Build your empire upon the bodies of others! Deadlock II: Shrine wars is an exciting game of strategy, resource management and military conquest. Take control of one of seven races as you search for the secret power an ancient civilization.
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Mostly Positive (21 reviews) - 71% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 1, 1998

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Build your empire upon the bodies of others!
Deadlock II: Shrine wars is an exciting game of strategy, resource management and military conquest. Take control of one of seven races as you search for the secret power an ancient civilization.


Game Features:

    New for Deadlock II
  • A totally redesigned interface, streamlined for ease of use
  • New classifications of victory conditions for solo and multi-player play
  • Unlimited stacking capability
  • 9 new combat units
  • Expanded seas and air combat
  • 14 new buildings
  • 13 new technologies
  • 2 new world types
  • Sophisticated, new AI to battle against
  • Ability to establish player alliances
  • Colony assistant to automate tasks
  • Use the colony assistant to automate production of new units and resources
  • Each race has its own strengths and weaknesses - learn to exploit them to your advantage
  • Build, trade, research, attack - the event log will update you on your victories and defeats.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 (This product will NOT work in Windows 8)
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (This product will NOT work in Windows 8)
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
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Mostly Positive (21 reviews)
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Trieve
( 58.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
A fun strategy game with more emphasis on base building and resource management. Simple-ish, relaxing, and short game sessions for me which I personally find highly replayable.

This game looks very intimidating initially, even having played Deadlock 1 when I was much younger. UI is cluttered with buttons, game can be micromanagement heavy, and lots of things aren't clear.

For quick and easy fun I recommend, starting from the main menu,

  1. New Single Player Game
  2. Random Scenario
  3. City center win condition against 1 AI opponent
  4. Custom Planet then at least 50% wasteland with a higher percentage of plains and forests
  5. Select plains or forests as the starting base location

Once you're in the actual game I recommend starting by building a farm, house, and university asap. Then try to acquire an income for all the basic resources (food, wood, energy, iron) as soon as possible. As turns go by you can manage your settlement however you like.

If this kind of game is fun and interesting to you then you're welcome to replay and experiment with different decisions which I did alot of. Practice also helped me play more efficiently and finish games in much less time. There's also some in-game help information (the question mark button) that I found useful.

This is my favourite game in my steam library at the time of this review.
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pjennospam
( 86.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
if you crave an old school style 4X game then this might be the game for you. but i'm not recommending it due to it becoming unstable. micromanagement is tedious enough without having to replay turns.
it runs for me on windows 7 after my AV UI crashes (but the core AV protection still runs in the background).
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Killbo Fraggins
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
doesnt work on windows 10. Too bad as is a great game.
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Stellar Psyke
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
Note: This game worked for me on Windows 7.

One of the quintessential turn-based strategy games of the 90s. Deadlock II is basically Deadlock with an expansion pack, so not much new here if you've played Deadlock - but a few nice nice fixes and additions.

This is the game I go to when I'm craving oldschool strategy.
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Armored-Blue
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game has fantastic strategic depth, and is a very good single-player game. As far as mechanics, it is a 4x game where several alien species land on a single planet, and then battle it out for global domination. You build up your colony, expand and colonize additional areas, build an army and fight with your enemies. Fairly simple at its core, but what makes it special is that this basic formula is done just right.

Each species has its own unique abilities and traits, and each really has very distinct advantages. Even the humans, which in most games is the "average race" has very special abilities that no other race has, including a berserk ability for infantry, and very high taxes and trade. Re-lu begin seeing the whole map, and so they know the composition and strength of enemy forces long before the assault has begun, and they can subvert enemy morale with their spies, leading to riots and much destruction of property. There is really no average race, which is nice as a change of pace. Each race also has a major penalty associated with it, such as with the Re-lu, weak military units and defenses, or with the humans, extremely expensive military maintenance. There are 5 other races with equally interesting advantages and disadvantages.

The arguably worst feature of this game is the battles themselves. You can watch them, but you have no control, and units often move around the battlefield in odd ways. There is also some degree of luck involved because units have "accuracy," i.e., they just miss sometimes. Nevertheless, the automated battles means you can focus on the more strategic elements of the game, rather than the nitty gritty tactical, which speeds up games substantially. Personally, I don't mind it. But if you are looking for Command and Conquer, this is simply not that.

