Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. With its highly varied gameplay, mesmerizing atmosphere, gorgeous soundtrack and overall polish, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is a hypnotizing game so absorbing that it made the world around me dissolve away.
  2. SM's grandest new feature is its random map generator. It works, it's terrific, and as much as I wish I could grouse about it so I don't come off as a fanboy, I can't. [Oct 2003, p.100]
  3. Probably the pinnacle of turn-based strategy titles to date.
  4. The amount of additional features, characters, and units, is so impressive we don't have the space to get into the details. Suffice it to say, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic displays a commendable variety of content that brought the franchise to new heights and effectively improved upon the excellent gameplay of the previous title.
  5. A perfect place to jump into the Age of Wonders series. It's "Age of Wonders II," only sporting a few refinements and a lot of extra content.
  6. The largest maps, which have three different levels of land, can provide dozens of hours of gameplay. [Nov 2003, p.128]
  7. Despite the recycled graphics engine and undulating difficulty, Shadow Magic offers outstanding gameplay with unlimited playability in a variety of gameplay modes.
  8. Shadow Magic carries on the Age of Wonders series' tradition of fine turn-based strategy gameplay, and the changes introduced by the game should please both Age of Wonders veterans and gamers new to the series.
  9. Does a great job of improving on its predecessor's shortcomings and offering deeper, more-balanced gameplay.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    The best turn based strategy imho. So many races,creatures,spells its unreal. Combat is deep and tactical. Graphics are nice, music is just awesome.

    10/10 as far as i am concerned. And the best thing? Age of Wonders 3 is coming this year :D
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  2. Aug 7, 2013
    Anyone who likes strategy games will love this game. There is also a interesting story involving strang and terrorfying shadow-creatures from a evil realm. the gameplay is great and I love turn-based strategt games like this and if you like the sound of this you should get it Full Review »
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    Great Game!
    I'm still playing it ten years after its release by email with some guys at Age of Wonders Heaven Forum.
    Very fun to play with
    friends or even the against AI can be amusing, although unofficial mods are needed to make them smarter/stronger, if you know the game well. Full Review »