Review: Age of Wonders III

Age of Wonders 3 is a turn-based strategy game that takes place in a beautiful fantasy world.

AoW3_GoldenRealms_Leader_AllieYour goal is to build up your army and conquer evil rulers throughout the realm. There are various quests that you can complete to help surrounding cities and towns and eventually lead to you absorbing them into your realm. You can send out scouts to discover new locations, battle enemies, and collect gold and resources.

The game is very strategic and slow-paced, and I don’t recommend playing it if you have things to do within an hour of your gaming session because this game will suck you in and consume your time.

 

AoW3_DLC2_YEmpire_QuestI had never played a turn-based game quite like this. The best description I could give you is that this game is a cross between Starcraft and X-Com.  When you do battle, you can choose to auto battle or control the battle manually, but to save time and brain power I spent most of my gaming sessions auto-battling.

There is a quite a learning curve to this type of game but if you are used to playing something like it you won’t have any issues. It took me about 30 minutes to figure out what I was doing and where all of the options were. Once I got into the game however it was amazing!

AoW3_GoldenRealms_TC_HalflingCityThere is an online portion of the game that I have not attempted quite yet and a trading card feature for those who enjoy that aspect of gaming.

The environments are crisp and beautiful and the voice acting is outstanding. It’s refreshing to play a game that is slower and more methodical, much like chess.

As I mentioned before, I am not prone to playing games like this because it’s unfamiliar territory to me, but after about two hours I was sold.

 

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Age of Wonders 3 is a game worth playing.

 

 

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Drew Koehler

Founder and writer for Geeks Under Grace. Christian, Husband, Father, Sailor and Geek!

1 Comment

  1. Casey Covel on September 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Wow, I might have to look into this one. Sounds a bit like Fire Emblem–a franchise I really enjoy.

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