Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Great and clean turn-based strategy fun with an exciting plot, loads of realms to explore, spells to use, and enemies to ice.
  2. It's one of those games you can start playing one evening, and then the next time you look up it's three in the morning.
  3. There’s a big list of spells, many details to track, loads of different units to recruit, train, and summon, a good level of challenge, an interface that doesn’t get in the way of playing the game, and a very intriguing end-game sequence.
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    Casts a massively powerful spell of gaming joy, and it's one you can't resist. [Sept 2002, p.76]
  5. Computer Gaming World
    AOW2 effectively straddles that fine line between hands-on control and micromanagement busywork. [Sept 2002, p.86]
  6. It is the perfect, ready for anything, prepared like a boy scout, jack of all trades, but master of none video game.
  7. Game Informer
    A terrific way to spend a lazy afternoon. [August 2002, p.89]
  8. When I finished the campaign, it was with a sense of relief that I could move on to something else.
  9. 80
    AoW2 has the “just one more turn” quality common to many great turn-based games like "Civilization" and "Master of Orion."
  10. The sheer variety of units and maps alone make for a wide variety of strategic approaches - unlike some games you can not rely on the same basic strategy while mowing your way through the scenarios.
  11. Though it may seem difficult for beginners, Age of Wonders II sounds good, looks great, plays terrific, and improves on every aspect of the original game.
  12. 89
    The massive amount of unit and race variety coupled with an aggressive (albeit at times quirky) AI, full editing capabilities, a boatload of spells, engaging combat, and rock-solid game mechanics make for a strategy game that is not only better than the original, but arguably the best turn-based strategy game released this year.
  13. 85
    A good game, and it'll be better after it gets patched -- but there simply isn't enough new stuff here to make you feel like you haven't already played this game before, and what new stuff there is (settlers, Domains), feel either tacked on or messy.
  14. PC Gamer
    Deep, classy, and fiercely addictive. [Sept 2002, p.86]
  15. With beautiful graphics, a smart AI, and a dragon’s hoard of replayability, Age of Wonders II is a winner.
  16. 90
    A balm for those left unchallenged and disappointed by "Heroes of Might & Magic IV" and those still thrilled by "Disciples II."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 52
  2. Negative: 4 out of 52
  1. [Anonymous]
    Aug 11, 2002
    Truly a fantastic spiritual successor to Master of Magic!
  2. AnonymousMC
    May 18, 2009
    It's a fine game. While some of the improvements made over the first game were really great in my opinion, others weren't, and theIt's a fine game. While some of the improvements made over the first game were really great in my opinion, others weren't, and the story - while still being ok for most of it - wasn't nearly as good as the first game's. What's really bad about this game is the atrociously poor AI which is WAY too easy to defeat and the clumsy interface. Full Review »
  3. AlbertoC.
    Jul 17, 2002
    I can say only a thing......fantastic.