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. Take advantage of buying the game at a reduced price available during Early Access right now!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (205 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!"

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November 15

King's Bounty: Dark Side Updated

This small update addresses the following issues:

  • Crash when using teleporter to find Bastet (this one may require a new game since certain location information is stored in a saved game unfortunately)
  • An error in dialog (Aguzyk Bigaxe)
  • Leadership calculation formula for Priestesses improved
  • Problems with items Vampire kiss and Guts out
  • Spell not found (spell_odin_wizdom)
  • Some minor script errors.


Это небольшое обновление исправляет следующие ошибки:

  • Вылет игры при телепортации к Бастет (к сожалению, может потребоваться новая игра, так как часть информации о локациях хранится в сохранённой игре)
  • Ошибка в диалоге (Aguzyk Bigaxe)
  • Улучшен расчёт лидерства для Жриц
  • Исправлены проблемы с предметами "Поцелуй вампира" и "Кишки наружу"
  • Исправлена ошибка с одним из заклинаний (spell_odin_wizdom)
  • Исправлены несколько ошибок в скриптах.

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September 2

King's Bounty: Dark Side Updated

1. Crash that occurred when a unit linked with String of Life walked into a trap has been fixed;
2. Dark elves can be hired from Nazimus The Dark;
3. A chest that couldn't be collected in the sea near Amazonia has been moved;
4. Troops can't be hired anymore in the ghost ship on White Mountain;
5. Minor fixes in various dialogs.

1. Исправлен вылет срабатывании ловушки на юните, связанном нитью жизни;
2. Добавлены темные эльфы в магазин Назимуса Темного;
3. Перемещен неберущийся сундук в море у Амазонии;
4. Убран магазин в корабле-призраке на Белой Горе;
5. Минорные исправления в диалогах.

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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I've played all of the KB games. The first 2 are the best. Next up, I'd put this game. Warriors of the North was very convuluted, and reused far too many maps from the previous games. I felt like 50% of tha game was simply playing through the first 2 again. KB: Dark Side rekindles that fire I felt in the first 2 games. Yes, you will see many of the same units and spells as the other games, but most of the maps are new, and the story presents a different aspect, as you are playing on the side of evil. This is much closer to a "new game" than Warriors of the North in my opinion.

That said, I wish we'd get a whole new KB game, with a new engine, all new units and spells, maps one of these days.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
98.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
It's a good game overall. It really is, gives almost as much enjoyment as previous iterations. So why the thumb down? Because there are issues which I'm not willing to see in future releases of this game, nor in any other games for that matter.

There are reviews saying that the developers completly ignored the community. I personally don't care if devs are listening to community or not, as long as they're good enough to release a consistent product. Which this is not. In far too many places it looks like the devs (level designers mostly) were thinking "ok, here's a draft of a level, I'll save it now and finish it some time closer to the deadline", and then never did.
First catacombs are ridiculously lined with eggs along the corridors walls, just like someone would launch a level editor and made click, click, click, click to spray them in few minutes and voila! We have a level!
On Whitehill there was not enough will to do even that, it's just a barren land with a couple of enemies and badly aligned textures.
Aralan feels deserted even thought there's no reason for that in the story, it's an Elven mainland!
Most other levels are ok, but from time to time you'll see things that strike you how someone couldn't be arsed to finish something on a decent level.
You don't release something in such a merry state, they should rather cut such unfinished content alltogether. Now it's like a lovely pie with a ball of poo on top instead of a cherry.

Then there are bugs. Not game breaking ones (I haven't had even a single in-game crash), rather little or bigger annoyances. Like inability to have an aspect-ratio correct display with sharp graphics (everything gets soft-scaled with some blurry filter), unless you switch your monitor to game's native resolution (1680x1050) without scaling, which makes things look better (but still not perfect). Or crashes when you switch resolutions (had to edit the configuration file manually). Or crash on every exit. Or some badly working spells. Etc.
The point is that it's not that the devs ignore the community. They outright abandoned the product - there were practically no meaningful patches, and probably never will be.

What annoys me most is that publisher is now probably sitting there scoffing "we released a 20% unfinished product and look how it sells! lets make the next one 60% unfinished, straight in the customers face hahaha!"
And they will charge it 30 euro, with 60% of levels being deserted whitehill lined with eggs, provided that you'll get out of washed-out main menu without a crash, to be fixed with the next patch, which will never come. And we'll buy it.

