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Metacritic: 86/100
Release: Jun 2002
Reviewed on: PC

Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne

Site Score
8.5
Good: Spells, unit and race variety – Multiple strategy paths
Bad: AI isn't perfect – Individual levels can take several hours
User Score
8.0
(6 votes)
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Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne builds on the adventure of the original Age of Wonders to deliver another solid mix of strategy and role playing with plenty of warfare in between.

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In this adventure players will join the elite ranks of an immortal wizards circle as you are tasked with restoring balance to the world which finds itself on the brink of a catastrophic collapse. It’s a reasonable lengthy campaign that spans 20 scenarios where you’ll command your troops and dictate the fate of this game world based on your decisions.

As a wizard there is a large part of gameplay revolving around the use of magic with Age of Wonders II including 7 different branches of magic to master. Combining this with a dozen races, over 100 units and countless combinations of heroes and item artefact there is no shortage of strategy experimentation.

Spells and races are particularly satisfying with some very unique spells to call on in the heat of battle such as raising the dead, summoning powerful creatures or improving your income dramatically. While the units assigned to each race create a very well defined personality. The way you’ll unlock these spells, units and even buildings is also well designed and borrows heavily from the likes of Heroes of Might of Magic.

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While the amount of choices rival that of the previous addition to the franchise there is slightly less room to realise this potential due to smaller tactical maps that battles take place on. This does mean that some gameplay elements are faster but it’s still not uncommon to have a single level last for several hours.

If you’re craving strong strategy gameplay with plenty of room to create your own playstyle and don’t mind some long hours or a high difficulty the second Age of Wonders adventure delivers it in troves.

Summary:

  • A dozen races with their own personality and units.
  • Command your wizard and choose from a huge collection of spells.
  • Follow through a fantasy filled adventure with hours of gameplay.
  • Map designs that will form part of your strategy.
  • The second game in the popular Age of Wonders series.

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Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne, 8.0 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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