this installment the best of all Kings Bounty games. Unfortunately it still inherits the inherit flaws of the prior games. Namely an unbalanced early game and a broken and drawn out late game. Still fun!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
109.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
The good: Greater variety of units near the start and a more non-linear structure than Warriors of the North. Also units aren't a micromanagement nightmare. Furthermore, early demon and undead armies provide interesting play. The shortage of crystals also makes spell choice more meaningful.

The bad: The writing quality slides past the first few islands - be prepared for quest instructions that are hopelessly vague, inconsistent or plain wrong, nearly deserted islands, encounter levels are a mishmash and the main plot starts to fall into 'people attack you for no good reason'. The ending is particularly unsatisfying in this regard.

The ugly: 1280x960 resolution (and all other options creating a horribly pixelated mess) is horribly antiquted in 2014.

Worth playing if you already have played king's bounty (or similar games like HOMM), but not the best entry of the series.

Good overall design held back by uneven execution.
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