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: Mixed (471 reviews) - 69% of the 471 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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Buy King's Bounty: Ultimate Edition

Includes 7 items: King's Bounty: Armored Princess, King's Bounty: Crossworlds, King's Bounty: Dark Side, King's Bounty: Dark Side Premium Edition Upgrade, King's Bounty: The Legend, King's Bounty: Warriors of the North, King's Bounty: Warriors of the North - Ice and Fire


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
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
As a huge fan of all the King's Bounty games published by 1C Company, this game was a big let down. I don't know what happened here, but the quality control was completely lacking.

After playing the first game in the series, I never hesitated to pick up the sequels on launch day. I could play these games forever. When Dark Side came out (and I had no idea it was in the works), there was a lot of negative sentiment and complaints of the game being bug ridden. I had faith in the developers, so I decided I would wait to pick it up until they had time to iron out the bugs. As the 4th (5th?) game in this series, I knew that the UI, combat systems, character development, were all very mature, so any bugs in the game would have to be related to quests and items specific to this game, which is really just content.

After some time went by, they dropped some big patches and a "Premium Edition" for the game, and it went on sale for a large discount. I figured this was the signal that it was time to give it a go, I was excited to have another chapter in the Kings Bounty universe to explore! The reality was a little different.

There is no Kings Bounty universe to explore here. The worlds filled with secrets, quests, and story wonder are completely absent. What you get are large maps, that are distinctly Kings Bounty areas, with pretty much nothing on them. Where you'd ordinarily have criss-crossing side quests, caches of items in every cranny, buried treasures, and a wicked gauntlet of enemy mobs to navigate, there was instead long hallways full of spider eggs, and nothing else, towns filled with houses with no residents. Guards with no dialogue. Gates that don't actually open. Dead ends with nothing in them. Large open rooms with not a single monster or treasure in them. I couldn't go on.

To me, it seems like the team that worked on the other games had little to no involvement with this game. They polished the engine and the map making tools to a degree that perhaps ANYONE could use them to make a Kings Bounty game, but that's not necessarily who SHOULD make a kings bounty game. This one feels like it was made by someone's nephew, who wanted to get some experience in the video game industry, and obviously nobody at the company ever played it, because I can't imagine that it would get the seal of approval from anyone involved in the previous games. It should be called "King's Bounty: Experimenting With the Map Maker".

I hate to think that I now have to give conditional recommendations to the King's Bounty games. "Yes, try King's Bounty! Oh, except for Dark Side, that game sucks." People don't respond to those kinds of recommendations, and if someone happens upon this series by chance and plays this game first, they certainly won't be coming back for more, and will instead miss out on the magic of the other games. That's sad. This game should not exist, and I'm sorry to have to say it.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
87.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Its a rare thing for me not to recommend a game, and an extremely unexpected not to recommend a game from my favorite series - King's Bounty.

Why you may want to buy it:
- King's bounty! One of my favorite game series. I love these games.
- Fun texts, sometimes. But it gets boring over time.
- Nice graphics (may be considered outdated by today's standard, it seems the game engine wasn't updated since original Kings Bounty: Legend)
- Good gameplay and replayability

Why you should not buy it:
- the game gets extremely repetitive by the end-game period
- boring texts
- no bosses (seriously? no, seriously? Last game had no less than FIVE unique bosses, this one has... final boss? thats it?)
- extremely long - lvl 80 takes a ton of time to finish
- small bugs here and there, you may get locked out of a quest, your world may not generate enough scrolls to finish a quest to get an achievement (seriously, you may need to start a new game just to get a random chance to get a cheevo... several times)
- ridiculous amounts of typos (I read most of the texts in the game), mostly regarding female character (treated as male character), as well as some nonsense phrases
- boring quests - go back and forth between 2-3-4 locations
- very weak enemies don't run away
- you get 250 chests by the end of the game, and your bonus is... 5% extra XP! When you have like 10-20 fights left, very useful.

Overall the game is fun, but not up to standard of other King's Bounty games, so I do not recommend it. Better to replay one of the older games.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
123.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
I just want to say, its been some time since I've played a Kings Bounty Game (I really enjoyed Armored Princess when it came out), but after that I hadn't played in some time. The next title I purchased to the franchise was Dark Side and quite frankly I remember being bored out of my skull.

Its been sometime again since i've picked up a Kings Bounty title and I was looking at Crossroads and before I wanted to snatch it up, I couldn't help but remember the disaster of the latest version I'd played, Dark Side, and so i went to take a look at the reviews here just to get a reminder and I have to say -

The second review, by Plastic Jesus, sums up my experience perfectly. I would tag the review if I could or knew how, but reading the review has given me confidence to buy another title by Kings Bounty simply because I'm certain that my first experience with Armored Princess wasn't a fluke. Dark Side was just a disaster.

I didn't have any quarrels with combat specifically but the lack of content, mobs, treasures leave you seriously bored. There isn't anything worth exploring, there aren't any exciting minor quest interactions to toy with, and lastly, you won't find enticing treasures to lure you into dangerous situations where you're blocked off by a throng of trolls.

Anyways, I just wanted to say Thanks to Plastic for the honest review - I clearly remember now why Dark Side is a bad memory and not a good title to base the Kings Bounty serires off of.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
50.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2015
This is both the best, and the worst entry so far. It's the most balanced in terms of combat and design, with the new additions being universally at least interesting, and mostly strong. Rage powers finally brought into line with magic and still quite interesting and fun to use. Just generally, it's the best on that side of the equation.

It's also the least polished and the opening segment drags hard. Basically, it's horrible for new players who can't sit through a draggy opening and lack of polish.

I cannot rightly suggest it over the better paced/polished Crossworlds for people without either, but if you have crossworlds and want more, this is the best option.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
136.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Great game, 9.5/10, perhaps the best of the Kings Bounty Series!
I have played and finished all Kings Bounty games, but the previous ones felt a bit unispired, some islands were not really woven into the story. This one is different, you play the Dark side, the sory is build on capturing and ruining the best 3x3 good people on different island, and the quests are often intertwined. You have a better sense of achieving something, and so my 134h were great spent. I could complete all but 1 quests (bugged), so the game is in a good state.
Playing the dark side, in my case a seductuve Demoness, was a nice change, you almost felt bad for ruining true love, making the most happy person cry and break the most loyal person :)
Played on normal, and in contrast to earlier KB games, its almost a bit too easy, as with time, you have access to unlimied supply of troops (if you have enough money).
Highly recommended, and looking for the next installment!
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