Check out the high-resolution trailer and see what the game is all about. Heroes of Annihilated Empires - is a fantasy-based trilogy game in the genre of RTS vs RPG for PC. A new proprietary 3D-engine is used to power the game. Episode one is set on Atlans island, the historical homeland of elves.
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Release Date: Nov 22, 2006

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Heroes of Annihilated Empires - is a fantasy-based trilogy game in the genre of RTS vs RPG for PC. A new proprietary 3D-engine is used to power the game. Episode one is set on Atlans island, the historical homeland of elves. The world of the game is living and huge, full of magic, mythical creatures, heroes and powerful forces involved in a large-scale conflict dating back to the past. The gameplay enables the player, controlling one of the heroes, as to lead thousands-strong armies into battle, so as combat with the hero alone, making use of the entire arsenal of possibilities and powerful magical spells. The possibility to upgrade your hero, improve his abilities, find artifacts and get random quests serves to hugely diversify the gameplay.

  • Innovative opposing of two genres in one game - RTS vs RPG
  • New 3D engine
  • Detailed game world, including support of 5 novels from Europe-renowned writer Ilya Novak
  • Mass-scale battles of thousands-strong armies
  • Four unique races, individual skills, spells and artifacts
  • 12 heroes, 12 neutral races, 100 units and 150 various buildings
  • Excellently developed character types and impressive unit animation
  • Over 150 magic items and over 100 spells
  • Original and involving story of the campaign
  • Classic multiplayer over LAN or the Internet, up to 7 players in a game. Mix of two genres in the game: RTS vs RPG with a possibility to blend or choose in between during the play.
  • Original card system of magic spells, equally interesting to both hardcore gamers and newbies. Over 50 spell cards
  • Involving process of character level-ups throughout the entire game
  • Stunning intros and cut-scenes. Comics in-between missions to give a deeper story insight

System Requirements

    Windows 2000/XP
    Latest Video and Sound drivers are highly recommended for optimal performance. For better game performance please close all background programs (instant messaging, antivirus, system monitoring).

    Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 2Ghz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+, nVidia GeForce FX5200 or ATI Radeon 9000 Video card with 128MB Memory, 512MB RAM, DirectX 8.0 compatible Sound, 2.5 Gb Free Hard drive space

    Recomended: Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 3200+, nVidia GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon X800 Video card, 1GB RAM, DirectX 8.0 compatible Sound, 2.5 Gb Free Hard drive space

    Optional: Internet Connection for multiplayer game via Internet, Minimal: 56K Dial-Up Connection

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44 of 45 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I am completely smitten by the game. Never did I expect to stumble on this gem in 2014 and enjoy it as much as I did. I always liked RTS genre with a twist, and what a twist RPG addition is! This is simple, yet brilliantly executed game gives you full creative freedom of an RTS game, but throws in a Hero who can level up and equip items. Seems simple enough, until you get your hero to level 80, who singlehandedly can shift the balance of the battlefield, unless you bring a significant army against him, or shut him down early on. This is an amazing little strategy game which brings novelty and freshness to its gameplay.
Campaign is really cheesy and cringy, but varied and extremely entertaining. Some magnificent easter eggs to be had there that make you beg developers for a Sequel.

Thoroughly enjoyed and well recomended.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
A serious diamond in the rough. The campaign wasn't that good, the gameplay is a bit slow. But in the end, it's pretty innovative and I love the variety of all four playable factions.

There's also a huge mod for the game that should still be in circulation but I haven't looked into it recently myself.

As for all the reviews saying that the game does not work with machines over 2GB RAM; that issue has apparently been resolved as I learned just today. Game seems to work flawlessly for me now!

A side note: Elhant (the campaign's protagonist) really is a prick. Really. Please die in a fire you skinny little ♥♥♥♥♥.
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40 of 51 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
What do you need to know about Russian-made strategies? They are awesome and epic.
If you like Warcraft, Age of Empires and Spellforce - you can forget about them. If only creaters of HAE could had more possibilities to continiue developing of this series, the game would become the only and the greatest of all fantasy strategies.
Nice graphics, video and comics, decent story, epic battels - This is Heroes of Annihilated Empires. Also easter eggs.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2015
After 14+ hours with this game's campaign (and still more to go), and a few more hours with it's Skirmish mode vs AI, I can say that this game truly is a hidden gem of the RTS genre. Though the campaign story writing is cheesy and corny to an extreme, it is at least voiced by somewhat professional English-speaking actors. And though the writing is silly, the actual mechanics of the campaign were designed by an obviously smart and thoughtful team of people (even if English wasn't their first language...).

