Age of Fear: The Free World is an introduction to a seven-year old turn-based strategy series that fuses a tabletop wargame with RPG elements. Choose your faction (Undead Legion, Human Kingdom or Greenskins Horde), build a unique army and embark on exploring the realm!
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Very Positive (143) - 86% of the 143 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 18, 2019

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May 23


Hi all! Yesterday I was looking out for some good screenshots for our coming game:

I have found a couple of old screenshots from 2011/2012 when the Age of Fear was released for the first time:

To compare, those are the same levels in 2019 after numerous iterations:

Huge difference, huh?

All this progress would not have been possible without our awesome community!! You guys are simply the best.



Take care,
Les & AOF Team
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May 12


Hi all!

there hasn’t been a feature update for a while and I thought we needed one considering the number of changes in the last weeks so here it goes.

  • NEW: Cooldown counter displayed on icon - that was added literally yesterday. It should help with planning spell chains.

  • NEW: Adding icons to all selection options in all games - a small touch, but those dialogs look better.

  • NEW: Floating units can pass over allies.

  • NEW:Vampires can change into Vampire Bats and float over enemies! Be aware, the Vampire Bats are much easier to shot down than Vampires.

  • UPDATE: Naming of AI teams uses original names (e.g. Black Knight) if no name bundle is found. The result will not be “AI Player xxx” anymore.

  • UPDATE: A number of portraits were updated, for example unicorns:

  • UPDATE: Possessed units won’t trigger Team Morale penalties and also won’t desert.

  • UPDATE: Polymorph spell - weak units are changed into Chicken (just to add variety).

  • UPDATE: AI placement logic updated (it should be less prone to deploying ranged units before melee).

  • BALANCE: AI Team Size and Gold has a minimum baseline (based on game-progress).

  • BALANCE: Heros’ items are added to army power when computing AI power in random battles.

  • BALANCE: Precision / Shield Breaker is less effective vs. experienced opponents, i.e. Defence’s limits are increased by 1 per enemy’s upgrade level.


  • ONGOING: The Undead King Gold is a greatly expanded version of the series' very first entry, a game originally released seven years ago. This project aims to bring Age of Fear series into the Open World theme! The work has entered the Beta-test phase a while ago and we plan a release for early June 2019.

  • ONGOING: The Free World Workshop Manager - following the success of the Age of Fear: The Free World (25,000 downloads!), we plan to backport the Workshop Manager into this product as well. It requires some preparatory work and we plan it for mid-2019.

  • ONGOING: The Free World Extension - we are currently editing campaign for the remaining faction: Forest Folk. The extension release will be synchronised with the Workshop Manager.

  • ONGOING: The Global Events Extension - we have 40+ additional Global Events scheduled and being worked on. Those events will introduce side-quests.

  • ONGOING: Faction Bases which can be upgraded as you explore the Age of Fear world. Investing in base upgrades will unlock additional recruitable units, skills and locations to explore! This feature will be released first in The Undead King Gold and then we will add it to other games in the series.

  • ONGOING: Invisibility mechanics are already coded in, but require more testing to make AI aware of this feature. Invisibility will add an element of surprise to battles and mess up your tactics! Prepare for the unexpected!

  • ONGOING: Unit Voices are currently being re-recorded. There are 80+ voice-bundles and we have about 30% ready. ETA for this update is mid-2019 and hopefully this improvement will be well received!

  • ONGOING: Localization is coming too! We have started with French (thanks to targus929!), but once this update is stable we will look into other languages.

  • ONGOING: Desert Battles - we have already drawn a number of new terrains and themed objects like Giant Scorpion, Djinn, Cactuses, etc. Those will be added to existing environments.

  • ONGOING: The Age of Fear 4 - the main story is already written and we are working on scripts and game flows. The release is planned for 2020 and we will surely push out more news before that.



Take care,
Les & AOF Team
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“The dev is great about updates, fixing bugs, and communicating with players. This series really restored my faith in gaming in general and in indie games. So give it a try and I hope you have as much enjoyment out of the series as I have had.”

“Who created this game knows what necromancer means, not just a class that throws debuffs at enemies or that it's just a tank by draining hp or that's only able to summon (...) Necromancer is a class capable of massacring using numbers, able to use the opponent's forces against it, and that game caught that. In short, I loved this game.”


About This Game

Age of Fear is a long-running series of fantasy turn-based strategy games. Loved by fans for its tabletop wargame battle system and in-depth RPG customization.

Age of Fear: The Free World serves as a COMPLETELY FREE (you can get a coffee for devs at ☕) introduction to the series' tried-and-true gameplay, focusing on non-linear exploration and combat in an Open World style. Choose your faction, build a unique army and embark on countless exciting quests awaiting you throughout the realm!

Also, hottomo has create a quick visual-guide for new players!


COMPLETELY FREE - go ahead and try the series. If you like it, please visit 'Other Age of Fear Games' section on this page!

HEX-FREE BATTLES - test your tactics with a novel movement system where size matters and units aren't constrained by artificial grids!

OPEN WORLD - play procedurally-generated battles or take a quest and solve mysteries. Play this game as you want!

GLOBAL EVENTS that occur while exploring the World Map, à la Battle Brothers. This feature is still being developed and could serve to provide more lore and fun unit interactions conditional on the player's party!

FREQUENTLY UPDATED - we take our work seriously and patch our games often with new features and content. Also, whenever possible, those updates are back-ported to all our previous games!

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN - we listen to our players and continuously improve! Go and check our forums, everyone has their say and we implement those suggestions.

FULL OF JOKES - who said strategy games have to be serious? All the best fantasy jokes have a home here!

PARTY CUSTOMIZATION - build and upgrade a custom army from more than two hundred unique units, skills and spells (but be aware of racial animosities!).

DEEP BATTLE MECHANICS - learn the basics in a hurry, then develop new strategies around a huge variety skills, spells and battle hazards like neutral factions and environmental effects (yes, you can anger bystanders!).

EASY TO MOD - create your own missions, or even full-fledged campaigns, to be shared with the Steam community!

PERMANENT DEATH - accept the grim realities of death where all units that fall in battle stay dead... unless an evil Necromancer raises them as Zombies.

ARTEFACTS AND RELICS - discover numerous unique weapons, armours, potions and treasures, with the rarest granting powerful OP skills and stat bonuses.

ADVANCED AI - our AI is built upon a self-organizing network of agents and meta-heuristics algorithms (yes, we are PhD-smart!). Discover one of the most sophisticated AI systems you've ever played against!

LOW HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS - run the game even on that old potato laptop of yours. Your stone-age computer is good enough!

...everything else we come up with! Get only if you want access to the latest features in the Age of Fear series, and please keep in mind that this is an evolving product.

If you're hungry for a no-nonsense, old school turn-based strategy game, you've met your match in the Age of Fear series. Enter the fantasy world of Age of Fear today!


Enjoy this free selected soundtracks album of music from the Age of Fear series:

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL capable
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • OS: 10.7 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL capable
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • OS: All distributions
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL capable
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM

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