And that's why I thumb it down. To have the next King Bounty as well designed as The Legend, as bug-free as Crossworlds, and as rich as WotN.

As to what I liked: the overall story is fun, even though I don't empathise with evil scum (I'd rather be a hero). Some dialogues are ingenious, but some are childish (I guess there were several writers). There are no bosses (except the final enemy), which I never liked. There's some new beautifull music by Lind Erebros (he's a russian Paul Romero ;).
And it's generally another King's Bounty, which is never enough.

Go get it, and then thumb it down to let the devs/publishers know that they can do better.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
The worst King's Bounty game I have seen so far. It takes ages to finish, which is usually a good thing. However, in this case it takes ages because you have to run around from one island to the other...again and again.

A typicall quests looks like:

"Hello evil vampire, I would like to cooperate with you, but first you got to fetch me the following three items and kill 3 enemy heroes".
Off you go, often to a different island, where you have been before and where there is nothing left to do, just to talk to some NPC that gives you the desired item. Then you have to return to your quest giver. And you do this over and over again... walking...walking...walking...walking.

The quest log is horrible as well. It does not tell you what to do in many cases. So, if you didn't read the quest text carefully, you need to look it up on the internet. Otherwise, there is no way to re-read the quest text.

Oh, and the fights are very repetitive and unbalaced (nothing too unexpected, if you played the first two KB games. But this one felt even worse).
On the first island, the difficulty seems alright, then it becames very difficult suddenly (could be because I played the mage class). After the first few islands it then becomes too easy. All enemy groups classified as "deadly" or "invincible" are a joke. You just use your call nature spell to summon animals that did ~55.000 damage at the end of the game.

To sum it up, don't buy this game, unless you like getting frustrated.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
54.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
If you liked the other game of the series - you're gonna like this one.
the combat are pretty much the same - some new spells, many new monsters (though a lot of those are just evil copies of some old creatures - i.e. dark priests, dark arkmages, etc), all new rage powers, and somewhat different class ability progression.
all in all - much of the same fun in a new shell.

negative: some part of the maps feels kinda 'empty' - like big planes of ice with no creatures, loot, or items - but that's just small part of it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Played all the other King's Bounty's on my Mac using 10.7.5 Upraded to Yosemite. All the other games still play beautifully, but the Dark Side is sooo slow. Just about every move requires me to wait. I spend 90% of the time watching the spinning little circle waiting before I can make the next move.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
70.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Full of bugs, enemy units with insane amount of enemies, random crashes. Don't waste your money
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9 of 32 people (28%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I played king's Bounty the legend and king's bounty armored princess althouh toward the end I got tired of the repetitiveness and quit playing. I saw this and saw that they had 2 previous games release in between so I expected alot of changes I was sorely dissapointed : /. The graphics are identical to the first game, the text is still insanely small (thats why I'd always give up on reading it before cause itd give me headaches leaning forward to read it), the talent trees are still nearly identical if not identical, gameplay so far is identical, and even the unit sprites are the same just with different names. I'll admit there may be a little be of new content later in the game and I suppose I'll find out since I spent the money i may as well play it, but overall I'm annoyed 4 games later and the game is still the same as the first 1 just with a different story a few new units/spells/abilities/items.

I'd still recommend the game for people that haven't played any of the king's bounty games, but if you've played any of the predecessors and considering buying this just go back to the other one not worth it.

P.S. Its also worth mentioning that the game has already crashed on me once within 50 minutes of playing.(even morrowind/oblivion let me get further! :P )
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72.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
The classic, unevolving, King's Bounty time sink.
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39.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
if you know about kings bounty then obviously I don't need to explain much about this but it's more of the same. I've enjoyed the series but feel like this needs to be the last one as fundamentally there is not much design difference between them now and the graphics engine is starting to age. Much as I love the soundtrack it's also been heavily reused in each game and is starting to get a bit irritating.

It's a solid game with alot of content a good 50+ hour campaign, it doesn't hold your hand like other games and won't point you towards exactly where you need to go for each quest, this can be interesting or annoying depending on your patience level.

I still enjoyed it and it's a decent game for any turn based/fantasy/rpg type players. With all KB games though the combat can get a bit monotonous by about half way through the game.

