A thousand years had passed since the great battle between the Lord of Chaos and the forces of the Order. Little by little, life returned back to normal. The story begins, when a young neophyte journeys north, to learn from an eccentric wizard, one of the most ancient and powerful Guild’s members.
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Release Date: Apr 13, 2006

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A thousand years had passed since the great battle between the Lord of Chaos and the forces of the Order. Little by little, life returned back to normal.

The story begins, when a young neophyte journeys north, to learn from an eccentric wizard, one of the most ancient and powerful Guild’s members. The apprentice doesn’t know yet, that his teacher-to-be is one of the Keepers, and that his destiny is to become a catalyst for the events, that will make Daenmor shudder…

Battle Mages: Sign of Darkness is an enthralling journey to the world of original game. It offers four new campaigns, covering dramatic events that took place in Daenmor long before the Shadow of Warlock spread over the land. The player will discover the mysteries of the Order of the Keepers, confront treacherous plans of the elves, lead vengeful Orcs to the battle, oppose the creatures of Chaos, and of course the darkness will raise its flag over the green hills of Daenmor under his command.


  • Four new campaigns explaining the conflict between the nations
  • A number of single-player maps
  • A unique hero with specific traits for each campaign
  • New magic abilities – additional Dark Magic school
  • New units, upgrades, and the addition of two new races - Dwarves and the Undead
  • Hero leads his troops through the entire campaign
  • Improved inventory system, including trade interface, new artifacts and items
  • New tactic possibilities in troop control
  • Day and night conditions, weather simulation

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 64 MB
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1800 MHz or more powerful
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
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107 of 118 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
If you have a problem with running the game, such a "cannot initialize 3d". Try this.
1) Go to "YourSteamDirectory"\SteamApps\common\Battle Mages Sign of Darkness\data
2) Open "config.cfg" with notepad.
3) Using CTRL + F find vidHeight=
4) Set it to vidHeight="1024"
5) Using CTRL + F find vidWidth=
6) Set it to vidWidth="1280"
7) Save the "config.cfg"
8) Run the game

vidHeight="1024" and vidWidth="1280" is worked for me, you also may try
vidHeight="768" and vidWidth="1024"
vidHeight="600" and vidWidth="800"

Если при запуске игры выскакивает ошибка "cannot initialize 3d". Попробуйте этот метод.
1) Откройте "ВашаПапкаСтим"\SteamApps\common\Battle Mages Sign of Darkness\data
2) Откройте файл "config.cfg" с помощью утилиты Блокнот.
3) При помощи комбинации клавиш CTRL + F найдите параметр vidHeight=
4) Установите значение этого параметра vidHeight="1024"
5) При помощи комбинации клавиш CTRL + F найдите параметр vidWidth=
6) Установите значение этого параметра vidWidth="1280"
7) Сохраните "config.cfg"
8) Запустите игру
У меня игра запустилась с параметрами vidHeight="1024" and vidWidth="1280", если всё же не выходит, поэкспериментируйте с этими вариантами:
vidHeight="768" и vidWidth="1024"
vidHeight="600" и vidWidth="800"
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This game is OLD. But still a pretty okay strategy game.
One of them Strategy games with an Avatar commander, I kinda like those types of games.

In this case you directly control a battle mage, or rather his astral projection, and of course you direct the troops. You can arm your army with special equips, your troops can drag items, and you can do quests for towns and of course delve into the story. And ofcourse the mage can also cast some spells from his projection.
There's also a level system for the mage. From what I've seen so far it's per campaign level.

There's a few slight issues with the controls; turning the camera for instance can be a bit troublesome, which is annoying because you do have to keep a good eye out. And if one guy of a troop gets stuck somewhere, the whole troop walks slow as hell and is hardly of any use until you get them back together... So you do need to keep an eye out on that.
But that's the only trouble I've seen, the rest of the game seems to be fine.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Well. This game seems to be one that everyone missed even when it's on sale in Christmas. The 66% approval rating is kinda low mostly because there seems to be a bunch of people have problem running this game and posted it in review.
However those reivew were posted sometime ago and I don't seem to have any issue running it on my Windows 8.1 and Lenovo thinkpad.

I will give it a thumb up so maybe there are more people try thie one out.

It's a fairly simple game that you are have a Astral body that floating around controling an army and do spell action. (remind me the hand that in old Dungeon keep games). It's quite a bit more hassal to get use to since we all use to just have a god eye view of most strategy game and just mouse to point and click. This one force you to turn around... move to get better view of the battle field.

