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5 out of 5
An impressive strategic game
Age of Wonders is a strategy game released in 1999 by Gathering of Developers. Well, this gathering made a pretty good job with this game, which is the first of the series that contain Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne
and Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic
. The gameplay presents 12 races (each with their personal characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses, and also with their own leaders and scenarios), and you have enormous maps with subterranean sections, which can be expanded or edited whatever you want. Keep in mind that not all races are available to play. There is one single-player campaign, and the interrelation between cities are rigorous. Elves, Lizardmen, Humans, Goblins, Dark Elves, Undead, Orcs, Dwarves and Halflings are traditional races, and Frostlings, Azracs, and Highmen are unparalleled races. Also, the game includes hideouts with preys, belonging to creatures, such as dragons or giant monsters. The graphics are represented by a captivating interface, by amazing patterns and great details, accompanied by the beautiful and harmonious music. The magic aspect is based on casting spells which produce impressive effects upon the strategic map. Basically, the main objectives of the game are the assertion of resources, driving wars with the opponents, creating armies, and exploration of the maps. Sounds good, right? Well, try Age of Wonders, a game that will be a pleasant surprise among fans of the genre.