I've honestly never had as much drive in an RTS campaign to finish each mission as I've had in this game. The scenarios are very challenging and may require some reloads, but none of them (so far) are broken or impossible. The game rewards micromanaging but also overall strategy, and the units, damage types, spells, and technologies are very well thought out and designed. The game had bad PR, a questionable name, a foreign developer, and some strange design choices, but it was clearly made by hardcore gamers with a deep understanding of RTS mechanics and an exceedingly creative spirit. This is the last (and probably the best) game in the strange and exotic Cossacks series from long ago.

Add to this the fact that this game's graphics are easily some of the best ever from the mid 2000's era, and I was very impressed with the look and feel and how well it aged, even though I tend to be a graphics snob. The sheer wealth of fantasy creatures, all of which look pretty awesome even by Windows 7, 2015 standards, is amazing for a game this old.

The game has flaws for sure and a few bugs occured during the campaign, but basically, it's a ridiculously good buy for the content you get (expect about 20 h for the solo campaign), and is a great blast from the past if you're in a nostalgic mood. It is a tragedy the game's developers are now mostly defunct, though I do believe there is a community out there who still appreciates this game.

Please message or friend me if you are interested in doing some multiplayer skirmish games. I'm trying to put together a group that is willing to play on the occasional evening, because, even though the AI seems somewhat competent even on Normal, the sheer wealth of this game's units and spell strategies are best suited for the discerning mind of a human player.

Cheers, and I hope this helped!
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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
Its a really great game! The problem though, is that its dead. I haven't tried the singleplayer and I heard its pretty bad, but the multiplayer is amazing. Only get it if you are thinking of throwing a LAN party and have other people to play with. Its worth it!
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
133.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
I love the game. Don't let my hours fool you, I've played this since release. I saw it here and I wanted it on my Steam for a computer that the original disk won't work with so I bought it again here. I literally probably easily have 300-400 hours in this one, if not more, as I've played it at least weekly since 2006.

The campaign is ok, can be difficult but it is good for teaching you about the heroes and the units. I play the skirmishes. I never get tired of it. Sometimes I'll give myself an AI teammate and go against 3-5 AI teamed together or any of a million set ups I've tried over the years. There's still a couple of bugs but they aren't bugs so much as exploits which you'll probably never find anyway. Some AI pathing issues mainly with the dwarf constructs and the frost guys mammoth. I love that there are npc monster huts that you can hire and they auto send groups of troops out fighting. I was so disappointed that they never made a Part 2 or added more to this one but I still play it at least once a week, it's a nice break from my intense longer games.

I hope they sell a few copies here and decide it's worth doing another.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
I initially thought to review this game perhaps after a dozen hours of gameplay at least, but I later found myself with a list of pros and cons written down in my head and felt it was right and reasonable to do it now. (at the moment I've played as little as 130 minutes). The reasons why I'm spending time to write this review are:

1. There are only 95 reviews, not enough. The community looks small and I'd never heard of this game myself despite loving RTS games with all my heart
2. As mentioned, I'm an RTS vidya aficionado. I have a lot of experience with such games and I love to be able to post a semi-technical review for once in my life, comparing everything that was done in the past to this 'modern' game.

First off, let me tell you my background with RTS games and similar genres mostly comes from countless nights playing Age of Empires II - so when I think of any real-time strategic game that's my anchor. If you don't like the whole base-building sub-genre (i.e. you strongly prefer RTS's like Warhammer or Company of Heroes where the focus is on point-capturing etc) don't consider the rest of this review at all; thanks God HOAE is a base-building RTS.

