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.
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Mixed (510 reviews) - 69% of the 510 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
Helpful customer reviews
37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
87.8 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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Pros of this game
-You kind of get to play the "evil" side
-You kind of get to make decisions that seem to matter
-Some new units look awesome E.G: Hyena riding goblins or wolf riding orcs
-Teleportation makes travelling a lot more convinient
-Companion system is improved
-Demoness(Paladin,Skald) class is finally useful
-Units are a bit easier to buy than previous games
-Skill tree is better. They removed skills like artificer so you don't have to keep every crappy items till you reach like level 3 artificer and can just break any level items for crystals and runes.

Cons of this game
-Still have crap tonnes of bugs and glitches that crashes the game
-Even though units are easier to buy, you have to reach mid game ish for them to be easy to buy
-Quest objectives are really vague so you don't have a clue most of the times so you have to look up guides
-Story is terrible. It is a pro that you can play as evil side but it doesn't really feel like you are that evil. Most of your actions are justified because they made the "good" side way more evil than the actual "evil" side.
-You are still someone's errand boy. This was an ongoing problem throughout the franchise but now it feels worse becuse you are supposed to be this evil protagonist but most of the times you are spoon feeding the NPCs with your money and some crappy random items that you normally sell or don't even bother to pick up.
-Difficulty curve: I really don't care about no loss play on impossible or some random hardcore play like that so I played normal difficulty and tutorial bit of the game was ridiculously hard because of the limitations of units& skills I can use. After you get to mid game till the end, game is extremely easy. This is once again ongoing problem in the franchise but got really bad on this one.
-Too many useless units for the effort required to get them: Some units are easy to get but useless but units like those clown things that shapeshift are way too hard to get for what they are.
-No big boss fights till the end: Yup. And last boss is ♥♥♥♥ easy too. Makes game pretty repetitive since most enemies use same units in the same area most of the times.
-Lizardman are gone. No more T-Rex

So basically if you can withstand all the glitchy gimmicky-ness, unfriendly quest log, repetetion don't really care about story, go ahead and buy this game. The actual game play for combat and tactics bit is kind of better than previous games because your rage skills are little more better for any class you chose and there are few more spells you can choose from.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
A game that has great content and story, with a decent length that not too short but not long.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
Not as good as the older King's Bounties.
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