Warlock: Master of the Arcane
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"It's got that magic turn-based feeling" - Gamespy.com
The latest game in the popular Majesty series, Warlock: Master of the Arcane introduces turned-based strategy and global conquest to the fantastic world of Ardania. In a time of chaotic upheaval, the player takes the role of a great mage, a warlord vying for ultimate power. Your mission is to build an empire, expand your borders, research new spells and conquer your enemies. Become the ultimate Warlock and rule over all of Ardania!
- Feel the magic: Research and master dozens of spells, conjure powerful enchantments and discover awesome spell combinations.
- Ready an army: Command a expansive range of units, all with unique abilities. Mobilize the forces of three races, along with special summoned troops and wild creatures.
- Choose your strategy: There are various ways to achieve victory: by military, diplomatic or even magical means.
- Fight your enemies: Engage in epic battles with large armies marching across the landscape. Players may develop their own tactics and learn to use a large number of units’ special abilities. Add some magic to this, and you will experience a true symphony of war.
- Command the game: Enjoy an innovative city management system, where there are no routine actions, and every decision counts!
- Have faith: Fight on the side of one of the eight gods. Complete their quests and spread their temples across the lands. Or throw all gods aside and become one yourself!
- Follow the traditions: Warlock – Master of the Arcane inherits all the best elements of the famous turn based strategies of old. It has modern feel and look, but deep down it is a classic game where each player may master his or her own kingdom through magical and military skill.
A great strategy game.Chack | Jan. 27, 2014 | See all Chack's reviews »
Warlock is a cool turn-based strategy, sort of like Civilization V (actually a lot like Civ V) but in a fantasy world. It doesn't exactly do anything new, but what it does it's enough to entertain you for a while. Also this game is played better in multiplayer, with friends or with complete strangers it doesn't matter. although the AI is not bad as far as I could tell so single player is not bad either.
If you enjoy turn-based strategy games this is a good game to have, but beware, if you actually play Civ V and you are looking for something different, remember this game is very similar in terms of gameplay with a few new stuff like spells and some magical units.
A World of Magicxiluxpain | Jan. 13, 2014 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
Warlock Master of the Arcane is a turn-based strategy game, much alike Civilization. For those familiar with Civilization, you will easily find yourself in a situation where you need to out-learn your opposition.
The key factors of this game are respectively food, mana, gold, and research. Excess food goes into gold. Mana is used for spells. Spells are obtained through a selection in your research. The more powerful the spell, the longer it takes.
You can deal with AI or other players and trade spells. With that said, this game is much more fun if played with at least one other person. But the downside to this is that you will need to take turns, and mid to late game, you will take quite a long time per person. Most players you should play with is around 3 or less.
There is no limit to the number of cities you create. In fact, each city will grant you bonuses. There is no penalty to cities what-so-ever. This is simply a game of rapid expansion, and out-do your enemies.
Although there is no method of permanent alliance, you can win the game without destroying everyone else. At a certain point, there is a spell you learn and cast in order to achieve victory with your friend(s).
This game is great for those who love warfare and magic. You will have random events and at points be devastated by neutral NPCs and random monsters spawning. The game is constantly changing with a huge randomly generated selection of maps.
This title is worth the money, and definitely a challenge at the highest difficulty regardless of whether or not you have allies.
Awesome turn based strategydrakso | Dec. 16, 2013 | See all drakso's reviews »
Have you ever wondered what would it be like to play civilization in a fantasy setting? Well this is the closest you would get. Warlock: Master of the Arcane is a turned based strategy game made by paradox. If you are familiar with paradox games you would run across the usual paradox characters but if you are not, its a great place to experience the magical creatures of Ardania. The game has acceptable graphics and a very good art style. The time between turns is not too long and the movement and fighting plays very good. I would like to mention that the game does not have a story so you can only play on skirmish maps. Overall the game is very good and I would recommend it to any gamer that likes turn based strategy games.
Back in timeMarcoCav | Oct. 3, 2013 | See all MarcoCav's reviews »
Playing Warlock is like going back to the time of turn based strategic. It is a product without too many ornaments, which relies entirely on the ability to manage resources and troops. Too bad that the AI, which is not very shrewd, otherwise it would have been a masterpiece.
Magic, fantasy and strategy. In one!Veniu | Oct. 1, 2013 | See all Veniu's reviews »
Yes, all of what you've heard is true, this game seems to be like a Civilization V clone. Well, is it a clone?
No. As it has only a few similar things, it actually brings us what's best from many strategy games that only INCLUDES Civilization V. Game itself isn't so easy. Yes, you do have magic, but its useless when... When you enter another world! There's the place where real hard fun begins. Sending even best heroes there is a suicide mission, no matters what boost's they have, you just need to send hundreds of your armies in order to create a city there, which will give you alot of benefits in the future.
Another great, great thing, that wins over Civilization V is.... Animation skipping! Everybody gets tired of watching enemy moves after a while, so now you can skip not only the enemy turns, but also your own movements! Neutral monsters included!
There is no tech-tree or anything like that. No. There's only a "spell tree". The only research, are to give you new spells and magic abilities, so later on you can unleash your rage on the battlefield, and bring down your foes with fearsome trickery and magic! Still not cool? Or too brutal? You still can boost your own farms and mines to raise the output of your food, gold or mana. Yes, there are only 3 basic resources. FTW!
Multiplayer included. No need to put more words to make it even more awesome. Period.
So, we said something about taking best advatages from other games and we've mentioned the obvious Civilization V... What are the other games? Well there's a bit of HoMM (yup, heroes.) and Majesty (models + the awesome voice of our advisor). 3 out of 6 best strategy games I've ever played.
So basically, they made a strategy game, based on the best fantasy (or not) strategy games. How it went? It's really sad, that the game isn't so well known as Civilization V, because its great. I think not everyone like's fantasy theme. But if you do, just get it, its flawless!