Back to the point, I can list several more RTS's I've played:

-The aforementioned Warhammer and Company of Heroes series (respectively dawn of war and the first title)
-All age of empires titles (including AoM), but the first game. I was too young at that time and never found the classical age inspiring anyway
-Warcraft III
-The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II
-Grey Goo (very recent, few may know it)
-Command and Conquers III
-Imperivm (European game, not known at all)

Non-RTS but still strategic games that have inspired me, and of which features were often present in many RTS games too:

-Total War series
-Heroes of Might and Magic III
-Others I can't think of

I know this whole wall of text might seem pointless or that I may sound like I'm bragging about my collection of strategic games, but it's quite the opposite, I'm simply trying to give a reference to anyone reading so that he or she can understand my point of view and pros/cons. Enough, let's start:


+Nice unit design in general -- Many units are well drawn, a handful are somewhat original.
+Good classic base-building -- Again, this is my POV. I've played so many annoying RTS's that focused on capturing resource points and lacked the building side to the point of forcing everyone to play in what we all call 'rushing'. You can't turtle in, you ♥♥♥♥ing can't in games like Company of Heroes. If you pick just 2 or 3 points you're doomed.
+Diversity between factions -- As with most 3/4-factions modern RTS's, all buildings and units are designed differently for each faction. I think however that GSC did a good job because most units have no real counterpart in the other races' respective armies. (e.g. a race having a few and expensive elite infantry units whilst its opponent has massed and cheap ones with relatively identical stats, and thus taking the same niche)
+Nice soundtrack, not as good as the OST found in many old RTS games, but very much decent and above average
+Excellent damage/defence system -- I liked this one quite a lot. Most games, even Age of Empires to an extent, ignore altogether technical mechanics like the type of damage a unit does. For instance, in AoE we get only 3 types: melee, missile and siege damage. Here, there's crushing, piercing and chopping or something, as well as magic damage. Every unit has its own damage type and natural resistance to a few other types. This detail makes battles much more strategic, as you have to consider what type of damage is most used by your enemy's forces and so on...
+Many unit specific upgrades -- Every unit has several improvements pertaining its damage and defence, some upgrades related to all faction units are present too


-No Age-up --Basically, the most common of all features, one that usually makes RTS games last ages, was totally ignored. Here the only thing that limits your civilisation/race's progress are a few locked end-game buildings that require you to build unrelated and cheaper ones in order to be able to construct them too. Pretty disappointing, even the aforementioned Grey Goo lacked this wonderful feature.
-No huge unit diversity WITHIN the faction --yeah you heard that right, I have applauded the developers/designers for making diverse unit sets between each faction, and now I whine because there's no diversity within the races themselves. I'm afraid I have to. If what I said above was indeed true, on the other hand they went too extreme with this originality, and forgot to implement a handful of units I would say are a must regardless how original a faction may be. Example: I've played almost exclusively as the Cryo race (some reclusive northmen with a taste for ice magic and many ancient alliances with beings who inhabit the tundras of all fantasy and mythologic settings), and they lack any kind of cavalry AND missile unit. All they have is a diverse array of slow uberbeings (yetis, giants, golems, mammoths) who deal melee -and almost exclusively of crushing type- damage. I understand it could of been for the sake of originality, but to this point? All I have for a ranged unit is either a spellcaster or a ballista. Seeing as all peons use bows, it is implied this society of northmen has a tradition of bow hunting of some sort, which is already implied by the mere fact of living in a ♥♥♥♥ing frozen land in the far north.
-Lame lack of unit-voicing --It bothers me so much that they don't say anything when clicked, dragged, ordered to attack, etc. Any RTS I've played had it, even Grey Goo... So why the ♥♥♥♥ not GSC?
-No unit-specific evolution-like upgrade --I'm so used to unit transformation and evolution too, and I can't feel satisfied with a bunch of armour and weapon upgrades. Like, even in HOMM there are unit upgrades, people love to see their 'whatever' transformed into 'lord whatever elite' with its stats multiplied by 3 for a nasty sum of resources. Again, a very common feature seen even in RTS games like Company of Heroes (the veteran upgrade or something), overlooked by GSC.
-Bad pathing of certain units --no further explanation is needed, you'll see it.
-Some elite units are too much limited in numbers --Most high power units can only be trained once per building type. It's like if you build some barracks the construction houses 10 pikemen and that's the maximum you can have. To train more, you're forced to set up a row of identical buildings. I understand the building limit per se, but perhaps some upgrades or an 'expand building' feature also present in other stuff would of been more reasonable... One ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ mammoth per building is too much to bear...
-Odd design choices in a few things --Like the Cryo heroes being all human but of different ethnicity. Others might think it's fine, but to me it makes no sense to have the Mage look like some caucasian bearded all man, the Warrior like an average Inuit fisherman and the Ranger a female east asian teenager. On the other hand, whilst this faction has weirdly designed heroes, and is somewhat original per se, typical faction/races present in all fantasy games, novels, films whatever are totally absent (e.g. humans, orcs, gnomes, trolls). Many neutral races are indeed present but only work as a source of income and artifacts (slaughter them) or as mercenaries; most of those would have actually been a wonderful addition to the small list of playable civilisations.
-Unit healing, lastly --yeah I don't know for other factions, but to heal my units with the Cryo I have to cast a spell repeteadly from my Temple or something, and that heals some 10% of all of my units... Pretty crappy and relatively expensive. Also, non-living units seem unrepairable, some have stated. Certain elementals like Ice golems and spirits self-regenerate.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
It's cossacks in a generic fantasy world.
If you enjoyed the cossacks formula but instead of pikemen and dragoons wanted to amass armies of werewolves, wizards and centaurs, then this is your best bet.