You summon creature, Cast spell, Heal Troops, level up Troops, upgrade Troops, Destorying Lairs to stop monster respawn (like Majestic). You can also help towns garther resource to upgrade to offer better troops and items.
Your Astral body cannot pick up item but your troops can.. they can equip item... drink potions.

Everything in this game seems a bit off our normal comfort zone of command click since everything just seems a bit usual. Do not despire.. play it a bit more and give it a bit chance to prove it self.

The first map is quite boring but once you move on to the next few it gets better.

It's only just over a dollar right now in store.. give this one a try. It even offer trading cards. (someone please play and trade with me so i can complete level 1 badge.)

Low Budget game that will probably make you spent quite a bit time to complete each of the levels in single player. (which i will spent eventually after i get my trading cards from other games.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
The game is old and it's noticeable via the graphics, but it runs smooth and it doesn't hurt the game play. I can't tell about the other languages, but at some parts English voice overs were not so good. Despite all this I do like the game. It's something different and the story kept me interested. The characters are interesting and the game has a lot of diversity.

Since the store page has some modified screenshots here's one of mine: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=648719732

It's a combination of RTS (real time strategy) and RPG (role playing) genres. This is an add-on to the game Battle Mages , so it has almost the same interface and graphics, but the game is a stand alone installation. It has some changes though, but I won't go into them right now.

Battle Mages: Sign of Darkness delivers a lot more game play and story than the first game did. It has four different campaigns, each having their own focus on the main story. They each offer a different character, different combination of skills and availability of resources and troops, so you can experience the diversity the game offers.

You play the game by assembling an army, to complete quests, fight enemies to make the world a safer place and help those who need it.

You have a wide variety of available troops from human, orc, elf and goblin races including close range fighters, long range troops, mages and even heavy artillery. You buy your troops in towns. As you fight enemies, you and your troops gain experience. Your troops get stronger with each level of experience and when a unit reaches level 4, you can upgrade them to a better unit, but some units can't be upgraded and have only one level. Upgrades can be done in any available town of the right race (human troops get updated in human towns etc.). Not all kind of towns will be available though, since you will travel to far away lands.

You aid your troops with spells, healing and empowering them, summoning Magical spirits to aid them. You also have a wide variety of damaging spells you can use on your enemies. Spells require mana to be cast, with no mana you can cast only the spells you put in quick access (F5-F9, F10 summons Magical spirit and can't be changed). After casting a spell from quick access, it takes a while to regenerate. When you gain experience, you can use it to learn new spells, learn new skills or upgrade your max mana, mana regeneration or maximum army size and more. When you reach a new level, a new set of spells gets available.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
Much better than the previous game, but still kept major of issues from it. But much longer story with 4 campaings instead of 1 makes it much better. And as I gave 9/10 for the last one, I will have to give this one 9.5/10, as it is certainly better than the previous one (:
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
its a good game but a little vauge on whats gonna happen like when you on the second level (not including prolog) the mage guy tells you to attack the goblins blocking your path but that does not tell you that that will make all goblins hate you soo i guess other wise its a good game and is easy to run litteraly can be run on the 1\4 of a toaster proccesing power of my desktop
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
noice game
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Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
A pretty well made sequel to a great game.

I played both as a kid .. I spent many many hours into them before they were on steam.
Here's what you need to know:

  • The tutorial is still kinda lacking.It's just a tad bit better than the first Battle Mages' .To summarize,you must preserve your units as best you can.Stack up gold,aquire artefacts from dens and kill all the monsters to get exp for your character and your units.Complete all side quests to make it easier for yourself further into the campaigns.You'll need all the exp and gold you can get!
  • This game,unlike the first one,has four campaigns with tied storylines.They're short in levels,but the levels themselves are pretty lenghty.Save frequently,just in case you make an irreversable mistake at some point in one of the levels.
  • While the over-all design is pretty dated,this game is really fun to play,especially if you're into oldschool games.Most of the negative reviews are complaints from people who couldn't run the game due to some launch error,that kinda spoils the rating...
  • The multiplayer is pretty poor,same as with Battle Mages 1.Get this game for the campaigns! .. There's no one to play with at this point anyway.

I give this game,same as Battle Mages 1, a 4/5. It's basically uses the same game foundation with many new unit and item additions,some graphical and gameplay changes and new campaigns.
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