Welcome to Age of Wonders, the authentic turn based fantasy strategy classic that started the hit series. Age of Wonders’ intimate atmosphere with painterly graphics still shines today. The game’s fully patched up, start building your fantasy empire today! The Age of Wonders, once a time of magic and peace.
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Release Date: Oct 2010

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Welcome to Age of Wonders, the authentic turn based fantasy strategy classic that started the hit series. Age of Wonders’ intimate atmosphere with painterly graphics still shines today. The game’s fully patched up, start building your fantasy empire today!
The Age of Wonders, once a time of magic and peace. An age swept into the ravaging gale of chaos by the arrival of a single, uninvited race: the Humans. The fragile balance that existed between the ancient races, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and others, has changed into a struggle for power and survival in the wake of the turmoil the Humans have brought to the land. Prepare for a strategy adventure where you will uncover wondrous ancient artifacts, awesome magical power, and the secrets of a shattered empire. Ally with the forces of light or darkness to determine the fate of the world in the Age of Wonders!
Key features:
  • Age of Wonders is a turn-based game combining the best elements of strategy, adventure and role-playing.
  • 12 unique fantasy races, over 50 different heroes with upgradable abilities, dozens of spells and scores of locations to explore.
  • Employ strategic and tactical skills to command troops in capturing vital locations and defeating enemies.
  • Battle your way through vast open lands, breach the outer wall in city sieges and explore deadly dungeons.
  • Forge strategic alliances with compatible races to leverage each race's unique skills and abilities.
  • Experience captivating single player campaign playable from the light and dark side.
Play multi-player games against your friends through hotseat play, play-by-email, over LAN or the Internet. The latter two modes feature an additional game play mode of simultaneous turns for a fast game pace.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 166+ CPU
    • Memory: 32MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphic card
    • Hard Drive: 350MB hard disk
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56 of 58 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
131.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
tl;dr Yes, but with a warning below.

Age of Wonders, despite the age, is still a worthwhile game. It can appear deceptively simple at first, but as you begin to chip away at the abilities and magic system, you realise just how important deeper knowledge of the game mechanics can be.

A lot of the game has been covered by other reviewers. Essentially: turn based fantasy strategy game with empire management. Unlike the sequels - and many other games of its type - in Age of Wonders if your leader dies, you lose the game. This adds an extra layer of risk - your leader is powerful and can take down many basic units, but one wrong move and the game's over. It can sound cheap, but it really puts the stress on in major battles, something other strategy games miss out on. There is an option to remove this for the skirmishes, if you're not keen on it.

THE WARNING: this game, as it sits on Steam, is faulty. It crashes a lot - A LOT. Some people are fine, but looking at the reviews and the forums, it's wide spread enough for it to be an issue. You can fix this with a Hex editor. Now, I know some basic fixes are acceptable, but having to use a hex editor to fix the game is not. I imagine a lot of people out there don't know what a hex editor is, or how to even use one. Furthermore, I don't see any reason why this can't be done on the developers end - it took me two minutes, and would save everyone else a lot of headache.

Anyway, if you know what you're doing, this thread has the instructions: http://steamcommunity.com/app/61500/discussions/0/864973123853580717/

I very nearly put this as a thumbs down, but the cheap price, brilliant gameplay, and the fact that a fix is available - courtesy of the fan base (which, by the way, provide more maps and content than you'll ever manage to get through), I really can't bring myself to do it.

Thumbs up, only just, though.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Age of Wonders and its sequels remains the best of the Master of Magic heirs. The game has a number of races to play, two campaigns with branching points, tactical combat, magic systems and customizable characters. Its citybuilding is simplified, however. I'd recommend it and the rest of its family to people looking for a fantasy 4X style game though at this point they are all a bit dated and are not without frustrating gameplay aspects. But they are inexpensive and still enjoyable. I'd recommend this until something newer comes along to topple it, and so far nothing that I've played has.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
I bought this game mainly due to nostalgia, having played it shortly after it came out in 1999. I knew beforehand there would be some frustration thanks to lacking quality of life improvements we are now accustomed to in modern games.