Don't expect anything extremely original, it's the same generic fantasy tropes: elves, undead, dwarves and "cryo" (humans/ice people).
And in those races, the unit types are pretty standard: for the elves there's griffins, ents & unicorns, for the undead there's zombies, mummies & liches and so on and so forth.

While the setting doesn't really break any barriers, the gameplay makes up for it with a certain massiveness and "realism", for lack of better terms.
You can, and you will, (literally!) trample over helpless elf archers with your dwarven machinery. Beign a gsg game it's not uncommon to see hundreds of units on the battlefield, and theres a certain satisfaction in destroying them, having their ranks break down, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women.

Graphics are top notch, for a 2d game, they're amazing, and even all those years they still look like a fairytale, couldn't say the same if it was 3d.

Multiplayer still works after all those years, with gamespy being down, it's a privilege to be able to get multiplayer to work wihtout having to tinker with hamachi, tunngle or gamespy.

There's a hero RPG system "borrowed" from warcraft 3, it takes 20 minutes until the cooldown ends and you can use him, they're really weak early on, but when you get them rolling? They become small superweapons.
There isn't an 18 lvl cap like in, say, wc3, so you can get real high with the hero and wreak total havoc, especially with the proper skills & an army (that you got rolling while he was out of it) worthy of the title.

All in all, pretty good, worth trying out, at least because it's one of a kind (despite the generic setting).
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 19, 2014
i enjoyed this game a whole lot. it was an easy going rts with rpg that you cant find in many games. the storyline was a bit corny and not well developed but overall i find myself reinstalling it time and time again to replay it.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Great game a good blend of rpg and rts with a good story reminding me of the old d&d days, the multiplayer is dead and gone but to journey is still there in the campaign.
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54.8 hrs
Posted: October 6
One of the best RTS games I ever played and I almost play evrey RTS game there is :)
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k1ng r4t
20.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
One of the most hidden-est gems I've ever come across. It was included in a pack of 10 free games for like $2, I did not expect anything half as good as this. It's Warcraft 3 meets Battle For Middle Earth meets Total War. Controllable heroes, epic fantasy armies, but slightly limited by technology to be majorly epic...but you still get the feel of controlling a massive army.

I HIGHLY recommend this game. It's not very long, but it is a ton of fun. $15 might be a lot so it depends how you look at it. I see it as a 2 hour movie costs about $15. For the same price I got 20 hours of entertainment. In that sense it is absolutely worth it. If you don't like spending more than $10 on a game (very understandable) I'd wait for a sale...but definitely pick it up on sale, as long as you're into this sort of genre, you won't be disappointed.
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Prince Habubu
135.5 hrs
Posted: September 8, im online now, i want to get as many people as i can to join and have a great game with, use lan to join and use IP adress to connect
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5.2 hrs
Posted: September 8
I have first played this game when it came out in 2006.
Today I felt nostalgic, searched the shop and found it.
What I can tell you is that from more than a hundred RTS games I've played, this one is in my top 10.
I've finished the campaign over and over again and also there's a mod that adds another civilization plus a bonus campaign, all being fan-made. It is sad to think that a jewel like this barely has any fans, because it's honestly one of a kind.
The concept is not original, the gameplay is slow, the music is so repetitive that at some point you will feel like going nuts!!, but in the end, they all add up to one hell of an experience that you never had before.

To sum this up, this is not a fine polished game, this is not a AAA title that will blow your mind and the graphics are not that great also...but you will not care about any of these, because the moment you start playing, you'll get sucked in the game's universe and style and for some weird reason, you will grow very fond of it.

