• Publisher: 3DO
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2002
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. HOMM4 will infect you with what I like to call the "Turn Based Sickness." Symptoms include loss of temporal perception and inability to perform other functions (including bodily) until "just one more turn" has been completed.
  2. The title takes everything that has ever been great about the series and elevates it to the next level. The changes revitalize the Heroes formula and provide more strategic gameplay than the series has ever offered.
  3. HMM4 present a great combination of the old addictive gameplay, a new spell, combat and hero system and perfectly designed 2D isometric (the so-called 2½D) graphics, inspiring music and magical atmosphere which kept me glued to the screen constantly for thirty hours until I finished the first of the ten campaigns.
  4. Frankly, this game is heroin to its fans. Though seemingly simple, its complex depth will lead to many lost hours.
  5. 90
    If you liked the first three games in the series, you’re going to love Heroes of Might and Magic IV.
  6. With tons of new features and careful attention given to the original formula, the series remains one of the best in the genre.
  7. It's really to New World Computing's credit that the developer was able to incorporate so many new and interesting features into this sequel while still making sure it kept all the core elements that made all the previous games so great.
  8. A well-tuned engine firing on all cylinders. [June 2002, p.84]
  9. 87
    The great balance and fabulous background of the game are simply outstanding.
  10. It took 3 years but it was worth the wait.
  11. While I don’t think Heroes of Might and Magic IV is as good as "Heroes of Might and Magic III," it’s a game you can easily spend a month on, and there is enough variety in the game for it to be an entertaining month.
  12. 84
    It plays almost like a new game, but with soothing familiarity that fans of the series will no doubt appreciate.
  13. It is clear what each building and item does once you are familiar with them. If you ever forget, right clicking over anything on the world map gives a brief description. Did I mention how much I enjoy this feature?
  14. The game is chock full of innovations, yet retains the addictive play of its predecessors.
  15. The spark might be there, but it doesn’t burn as bright as it has in the past.
  16. An engaging turn-based strategy game that manages to retain the overall feel and flavor of the series while being distinct from its brethren. [Jan 2002, p.68]
  17. What it lacks is the elegance of the original design.
  18. The new combat system is an almost unmitigated disaster. [July 2002, p.73]
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 157 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    I understand those who say this game isn't a good HoMM (too much changes, I guess), although I disagree this opinion, but you cannot refuse Heroes IV is a wonderful game. The gameplay is addictive, the graphics are beautiful and the soundtrack is gorgeous. HoMM IV probably is the game I have played for most time. And this means hundreds of hours thinking "just one turn more". For me, it has a lovely world such as Heroes II and a gameplay improved over the Heroes III standard with many changes. Some wrong, yes, but most are positive. In a nutshell, Heroes IV is one of the best games I have had the joy of playing, I really love it, this game will suck you in the wonderful world of Axeoth, full of stories and mysteries. Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2011
    7
    It has some very cool features, but it lacks in good combat. Luckily, to make it up, there are completely different strategies, and you need to adapt to them. Worth it if you are looking for something different from HoMM3. Full Review »
  3. Jun 3, 2011
    8
    I really dont get why people say its the worst game in the series. Personally i think its almost as good as HoMM 2 or 3. Guess its that people didnt like all the new concepts like moving units without a Hero, and having Hero fighting in combat. I think it worked good, people just hate changes. Full Review »