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Heroes of Might and Magic II

Available Platform: DOS - Alias: Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars

Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars is a tactical turn-based strategy game developed by New World Computing.


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Publisher3DO Company The
DeveloperNew World Computing
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated19 April 2024

Game Review

Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars is a tactical turn-based strategy game developed by New World Computing. It was published by The 3DO Company in 1996. Although the title was initially intended for DOS, it also had its versions in Windows and Mac OS.

The person in charge of bringing this game to life was the American director, designer, and producer Jon Van Caneghem, who also founded the company. The game is the sequel to Heroes of Might and Magic and, despite being unrelated, it is set in the same universe as the Might and Magic saga.

The story of the title continues with the canonical ending of its predecessor, which culminated in Lord Morglin Ironfist's victory. After a prosperous reign followed by his death, the throne is disputed between his two sons, Roland and Archibald. After Roland's exile, planned by his brother, Archibald proclaims himself as the new king. Roland assembles a resistance to end with his empire and reach power.

The game features two campaigns, one led by the opposition (which is canonical) and the other by the royalty. The way the adventure progresses remains the same. The player must build a kingdom, continually improve it, obtain resources, and train soldiers and be prepared to stop an enemy attack. Likewise, the ultimate goal is still to find the opponent's castle and conquer it.

Similarly, this new installment changes many aspects from its predecessor. Firstly, throughout the campaign, different decisions are made by the player. This will slightly alter the history and lead to changes in the missions that are faced according to the chosen scenario. All of this brings a very high level of repetition in which the player is encouraged to start the same campaign again. Another addition to the franchise was the possibility of improving structures, which allows the appearance of several enhanced troops at the player's disposal. Besides the four existing classes of heroes, we now have the Necromancer and the Wizard. All six types of heroes also received improvements: they now have different secondary skills that distinguish them from each other more and more as the game progresses.

The graphic part of the adventure is one of its highlights. The colors are very vivid and stand out at all times. Each character is drawn in a very distinctive way. Their colors are designed so that they do not blend into an environment that is already striking. Although there are some arid areas with a predominance of brown, forests and lakes are an essential part of the game, giving a fundamental role to green and blue.

Paul Romero, Rob King, and Steve Baca were the composers of this entry. The work they did with the sound was excellent, giving the adventure epic music for the combats, intriguing for the exploration, and very well achieved sound effects. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the soundtrack has the inclusion of the opera as a novelty, taking it to a whole new level.

The reviews for Heroes of Might and Magic II were excellent. In a consensus of both fans and critics, this entry was the one that elevated the saga as a cult game. Also, it was agreed that in terms of gameplay, graphics, and music, it vastly surpassed its predecessor.

With seven installations and countless expansions and variations of each, Heroes of Might and Magic II is a title that no RPG fan should miss. If you want to get to know the game that paved the way for the franchise and at the same time is considered the best of them all, this is your chance! With a few clicks, you can start playing it!

Review by: Gustavo
Published: 7 June 2020 10:41 pm

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Latest Comments

  • Cody Martin - 2021-03-18 - Reply

    The game literally locked me out of my own computer. If I log back in, it takes me straight to the main menu. I can’t access anything else but this game, and no matter what I do to exit the game, it brings me straight back in without me doing so.

  • Michael Gib - 2020-09-25 - Reply

    Is there a way to SAVE a campaign mode and actually come back to it? I have not been able to figure that out.

    Otherwise it has been downloaded well.

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