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15.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
Very fun game to play, especially with a few friends.
The online multiplayer works.
The storyline starts slow but picks up a bit, somewhat mediocre.

Overall what makes the game fun is the massive unit caps,
the variety in the 4 races, and the RPG elements.

Its also a very beautiful game and holds up well for how old it is.

The biggest letdown is the lack of Skirmish maps. There are only about 5.
That and the lack of hotkeys and information menus create a bit of a
learning curve.
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Hydro Merano
28.7 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 17
The many bugs.

My friends and I would play this, and we'd enjoy it for a bit, but after a while we noticed some balance issues, and graphic glitches that would cause the game to crash, and more often than not the AI would just sit there and do nothing.

Shame too, because this held so much promise, but the Devs abandoned, without fixing the bugs. Game breaking bugs.

Enjoy it for what it is, but don't expect to get too many hours of enjoyment before you get tired of doing the same thing over and over again.
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102.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
The best game i've ever played since beloved "Disciples II" & "HOMM 4"..... <3
When i had "Cossacks",while playing it for days, i had a dream to play not the army.. but one single unit.. or a little squad against big arimes of enemy, collecting kills, trying not do die as long as i could.
And.. suddenly, while reading one of the game-magazines, i've found the info about that game, - about it's lore, characters, factions and fell in love <3
The "Vampiress" hero #onelove xD
...aaand the LICH with it's "RESSURECTION OF THE DEAD" aura <3
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Cihan Serter
25.7 hrs
Posted: July 7
It has more Diablo style game playing than a strategy.

And building a base is almost impossible.

Enemy spawns quickly and attacks again and again.
That really annoys me.
Best strategy I developed is just to rush to enemy base and take out all the buildings.

And even I am annoyed I can't stop playing :)
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15.7 hrs
Posted: June 26
I wasn't really expecting anything from this other then a bland uninspired game when I got it. Just wanted a new RTS that I haven't tried before and didn't even know it was made by the Cossacks devs, so my expectations were pretty low.
But boy, was I wrong about it.
While the fantasy aspects here are pretty generic (elves are good archers allied with fairies, undead are evil, dwarves are technological, etc etc), it's extremely well thought to make every race unique. Little detailes give all factions a flavor and lack of equivalences make them stand out.

-Great RTS gameplay, lots of troops which can be quickly and easily maneuvered on the battlefield which in turn is large enough to acomodate different types of tactics. Plays very like Cossacks if you're into that.
-Visuals are stunning for a 2006 game. It has a nice oldschool 2d vibe to it, but being fully 3d with camera rotations and such
-Varied unit and building types: units have abilities which aren't useless! I personally enjoy how Dwarf musketeers cost resources to shoot but can hit enemies in melee as well.
-Base building is chunky and rather deep, unlike many of its kind.
-Tons of neutral factions all around the map.
-So far I haven't found any Humans in the game, a nice touch.
-Was expecting the AI to be dumber than it is.

-All about the RPG system: I don't really enjoy it very much, but it's not entirely a bad thing; it feels very similar to Battle for Middle Earth heroes, with very strong attacks and abilities and taking a long time to kill. They kinda make or break the game on their own and having to wait half an hour to use them in regular matches makes neutral camps a bit useless.
-Games may be overly long due to how everything scales up constantly.

-Sounds: absolute lack of unit responses, although I like it better like this than with terribly acted voices saying the same thing over and over again.
-Music: while decent, the game has too few tracks, which can be quite repetitive and even annoying.
-Campaign: I'm quite sure it has to do with the steam version but there's a complete lack of cutscenes or anything to set missions apart. First mission suddenly starts with people running away and no context given other than the awkward conversations between the elves. So far I'm on the 5th or so mission and only had the chance to use one hero. Missions can be very repetitive as well while you have to exploit your hero's strength to slowly wear out neutrals and enemies for your army to stand a chance in such uneven matches.
-I'd love an option to zoom in a bit more.

The experience is great fun overall, 8/10
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29.3 hrs
Posted: June 24
WOW a game I got in a budle pack (From bundle stars) for about £4.75 (2016). Really surprised I missed this game somehow.

Its difficult in certain areas and can be flustrating to a certain point. But I love this game.

I would recommend it to anyone who like this type of game, not tried the online side yet if its still working I dont know, but will update my review once I get the chance to try it.
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