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 (393 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
26 of 33 people (79%) 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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15 of 18 people (83%) 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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19 of 26 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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
As a fan of the previous KB titles (as well as all the M&M's and HOMM's), I began playing Dark Side with some trepidation after reading negative reviews and comments. After 110 hours, I'm glad I was wrong.

Dark Side has some minor drawbacks -- unmarked quest items are too easy to sell/discard, quest dialogues don't appear unless you've solved the NPC's previous requests -- but in general I think this is the best of the KB titles. It solves the single most annoying thing about the previous games, the constant need to backtrack to previous realms/islands to replenish lost trooops. A teleportation system in this one makes travel a snap and there's a virtually endless supply of troops.

The scenery is the prettiest of all the KB games, and the game's a visual delight once you learn to fly. The game's major conceit works well: You're playing as the bad guy. Yet as the story unfolds, you quickly end up believing you're on the right side of things. The quests are generally more interesting than the usual bring-x-to-y tasks, and there are some when you have to remember people and places from early in the game to complete later assignments. Take notes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Well it is on Steam sale so you ought to know a little about this game. The first king's bounty was revolutionary and fun for the time. If you have payed the series before this will finally make playing with evil units accessible. If you haven't I would start with a different edition before playing this one. Preferably, King's bounty: The Legend or Armored Princess.

I love magic systems in games and this has a much better one than usual.

I'm enjoying playing this game, but I hope they don't make another without a major overhaul. Their online game doesn’t cut it.

Pros:
Punishingly hard. It is possible to lose by not being powerful enough to continue.
Great magic and rage system that are balanced against each other.
They adapted the system enough to make evil units really playable.
The don’t flinch when it comes to evil story choices.

Cons:
Once you develop a good strategy it is mostly rinse and repeat.
Finding the next part of a quest is unnecessarily frustrating.
Has not kept pace with the state of modern strategy gaming.
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