Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest

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Heroes of Might and Magic:
A Strategic Quest
Heroes of Might and Magic box.jpg
PC box cover
Developer(s)New World Computing
Publisher(s)New World Computing
Designer(s)Jon Van Caneghem
Programmer(s)Phil Steinmeyer
Artist(s)Julia Ulano
Composer(s)Paul Romero
SeriesHeroes of Might and Magic
Platform(s)DOS, Windows, Mac OS
ReleaseAugust 31, 1995 (DOS)
February 1996 (Windows)
Genre(s)Turn-based strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest is a turn-based strategy game developed and published by New World Computing in 1995 for DOS. A spin-off of New World Computing's Might and Magic series of role-playing video games, the success of Heroes of Might and Magic led to a number of sequels.

In 1996, NWC released an updated version of the game, ported to Windows 95. This new version included a map editor, random map generator, CD audio, and new scenarios. As a bonus, King's Bounty was also included on the CD.[1]


Heroes of Might and Magic tells the story of Lord Morglin Ironfist, who is forced to flee his homeland through a magical portal, because his cousin, Ragnar, had usurped the throne after his uncle, Ragnar's father, killed Ironfist's father, the legitimate owner of the throne.

He finds himself along with his few followers in a strange and uncharted land, called Enroth. The land is unruled but contested by Ironfist and three other warlords: the barbarian Lord Slayer, the sorceress Queen Lamanda, and the warlock Lord Alamar.

In the canonical storyline, Lord Ironfist defeats his three opponents and founds a new kingdom in Enroth. It is possible for the player to lead the other factions to victory, however this is not reflected in the following games of the Heroes of Might and Magic series.


Heroes of Might and Magic takes place in a medieval fantasy world filled with creatures frequently associated with myth and legend. These creatures compose the military forces (troops) with which the player attempts to conquer opponents. The player leads generals through the game world at the head of armies of troops. These generals, called "heroes," provide a means to explore, attack, defeat, and acquire, the four basic principles in the game. The ultimate goal of the game is usually to capture all enemy castles and defeat all enemy heroes. However, the game comes with many different play scenarios, and some of these scenarios have unique victory conditions, such as accumulating a certain amount of gold, or finding a particular artifact.[citation needed]

There are four different classes of heroes and castles, each with their own units and strengths/weaknesses. The two "might" classes, Knight and Barbarian, earn skill points in attack or defense more often than in spell power or knowledge. The two "magic" classes, Sorceress and Warlock, earn skill points in spell power or knowledge more often than in attack or defense. There is also a neutral, "wandering" class of troops, including Rogues, Nomads, Ghosts (the only one that can not be hired) and Genies.[citation needed]


Review scores
CGW5/5 stars[3]
PC Gamer (US)88%[2]
MacUser4/5 stars[4]
Next Generation4/5 stars[5]
Electronic EntertainmentA[6]
Computer Game Review89/92/91[7]
Computer Gaming WorldStrategy Game of the Year (tied)[8]
PC Gamer USBest Strategy Game (nominated)[9]
Computer Games Strategy PlusBest Turn-Based Strategy Game (tied)[10]
Inside Mac GamesRole-Playing Game of the Year 1996[11]

By October 1997, the combined sales of Heroes of Might and Magic, Heroes II and the Price of Loyalty expansion had surpassed 500,000 copies.[12] The series as a whole sold 1.5 million copies by December 1999.[13]

A reviewer for Next Generation assessed that "Heroes of Might and Magic is part wargame, part adventure, and part sim. It seamlessly captures the best of all three genres, and presents the whole package with bright, colorful visuals." He further applauded the game for being "easy to learn, but difficult to master" and having great longevity. He scored it four out of five stars.[5] GameSpot rated the game's production values as somewhat below par, and regarded the story as being thin. Nonetheless, the game was complimented for its gameplay, and received a 7.5 out of 10 overall.[14] It received a Golden Triad Award from Computer Game Review.[15]

Heroes of Might and Magic was named 1995's best turn-based strategy game by Computer Games Strategy Plus—tied with Jagged Alliance—and best overall strategy title by Computer Game Review and Computer Gaming World, tied variously with Command & Conquer, Gazillionaire and Blood Bowl.[16][10][8] Similarly, PC Gamer US nominated Heroes for its 1995 "Best Strategy Game" award, although this prize went instead to Command & Conquer.[9] The editors of Computer Gaming World wrote, "Heroes will challenge you to think and plan, and it will reward you with hours of sheer pleasure. It is one of the most addictive games to come along in years."[8]

In 1996, Computer Gaming World declared Heroes of Might and Magic the 133th-best computer game ever released. The editors called it "a brilliantly balanced game of fantasy combat".[17]


  1. ^ George Ruof, programmer (1996-02-20). "Heroes of Might & Magic for Win 95 - When?". Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  2. ^ Gaskins, Ned (November 1995). "Heroes of Might & Magic". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on March 7, 2000.
  3. ^ Kapalka, Jason (December 1995). "May the Best Warlord Win". Computer Gaming World (137): 362, 364, 366.
  4. ^ Loyola, Roman (July 1997). "The Game Room". MacUser. Archived from the original on July 25, 2001.
  5. ^ a b "Heroes of Might and Magic". Next Generation. Imagine Media (12): 188. December 1995.
  6. ^ Brenesal, Barry (December 1995). "Heroes of Might & Magic". Electronic Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 18, 1996.
  7. ^ Snyder, Frank; Chapman, Ted; Kaiafas, Tasos (October 1995). "Heroic Efforts". Computer Game Review. Archived from the original on December 21, 1996.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ a b c Staff (June 1996). "The Computer Gaming World 1996 Premier Awards". Computer Gaming World (143): 55, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 67.
  9. ^ a b Editors of PC Gamer (March 1996). "The Year's Best Games". PC Gamer US. 3 (3): 64, 65, 67, 68, 71, 73–75.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ a b Staff (November 2000). "A Decade of Gaming; Award Winners of 1995". Computer Games Magazine (120): 56–58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 70–76.
  11. ^ IMG Staff (1997). "1996 Games of the Year". Inside Mac Games. 5 (2). Archived from the original on February 18, 1998.
  12. ^ Staff (October 30, 1997). "3DO in Flux". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on February 18, 1998.
  13. ^ "3DO Ships Heroes of Might and Magic(R) III for Macintosh(R)" (Press release). Redwood City, California: PR Newswire. December 21, 1999. Archived from the original on April 25, 2001.
  14. ^ Trent C. Ward (1996-05-01). "Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest for PC review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2016-03-29. Heroes of Might and Magic isn't spectacular, but it sure is fun.
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19961220191228fw_/http://www.nuke.com:80/cgr/reviews/archive.htm
  16. ^ Staff (April 1996). "CGR's Year in Review". Computer Game Review. Archived from the original on October 18, 1996.
  17. ^ Staff (November 1996). "150 Best (and 50 Worst) Games of All Time". Computer Gaming World (148): 63–65, 68, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88, 90, 94, 98.

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