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 (377 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"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

    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
103 of 116 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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54 of 63 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people 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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27 of 32 people (84%) 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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22 of 27 people (81%) 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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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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