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.
User reviews: Very Positive (134 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 2010

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"A strategy gem with just enough role-playing elements to enter our list - for turn based strategy fans!"

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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
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
58.0 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Good, basic turn-based strategy game. Some of the features haven't aged especially well, but it has still retained a certain charm despite the dated graphics and game systems.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Despite of the "low" graphic, this game is still great. :) If you missed this game, I highly recommend you to try it out before playing the Age of wonders 3 .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I bought this game long time ago as some kind of clone of "Master of Magic". But after that I spent large amount of time at playing. Turn-based strategy with "unique" units and RPG-parts was so good that I bought it on Steam, in case of having some free time to be nostalgic.
And I like that this game work well on my Win 7 PC.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
this was my teenager day's favorite game.. together with HoMM3.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.9 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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
43.6 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 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Best of the series, still fun to this day.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
If you're into the classic strategy games... this is the game for you! If you play this game for the first time it can be difficult but after a while you will really enjoy the game!
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
after all these years still an awesome turn based strategy game. In an effort to support the making of AGe of Wonders 3 i rebought the steam versions. Nostalgia and fun await those who venture back to the Age of wonders.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
62.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2012
Pre-Release Review
It's like Diablo II and Heroes III made sweet, turn-based roleplaying love.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Turn base strategy with traces of luck during combat. It's classic. Can customize and build your characters. Multiple endings depending on your choices of allies. Overall an entertaining game if you don't mind the old graphics. Still doesn't look too bad.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
Old game that reminds me good times.

Its still very playable and provides so much fun
I m gonna spend some nice evenings with Age of WOnders

If you miss hardcore old playing... its a game for you:)
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
So this game is HARD! That being said I find the interface the most difficult to get around then the game it's self. You build up squad's of 8 and take them around the map sacking cities and destroying the enemy. Also you have to keep your towns guarded and income in check. It's a old school game that's worth a pick up if you like the RTS\Sim style.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
This is one of those games that I find myself coming back to again and again. I've played the sequels, but none of them can quite recreate the magic (no pun intended) of this classic. Everything from the fairly antiquated, yet still crisp and detailed graphics through the many tactical subtleties of combat which few later games have explored equally, to the absolutely brilliant and very loveable soundtrack. There is no reason why any fan of strategy, RPG and/or fantasy shouldn't have this game in his/her collection.

The probably most annoying flaw of the game, is the relatively small number of maps to play, and with no random map generator, you will play through the entire game quite fast. Luckily, there are still fans making and posting maps for everyone to download and rate. And of course, there is included with the game a super simple and intuitive map generator with all the tools you need to make whatever you like.

What I love most with this game is the rock solid gameplay, the timeless-without-being-boring take on fantasy races and themes, as well as the amount of units and options avaliable to you, combined with all the little details such as bloody, beaten corpses littering the battlefield and fields disappearing outside a city under siege. It makes for a game where you can instantly tell the team behind it has put their minds and souls into its creation. An attribute few games possess these days.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2013
AWESOME old-school RPG, kind of like a 4X-light type of game. Great compatability with newer resolutions. Super fun gameplay. I used to play this game excessively when I was in middle school. The soundtrack is also super catchy and there's even an in-game playlist editor that lets you pick your favorite in-game tracks.

HIGHLY recommended, especially for such a cheap price. It's a classic.
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