The tech tree is functional, and depending on the map type (mostly land/mostly sea) and world type (alien, earth-like, volcanic, etc.) you will need to adapt your selections. This is a refreshing change from games where you always research the same techs, no matter what. You can still sort of get away with this in singleplayer, but you must adapt in multiplayer to have any chance at survival in a competitive game.

And this brings me to multiplayer. In full disclosure, I have mostly only played 1v1 matches with the non-steam version, so I can't make any guarantees with the connection capabilities of the steam version. I use Hamachi (free) to make the TCP-IP connection function. But wow is multiplayer wonderful. I have played dozens of extremely close games, and you really feel the tension build as forces maneuver around the seas or make surprise land assaults with illegally purchased Skirineen Veterans. Or subvert your morale... or poison food at just the wrong moment... Or blockade you cutting off much needed food and energy to your colony (starvation and powered down defenses). The point here is that there is substantial strategic and tactical depth here that really shows in multiplayer, and to me this makes multiplayer the best part.

And another thing is that even after years of play, I am still discovering things I never knew. Did you know that submarines have special abilities? Did you know you can maximize taxes on every colony on the Cyth from turn 1 with no penalty because of their unique static morale ability to generate a ton of cash from the start?

I would almost say it is a game that is deceptively simple. Something can easily learn, but hard to truly master. If you've never played it, I highly recommend it. If you have played, I hope to see you in a game.

Just a warning, I have been unable to make this work on Windows 8+, so be wary if that is your system.
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Dustin
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 13, 2015
Oh my god what the holy f*ck is this!?!?!?

It's like, StarCraft, Might & Magic, and C&C had a deformed child!

LORD HAVE MERCY!

1/10
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dgm
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
This game is great. Menus are not as intuitive as the first Deadlock game, but the game overrall is an improvement over the formula. You can have more units on the map, for example. And, if I'm not mistaken, the Tech tree is bigger too.
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Vali
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2014
Oohhh so many hours spent on this game back in the days

Great game
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Hodgrim
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2014
Remember playing this game when I was a kid and was stoked to see it went on sale for a $1.49. Bought and installed, loaded and got a "Direct Draw Init FAILURE" notification.

To bypass this, simply go to the source folder and locate the Deadlock.exe file. Right-click and under the compatibility tab you will check the box to run it in compatibility mode and set it for a verson of Windows that itsn't Win8 or Win95. All others are okay. Once this is set, run as administrator and it'll work. Now the only problem to get past is the black screen which has to do with the refresh rate.

At this time, I do not recommend buying the game.
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-- scippie --
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2014
Just like I remembered it. Such a great game!
Don't expect the AI to be super deep. They are not that smart, but they still are hard.
It's great fun to spend some time. You won't get bored with it.
Especially the snappy communications between races is fantastic. You'll have a laugh several times.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
*Note: At the time of writing this review, Deadlock 2 does not run on Windows 8. Only buy if you run Windows 7 or lower.*

This game is awesome. Just plain awesome. I must have played 1000 hours of this in middle school and high school.

It's not terribly complex, but its complex enough that it doesn't feel simple either. It's an expand and conquest game, similar to Civ and other turn based strategy games. Where Deadlock shines so brightly, though, is in its charm.

Each of the alien races is a delight. The have a huge array of custom taunts, praises, cowers, and insults which they occasionally lob throughout the game. The races are all unique and don't feel repetetive at all. Even after almost 20 years since playing it regularly, this game sticks in my memory as one of the best I have ever played.

I was so glad to see it here on Steam, so I picked it up immediately. I look forward once again to long LAN parties and crushing my enemies with Tarth troopers!
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Played the crap out of this game when I was a kid. Really good 4x strategy game. Battles (which are usually the most tedious part of these types of games) are auto-battled, so don't expect dexterity or battle tactics to matter at all, it's mostly about resource management, base building, diplomacy, espionage and tech trees. I still like the tech tree more in this game than in any other I've played.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Just like I remembered it. Such a great game!
Don't expect the AI to be super deep. They are not that smart, but they still are hard.
It's great fun to spend some time. You won't get bored with it.
Especially the snappy communications between races is fantastic. You'll have a laugh several times.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Note: This game worked for me on Windows 7.

One of the quintessential turn-based strategy games of the 90s. Deadlock II is basically Deadlock with an expansion pack, so not much new here if you've played Deadlock - but a few nice nice fixes and additions.