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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Not my favorite. I prefer to auto-combat and, in doing so, I lose the abilities of my pet. Unless there's a patch I'm unaware of - but without being able to auto-combat it's very disappointing.

Also do not like the lack of information/guidance/instruction with this game.

I'm back to playing Crossroads. Kings Bounty: Dark Side left me "meh". Will only recommend to others if these points are not issues for you.
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73.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
KB:DS is an amazing strategy/tactical turn-based game where you go across a huge world fighting battles, hiring new troops, buying new spells and artifacts, and slyly undermining the forces of light.

This is probably the worst King's bounty of the series due to dialogue and story, but the game is still fun nonetheless. I felt it was limiting since you could only play as the dark side, whereas in previous games you could switch between both factions whenever you wanted.

It's still a great game and I highly recommend it to any strategy game fans out there!
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58.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
At first it felt like 'wow, cool game, how could i miss this before'. But then the quests become VERY repetitive and boring, you have to walk a lot, talk a lot, fight weak enemies (if you are not playing on impossible difficulty), get some stupid items, etc. Dialogues are mostly boring too and in many quests you hear the same things from 2 or 3 different characters. Some levels are badly designed and you can't even use your flying mount there, so you walk over and over and over again. Many important landmarks or characters are not marked on your map so you have to remember everything. Becomes even more frustrating when you are looking for some quest stuff and there is no clue in the quest's description as to in what location is the item or enemy troop you need to get to.

Also it's not cool that you can't upgrade your usual version to a premium and get dlc content.

If you are a big fan of King's Bounty, you can still try to enjoy this, but I think there are better games in the series.
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41.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The best game for all King's Bounty
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727 of 802 people (91%) found this review helpful
414.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
First of all, I would like to say I am a fan of the King's Bounty series and Darkside is not a bad game. Actually, it has the potential to be one of its best installments. The key word being "potential".
Unfortunately, I cannot possibly recommend buying it to anyone. After one month participating in the early access program, I logged 400+ hours playing and testing it. I posted several suggestions in the forum and took part in several other discussions posted by others. The developers gave us, non-russian speaking customers, almost ZERO feedback. All we got were sporadic monosyllabic posts about technical issues. They posted no information about patches and/or the work that was being done.
They pushed back the release date 5 days without warning us - let alone telling us why they did it. After these 5 days there was a cosmetic 10 meg patch and that was it. The product was out.
As it happens, the game they put in the market bears very little difference from the beta version I started playing one month ago. There are huge empty areas, very little or imprecise information about several quests, many balance issues, unclear tooltips, and possibly a number of minor/major bugs. In short, it is NOT a finished product. I expect (and hope) there will be future patches to change all this. But, unless you want to buy an unfinished product, I would wait a few months to buy it on sale.
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243 of 296 people (82%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Early access project that was released is still unfinished. Game lacks balance, zones like Wintehill are in alpha stage. After playing some hours i decided to wait for game upgrade to full release to avoid spoilers but FULL RELEASE was a 10mb insult patch. At current state this is NOT worth your time nor money. Please check this game forum before considering purchase.

Edited: This game never was at Kickstarter...
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114 of 141 people (81%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Please fix the game!!!
I played all the previous KB games and I must say that I'm very dissapointed with this release.
First of all, the early game lacks balance, you have to face armies that stronger than you with very little choice of spells so it's quite frustrating to replenish your army repeatedly.
There are some area that nearly empty that make me ask why it was created in the first place.
The story seems interesting but lack of balances make me feel very stressful after each encounter.
I'll not touch this again until they could fix it properly.

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120 of 152 people (79%) found this review helpful
149.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
The game is still in beta with some bugs in a day after release!
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134 of 175 people (77%) found this review helpful
72.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Early Access Review
King's Bounty: Dark Side (Early Access Version)

So, what´s the Dark Side all about? Mainly it´s a bit of a fresh take storywise (and therefore also regarding your troops), since you don´t play another boring good guy hero, but finally you can help the forces of darkness, which are being overwhelmed by their enemies, the supposedly heroes. Poor orc babies are slaughtered by mean elves, century old vampires are cowardly destroyed by slimy vampire hunters and the beautiful demons are driven from their lava pools by ugly human paladins.

