Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is the third entry in the award winning fantasy strategy series. This fan-favorite enhances the series' praised fusion of empire building, role-playing and tactical combat with the eerie Shadow World and battle with races never before seen, across new and diverse landscapes.
User reviews: Very Positive (96 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 2010

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Includes 3 items: Age of Wonders, Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne, Age of Wonders Shadow Magic

 

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Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is the third entry in the award winning fantasy strategy series. This fan-favorite enhances the series' praised fusion of empire building, role-playing and tactical combat with the eerie Shadow World and battle with races never before seen, across new and diverse landscapes.
Combined with the option of creating a totally unique environment with the map generator and rewriting the history of this world through the enhanced campaign editor, you are ensured a constant stream of completely new game experiences.
Key features:
  • Features a full new Campaign with 5 episodes and 16 scenarios, with new characters and a new unfolding story. 19 stand-alone scenarios are included.
  • Revisions to the original 12 Age of Wonders races. Each race has a new city upgrade, which comes with a new unit. For example, the Elves can build a Secret Forest, which cloaks the town and produces Treemen.
  • Three entirely new races: The steppe roaming Nomads, the sinister Shadow Demons and the otherworldly Syrons.
  • Use diplomacy with your rivals as you see fit. Lay siege to enemy cities with a careful balance of tactical guile and magical augmentations. You might just be destined to become the greatest Wizard-King of all time.
  • Confront rivals in Multiplayer via a LAN or over the Internet for up to 8 players - options include Play by Email, Hot Seat, and the exciting Simultaneous-Turn System allowing all players to move at the same time!
  • Design your very own scenarios, heroes, items, and even new Wizards with the enhanced scenario editor, challenging others to triumph over your creation.
  • Use the random map generator to create new scenarios or multiplayer challenges at the click of one button!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 95 or later
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 300+ CPU
    • Memory: 64MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphic card
    • Hard Drive: 500MB hard disk
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 23 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is unplayable. It has taken over 15 minutes to load and the mouse was frozen.
I purchased this game today in a bundle. If I can't get it working, it was a waste of money like most of the other games I have purchased from steam...
Posted: September 23
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
I have to say, this game is the end all, be all for turn based strategy games for me. As a long time fan of Heroes of Might and Magic 3, as well as other less well received TBS games, this one continues to shine and take up space on my hard drive. This purchase marks the 3rd time that I've bought the game. One hard copy, once on GOG, and now the steam version, almost soley so that I can review this bad boy. First of all, forget the campaigns. Games like these were MADE for the random maps. The campaigns, while entertaining, are really just long tutorials to ready you for the random map generator, which is where this game shines. 12 races, multiple combinations of magi, and a multitude of play styles lay before you. That enemy city before you just a little too tough to take? Scorch their lands and transform them to deserts and watch their populace riot from their discontent at their new, inhospitable world. A mountainrange in your way? Level the terrain and march your troops across it, backdooring your opponent into new depths of discontent. That being said, play it with your friends to elevate this game to the height that it deserves. This is the ultimate multiplayer strategy game. Get your friends together and LAN this game. You won't regret it.
After purchasing AOW III, I have to admit, while that game IS awesome, I still make time in my day to go back to Shadow Magic. It's well worth the time. Every ♥♥♥♥ing time. Stop reading this now and go buy this game. If you're a turn based strategy person, or just a strategy gamer at all, you owe it to yourself to play this game. Good luck, and may your wizard towers provide you all the spell range you require!

Disclaimer: I have literally played hundreds (and I don't mean one or two) of hours of this game and expect to play hundreds more. Buy it. you won't regret it.
Posted: April 25
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Props again to my friend Red for gifting me this game. I'm actually going to make this review for Age of Wonders II, and this game as well...

The Age of Wonders series is a classic all-time favorite of mine in the case of the two, a challenging and enchanting strategy 4X game with spells, dragons, warriors, armies, everything. It allows you to personalize what kind of wizard you want to play as, how hard the enemies are, the setting you want to fight in, etc.. Haven't played through the campaigns fully for either, though. Nontheless, Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne, and it's Expansion-turned-sequel, Shadow Magic, are games that Fantasy and Strategy fans alike will be spellbound by. Shadow Magic also definately took what AoWII had, and did some improving touch ups on it but still made sure not to fix what isn't broke. But still tried some different things with new additions for bonuses and tactics. Such as looping the limited production queue if you want to build an army, but the production que is overflown.