This is the game I go to when I'm craving oldschool strategy.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game has fantastic strategic depth, and is a very good single-player game. As far as mechanics, it is a 4x game where several alien species land on a single planet, and then battle it out for global domination. You build up your colony, expand and colonize additional areas, build an army and fight with your enemies. Fairly simple at its core, but what makes it special is that this basic formula is done just right.

Each species has its own unique abilities and traits, and each really has very distinct advantages. Even the humans, which in most games is the "average race" has very special abilities that no other race has, including a berserk ability for infantry, and very high taxes and trade. Re-lu begin seeing the whole map, and so they know the composition and strength of enemy forces long before the assault has begun, and they can subvert enemy morale with their spies, leading to riots and much destruction of property. There is really no average race, which is nice as a change of pace. Each race also has a major penalty associated with it, such as with the Re-lu, weak military units and defenses, or with the humans, extremely expensive military maintenance. There are 5 other races with equally interesting advantages and disadvantages.

The arguably worst feature of this game is the battles themselves. You can watch them, but you have no control, and units often move around the battlefield in odd ways. There is also some degree of luck involved because units have "accuracy," i.e., they just miss sometimes. Nevertheless, the automated battles means you can focus on the more strategic elements of the game, rather than the nitty gritty tactical, which speeds up games substantially. Personally, I don't mind it. But if you are looking for Command and Conquer, this is simply not that.

The tech tree is functional, and depending on the map type (mostly land/mostly sea) and world type (alien, earth-like, volcanic, etc.) you will need to adapt your selections. This is a refreshing change from games where you always research the same techs, no matter what. You can still sort of get away with this in singleplayer, but you must adapt in multiplayer to have any chance at survival in a competitive game.

And this brings me to multiplayer. In full disclosure, I have mostly only played 1v1 matches with the non-steam version, so I can't make any guarantees with the connection capabilities of the steam version. I use Hamachi (free) to make the TCP-IP connection function. But wow is multiplayer wonderful. I have played dozens of extremely close games, and you really feel the tension build as forces maneuver around the seas or make surprise land assaults with illegally purchased Skirineen Veterans. Or subvert your morale... or poison food at just the wrong moment... Or blockade you cutting off much needed food and energy to your colony (starvation and powered down defenses). The point here is that there is substantial strategic and tactical depth here that really shows in multiplayer, and to me this makes multiplayer the best part.

And another thing is that even after years of play, I am still discovering things I never knew. Did you know that submarines have special abilities? Did you know you can maximize taxes on every colony on the Cyth from turn 1 with no penalty because of their unique static morale ability to generate a ton of cash from the start?

I would almost say it is a game that is deceptively simple. Something can easily learn, but hard to truly master. If you've never played it, I highly recommend it. If you have played, I hope to see you in a game.

Just a warning, I have been unable to make this work on Windows 8+, so be wary if that is your system.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I never played Shrine Wars till just a week ago but the orginal Deadlock was one of my favoirt games of all time. I'm still learning and relearning Deadlock II I can already tell it has a lot more features I wasn't expecting like being able to build on water now.

All and all it a classic and I think anyone who likes colony space strategy builders should give it a try.


It does take a bit of a learning curv to learn and mico order all your units though so be aware of that. It offers mulit player I can play with people in my same State but haveing problems playing with my steam friends maybe somone can figure that out for us.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Remember playing this game when I was a kid and was stoked to see it went on sale for a $1.49. Bought and installed, loaded and got a "Direct Draw Init FAILURE" notification.

To bypass this, simply go to the source folder and locate the Deadlock.exe file. Right-click and under the compatibility tab you will check the box to run it in compatibility mode and set it for a verson of Windows that itsn't Win8 or Win95. All others are okay. Once this is set, run as administrator and it'll work. Now the only problem to get past is the black screen which has to do with the refresh rate.

At this time, I do not recommend buying the game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
This game is great. Menus are not as intuitive as the first Deadlock game, but the game overrall is an improvement over the formula. You can have more units on the map, for example. And, if I'm not mistaken, the Tech tree is bigger too.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Oohhh so many hours spent on this game back in the days

Great game
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11 of 41 people (27%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Don't buy it does not work after the intro when the game gets to the first menu screen it blacks ou. I have tried several grafics settings and copatibility settings with no luck
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