I gave it a shot nevertheless and I'm happy I did it. Sure, it can at times be cumbersome and tiring, especially when the enemy AI sends a lone dwarf across the otherwise impassable mountains to conquer the gold mines in your backyard. *shakes fist*
But the gameplay overall was fun. Leveling up your heroes, selecting their new skills and equipping them with loot from the dungeons and haunted ruins you occasionally encounter is what made me love this game all those years ago. And it's still great.

This game is not for everyone, I know, and it might be an acquired taste. But I immensely enjoyed playing through it once more.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
115.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
TLDR: Get it.

More specifically:

I'd never heard of Age of Wonders before getting this game with AoW 2 and AoW: Shadow Magic during a big sale not too long ago. For $2, I was not expecting much - and was absolutely blown away when I started it up and discovered an enormously complex and well-developed game hidden behind such a low pricetag. The dated graphics might be a turn-off to some, but unjustly so; the game itself holds up masterfully against its current-gen counterparts.

Some might be tempted to call this a 4X strategy game in the vein of Civilization, but that was not what I personally found to be the case. Yes, you're on a tiled map with cities and armies marching around, but that's about where the similarities end. Things like city management and upkeep are extremely reduced: cities provide you with money and can build units, and you can upgrade them to unlock additional tiers of units. No city upkeep, no taxes, city size doesn't change, and happiness is basically a factor of whether you're playing as a "good," "evil," or "neutral" faction (good likes good, evil likes evil, neutral's indifferent to everyone). It's simple and keeps the focus on what the game is really all about, which is capturing territory.

Here the game starts to feel like Starcraft or Warcraft, but turn-based. Each turn, you get a certain amount of gold, and you have to decide how you're going to balance spending between teching up (unlocking better late-game stuff), fortifying cities, and producing armies. Exploring the map is a necessity; that's the only way you'll find mines and farms to supplement your income and acquire more cities to boost production. Fighting happens when one player moves an army onto the same hex as an enemy army, at which point not only those two armies, but all adjacent armies as well, get ported to a small-scale tactical map. Tactical combat is fun and, at least agains the AI, smaller companies can take down big stacks if they're managed properly.

The major drawback some people might find is that certain units are absurdly strong relative to their counterparts in other factions (the Orc Red Dragon, for example). Much of this strength comes from the fact that hitting units is RNG-based. For lower-tier units, there's very little unpredictability, but when archers are shooting at a dragon, it can take a long time before one of them lands a hit - or it can happen right away. High-level hero units with high defense present a similar problem, and going up against them usually requires some contingency prep work in case RNG is unkind. It's manageable, but some might find it a turn-off.

There's much more to discover in the game than what I've laid out here, but hopefully this gives people an idea of what to expect. All in all, it's fun to play alone, the campaign is massive and satisfying, and there's hot seat and play-by-email multiplayer for those who want more. Highly recommend this game.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
This is one of the best games from old era gaming. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants old strategy nostalgia.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Best of the series, still fun to this day.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
76.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
A great table top style fantasy war game with role-playing elements. Dated graphics to be sure but the unit artwork is immersive as are unit descriptions. I always play as the good guys but you have the option of playing as the evil ones if so desired. Keep your display at 1028 x 760 or 800 x 600 or the units get very tiny. If you like turn-based strategy games you will love this one. 9/10.

Music is some of the best ever for fantasy setting.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
Considering that age of wonders 3 is out now, you may think that skipping this title and going on to a bigger brighter game might be a good idea, but then you would miss out on the diamond that started this series. This game is a strategic/tactical game that really has the power to draw you in with its unique armies and keeps you playing due to the overwelming number of strategies, tactics, and options at your disposal. Be prepared for anything as each upgrade you learn about will seem even more overpowered than the last and be amazed at how well this old school AI keeps up with the varied options at your command.

