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.
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!
Great Game!mathcat | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all mathcat's reviews »
A fantastic game. This game is fun and very addicting. It is just like Sid Meier's Civ 5 but with magic and skeletons and sorcerers. It is not an easy game but is still really fun. It is completely turn based and not very fast paced. Although it still gets your heart pumping when you are in battle. Magnificent game with good graphics. The only bad thing i have seen is that it is a bit laggy.
Looks like a Magical Fantasy Civilization Clonemomoster69 | Sept. 8, 2013 | See all momoster69's reviews »
just as the title of this review, its is kind of a simpler version of Civilization, nice and relaxing and could alot of quality of hours playing this game, i only recommend this game if your into straggly based games with alittle bit of magic
Good game on its ownDemilisz | June 20, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
At first, second and even third sight it may looks like Civilization V clone with fantasy setting. In some way it is - graphics are similiar, some of the mechanics also. Even combat system are the same. But Warlock has some twists that defends this game. The most important - this game is more about conquer than management. While Civilization focus on managing your cities and growing empire, Warlock focuses on building empire that allows to build an army capable of conquering whole map.
Unlike i Civilization series, here buildings must be placed on hex. And that means each city can have a very limited number of buildings. Because of this you must plan a role for city from the start. Because more advanced buildings requires others to be build first the decisions may be tough. Especially for military cities - the most advanced units demands a lot.
There is no technological tree - instead you research a new spells. sometimes a hero will pop out and join your cause or you find a magic artifact. As you explore the map you will meet other warlocks and clash with them or contrary - make (fragile) alliances.
all in all - a solid, enjoyable turn based strategy.