So far so good or rather dark, now what´s in it, beside a real refreshing background story?

Firstly the engine is the same as in the other games of the series, so are many basic gameplay mechanisms. Therefore this game propably won´t appeal to people who are complaining about that KB series just repeats itself.

Also the "choosing" of your heroes race and class, is not as free as the marketing may claim. Basically you have your orc warrior, your Demoness "paladin" and your vampire sorcerer. Though they not only differentiate in their main skill tree, but also partly in story and even the companions you can get. So while you don´t have real free customization, the replayability is as good as never before imo.

Naturally there are also new rage skills, new units (some are real new units, some are variations of existing ones, for example the human traitors), many new item sets etc. A handy new feature is your own "base", where you have an amount of dark basic troops and a teleportation ability, which eliminates some grinding and extra ways. Furthermore you can and have to improve the base, steadily opening new options.

Since the game is still early access there are still some bugs in it, some unbalanced things and some quests which lack proper description (but knowing the series, maybe the last part will stay that way ;) ). Overall though i had a quite good and stable experience in my 30+ hours.

Conclusio: for fans of the series and/or for fans of a bit more dark (but extremly funny imo) scenario this game is a clear recommendation, for critics who want something totally new, this won´t be it.
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57 of 71 people (80%) found this review helpful
87.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
Somewhere in 1C Software's offices in Moscow, there's some sad little gnome locked in a cage with a computer, cranking out sequels to 2008's King's Bounty: The Legend. Apparently, the only tool at his disposal is a level editor, since Armored Princess, Crossroads and Warriors of the North have been pretty much the same game over and over again. Is it any wonder that Dark Side is no different? If you've played any of the previous titles mentioned, you know exactly what to expect from this game: There's just nothing new or fresh to it, everything looks and feels like you've seen and played it before - because you have. Almost 30 hours in, I just can't bring myself to continue playing. It's just so incredibly dull. Been there, done that. Yes, King's Bounty: The Legend was great. But with each installment, each failure to actually add something new and exciting, I liked the series less and less. What were small annoyances in The Legend (the chaotic quest log, the useless maps, the horrible path finding, the inflexible camera, the small battlefields or the down-time due to travelling and restocking) have by now become major issues for me.

Please, 1C, set that sad little gnome free, hire some talented programmers and give us something really new for a change. A true sequel for once, not the same game with a new logo again.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
247.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This is clearly the worst game in the series, but it's still a lot of fun.

The RPG elements are silly, but that's OK because they're meant to be. If you take the plot seriously you're playing the wrong game. However, the quests are also sometimes buggy and often ambiguous to the point where you'll probably have to consolt Google to know what to do next, which is not OK -- but not fatally so. That's because the quests are merely an awkward contrivance to get you from one battle to the next -- which is where the game really shines.

As with each new game in the series, the basic combat engine is the same, with a handful of minor new mechanics for new spells and monsters thrown in. You also get a new "companion" that provides a suite of new special abilities in combat. In King's Bounty:Warriors of the North you got Valkyries; in Dark Side you get... well I'm not quite sure what it is, some kind of demon, I think. As usual the new abilities are a mixed bag: some you'll use every combat, some you'll probably only use a couple times to see what they do and then file them away.

The thing that makes the game fun is the variety of units and spells you can use in combat. After a few introductory campaigns, you can switch your army's "build" pretty easily at any time, which allows you to do all kinds of experiments with different tactics. Over the course of my game, I went from an army built around a couple of super-strong core units (dragons), to one compsed almost entirely of undead melee units, to one focused on plastering the enemy from afar with ranged units.

Plus, there is huge variety of spells that can supplement or even become the focus of your tactical strategy. Pump up the Hypnosis spell to its maximum level and use it in conjunction with your companion's Jealousy ability to turn your emeny's army against itself. Spam the Call of Nature spell to overwhelm your enemy with a horde of summoned animals. Make your own army effectively immortal by casting Resurrection every turn. Or just lay into the bad guys with good old fashioned Fireballs and Lightning Bolts. Those are just a few of the many strategies I've used with success.

The spell and unit animations are more or less the same from previous games in the franchise, but that's not a bad thing since they are, as far as I know, the state of the art. The same can be said of the whole game, really: there's nothing new here, but until something new does come along, King's Bounty remains the best turn-based tactical combat game around.
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