I guess what I am getting at is, if you think you like turn based strategy games, give this game a shot. You won't be sorry.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Very fun game, addicting for those who like Strategy and RPG games.

Has a few bugs and sometimes crashes, but the auto-save function works really well and I never lost any progress with the crashes.

For those who enjoy this type of game its a must play.

I give a 8/10 just because the gameplay could be better, tho you couldnt really ask much more at the time.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
This game is definitely one of my favourites. In my opinion, the Age of Wonders series of games is the best if you're looking for good Turn-Based strategy.
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Jackerry
7.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game has so many bugs it is unplayable after 5 minutes (either you are booted from it or it freezes your PC no matter how powerful it is) steam support is unable to refund for a game that is impossible to play and cannot refund because ive played over two hours ( two hours of frozen screens whilst trying to figure the problem out) and has no help to sort the problem out. id like a physical copy sent to replace the online version that obviously doesnt work or a refund. Considering the discussion forums have alot of problems some serious legal action could be required but steam should take this game off of their store. also it was my first purchase with steam so it makes the company look alot worse than they are.
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Killstreak
18.3 hrs
Posted: July 10
This game is an old favorite of mine I used to play years ago and was glad to see it on steam so i bought it thinking I could have something to play when bored, instead the game is ruined by constant crashes, bug reports and just general ♥♥♥♥♥♥ issues. If they fix the issues it will be great untill then not worth buying.
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Thorns
24.0 hrs
Posted: July 6
Sometimes an old game shouldn't be revived and brought to a new audience.

You run the risk of... Well it's not really so much a risk as it is a certainty but... You run the risk of having the new audience take one look or play an hour or two of the game and discard it for being inferior to what is out now.

Inferior in terms of graphics, of gameplay, balance.. Loads of things.

But, back when this game came out, it was incredible. It really was.

It's not looking back with rose-tinted glasses, no chance. I still play it today and it holds up. I suppose it's enhanced by the memories I have of growing up and playing it but I don't think you can seperate personal experiences with games..

That said, if I had not played it then would I enjoy it today? That's an impossible question to answer.. Perhaps this influenced my taste in genres?

All I know is that this game is amazing and I return year after year to play it. It's a classic.

The artwork is beautiful. Really nice fantasy stuff. The portraits of your Avatars are amazing and varied, really adding a sense of uniqueness to your game.

The gameplay is simple, very easy to pick up, yet it has some elements that may surprise you such as migrating towns to your own race to produce units of your own faction or dividing mana income between the researching of spells and accumulating mana points.

You can even automate your battles for instant results... Something I never even considered of being possible and only on very rare occasions do I use it. I never want to skip taking control of the battlefield and utilising my units to the best of their ability. Never. Even in battles that I know I will lose.. For example my three Human archers versus a Black Drake... I'll take control of the battle and retreat my archers, one by one while the furthest one shoots before having to flee past his Brothers who have now taken up shooting positions... All just to whittle down the Drake's health so should I encounter it again it will be that much weaker.

You can really help yourself by taking control of battles, but the option is always there for a instant result should you so desire.

And who wouldn't want to use your Avatar to their upmost ability. AI control when automating battles really does no justice to any of your units and can have really unfortunate outcomes... Such as every single catapult ever built exclusively firing at your Avatar, when surely you would be moving him out of harms way in a battle you are controlling...

The story is, in its own right, perfectly acceptable. I find the factions throughout the main story to be extremely varied and offer a distinct feel when allying with/waging war on.

Personally I absolutely despise the Azracs for reasons long forgotten. I'm sure at one point one of my Champions accompanying my Avatar was slaughtered by their hands... Oh and I feel so terribly sad for Lizardmen... What an utterly useless race that give off the most satisfying noises when killed.

Speaking of noises, the sound in this game is great. Unit voices/noises are superb and some are downright terrifying... Like the Goblin Karagh. I will never forget seeing them for the first time as they sprinted out of the fog of war in a crypt, screaming.