For both nostalgia and quality related reasons, an impressive 9/10 to both games.
Posted: May 27
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Best RPG/Strategy game I ever played. :)
Posted: June 24
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4 of 27 people (15%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
This would be great if the GAME ♥♥♥♥ING WORKED. No support or anything, either. Don't waste the $10.
Posted: August 22
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2 of 23 people (9%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
old and not even working.
Posted: August 8
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1 of 21 people (5%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
the lost chapter in the lords of the ring saga, for good reasons.
Posted: May 8
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2 of 24 people (8%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
This is like playing a really bad version of Heroes of Might and Magic. It looks like it would have been fun back in the day when there were less options but even then there was Heroes. The interface is the worst part. It isn't a super bad game but it is'nt a Heroes replacement or subsitute so I would not suggest this game unless you really enjoy these types of games.
Posted: June 23
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19.8 hrs on record
Amazing Strategy game. The epitome of "Just one more turn" gaming. Up there with Civ and Heros of Might and Magic.
Posted: April 27
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7.5 hrs on record
This is a great game for strategy game fans. It has all the aspects of a quality strategy game, and I have enjoyed my experience with it thoroughly. Although, I think that those who aren't too big on games like Civ and Age of Empires will find this game boring, and should steer in a different direction. If you plan on buying the previous games in this series, know that this is by far the most polished and enjoyable. If you love strategy games like I do, you will have fun with the whole series. But if you simply like to play an hour or two every few days of strategy-based games I recommend only buying Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic. Overall, this is a great game and those of you who enjoy strategy RPGs will have a blast playing this game.
Posted: June 8
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19.0 hrs on record
My elves rebelled against me because I have too many goblins in my nation, clearly this game advocates racism, and encourages only having one, unified, white race. Incidently it is also sexist, somehow.

I can't stand playing this sexist, racist, anti-american trash. This game corrupts our youth to burn the flag and give up our guns to make way for "peace" and "commerce", clearly a product of Al Qaeda and if you even consider yourself a true american, you should burn this game at the stake and demand censorship.

Game is also very very fun and I can not stop playing, totally recommend buying it
Posted: June 10
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7.4 hrs on record
I loved the age of wonders series and i think its the best
Posted: May 29
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0.3 hrs on record
Great game but very buggy on modern systems. Your mileage may vary. If there were a way to try it out before purchasing I would recommend doing that just to make sure it runs properly.

It still gets a recommendation from me as the game itself is excellent. It would be nice if they released a patch to iron out the new bugs but given this game's age I don't think that's going to happen.
Posted: June 3
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37.8 hrs on record
This is a good game, I hadn't played it in a while, and then installed it again, and it was fun. Turn based strategy with exploring and fighting.
Posted: June 25
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0.1 hrs on record
I remember playing this game almost endlessly in my younger years, after losing my copy of the original Age of Wonders. This game is absolutely fantastic; it incorporates a fascinating and engaging lore and world, combined with two choices for story; follow a preset story, or go on a skirmish and make your own, complete with it's own custom races, lands, landscapes, enemies, heros and choices. Aside from a gorgeous game setting and engaging story, the gameplay is also fantastic. The classic turn-based building and movement scenes are fairly standard, but it's during the turn-based battle that the game really comes to life, incorporating cover-based tactics, a huge range of different npcs and special attacks, not to mention the use of magic during the battles to gain the upper edge.

All in all, this is a hugely brilliant and amazingly underated game that deserves far more recognition and praise for what it is; and that goes for all games in the Age of Wonders series.
Posted: June 20
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17.6 hrs on record
While mechanically additive to the original and essentially required in order to partake in the modern modding and mapmaking community, the new races and storylines pertaining to the "Shadow Magic" installment are banal and unseemly. 9/10, better than AoW III.
Posted: June 25
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25.9 hrs on record
I unfortunately cannot get into 4x games like this, and that is sad because this is a legit good game, i cant give much actual information due to not understanding much of it, but see other reviews for that, im just saying that if you like 4x games, get this, it is actualy alot less complicated than things like Endless Space and whatnot, so it is a good place to start getting into 4x strategies.
Posted: June 8
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8.7 hrs on record
I have only played a little of the game so far but I am loving it. The thing that compelled me to write the review was how great the tutorial is. most of these older games have very confusing tutorials. but this games tutorial is top notch! makes it very easy to get in and start having fun
Posted: May 27
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0.1 hrs on record
Shadow Magic is a stand aolone DLC for AoW 2 . sad part is because its a standalone it eliminates the need for AoW2. Why? because eveyrthing thats in AoW2 is in here and more.

Very good game.
Not as good as the first (even now i am saying that grfx or not AoW had better mechanics.)
AoW 3 is the only game to finally topple AoW1
Posted: May 14
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119.8 hrs on record
Good, though the AI is really dumb especially for tactical combat.
Posted: April 26
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