But I think, for me at least, the best aspect of the game, is one that ties it all together and elevates it to legendary status... Again, in my eyes...

It's the soundtrack. The music. All composed by Michiel van den Bos.

I cannot describe how good the music is. It is simply spellbinding.

Certain tracks are linked to certain factions, and you only hear them when playing those factions. That is a great way to keep the music fresh. Other tracks are universal.

All in all, the music brings back my sense of nostalgia the strongest, more so than any other aspect of the game.

If you don't fancy buying the game, just listen to the music on YouTube and try to guess which track fits which faction. Or just chill out to it. Don't forget the secret track only found in the Demo version "In the Company of Elves".

I don't want to spoil all the surprises you'll find in this game. I think what makes a game great is discovering things all by yourself. It's new and unexpected that way.

I would recommend watching the Steam Trailer for this on the store page, it think it touches on a lot of aspects of the game which should give you an indication what is on offer while keeping enough secret to amaze you when you uncover it.

I don't personally think anything in this game can be considered a negative, but if you were to force my hand I would say that having the maximum level of defense & resistance on your Avatar takes the edge off the fear of him/her dying to such an extent that you will simply send him/her into battles solo or with mimimal backup.

That said... A stack of eight archers, regardless of race (Elves are better than Humans you see..), will most likely counter that. It's just a shame that the AI doesn't really take advantage of these tactics.

And that would be another negative. The limited AI. Once you are playing against the hardest level CPU, something I do not think will take you much time, you will be left feeling the game cannot offer you any more.

But, I am sure that there are mods out there to negate this...

All in all, this game is fantastic and I would highly recommend it if you are into this type of game. If you are not, wait for it to go on sale and give it a try, claiming a refund if it's not for you.

I give this game a maximum 10/10 [Defense... Better get those archers ready...]
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jbonifacejr
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 5
Don't want to go into too much detail simply because this game is so old school as to be nearly worthless. You have to click on the character first before trying to move the character to a location on the map. Tedious and uninspiring at best. It may have been great in it's time, but it's time has come and gone.
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Sarkoth
9.4 hrs
Posted: June 3
Timeless classic. If you can bear clunky visuals and love HoMM games, you'll love this.
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|INC| Revolution ヅ
4.6 hrs
Posted: May 24
Ofc this game is very old, but it still succees in entertaining me.
I really like the aspects of this game:
- Having towns
- Creating armies
- Wizards with their own spells

Fantastic!
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brentoncihonski
146.1 hrs
Posted: May 12
This game. Just incredible. As far as the game goes, I have no bad things to say, I could go on for DAYS about the in depth stratedy and awesome unit variance, and the map editor...ughghghg, it's literally just too good...however...

WHY DOESN'T THIS WORK FOR WINDOWS 10??

If you have windows 10, I cannot recommend this game, I have had nothing but problems. I have to bust out the old laptop to be able to play this game.

Anyone else have the same problems?
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Darth Arnicas
76.2 hrs
Posted: May 2
One of the best games ever. However Frostlings suck
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Den
0.9 hrs
Posted: April 28
Bloody graphics are just bloody 100% horrible, compared to later AOW games.
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Melted Crayon
18.6 hrs
Posted: April 27
For now I've played only this title of the Age of Wonders' series.
The lore seems a bit flat, but it's pretty convincing, I won't spoil it, I think you must only know that you can play the campaign mode with two different factions with a complete different story, I've played with the Keepers of Peace (the good one) and I liked it.

The gameplay it's faster than what might be expected, besides the game allow you to do automatic battles or explore the area and do a strategic battle (I recommend this for dungeons).

The soundtracks of the various levels are not so spectacular, but they can give a perfect atmosphere, unlike the graphic impact, it's spectacular in every aspect.


This game appear like an experiment (maybe for me), but it is really full of surprises! I'm trembling from desire to play the following titles!!!
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