Warlords II

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Warlords II
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Developer(s)Strategic Studies Group
Publisher(s)Strategic Studies Group
Producer(s)Gregor Whiley
Designer(s)Steve Fawkner
Roger Keating
Ian Trout
Gregor Whiley
Artist(s)Nick Stathopoulos
Composer(s)Steve Fawkner
Platform(s)DOS, Mac OS
Release1993 (DOS)
1994 (Mac)
Genre(s)Computer wargame, 4x
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Warlords II is computer wargame released in 1993, and the second release in the Warlords video game series.

An expansion pack, Warlords II Scenario Builder, was released in 1994. The updated version of the game, Warlords II Deluxe, was released in 1995. It allowed for custom tile, army and city sets for maps and provided support for 256 colours. Thanks to the publication of the editor, Warlords II Deluxe led to an increase of user-created content. Many new maps, army and terrain sets, and scenarios were distributed on the Internet for the game.[1]


Warlords II included five maps, although the later released mission pack increased the number. Another new feature was 'fog of war': optionally, enemy units or even the map could be concealed from players without units close enough to see them. The interface of the game was improved, as were the graphics (with additional unique city graphics for each different player). Moreover, the game featured multiple army, city, and terrain sets (still in 16 colours), play by e-mail as well as hot seat, and a random map generator and map editor.


Computer Gaming World in November 1993 stated that other than the lack of a better victory screen, "every other aspect of Warlord II is worthy of respect and admiration", praising the AI as "one of the finest on the market".[3] The magazine in July 1994 stated that Scenario Builder "succeeds even though it lets you look behind the curtain of one of the most engaging game systems on the market".[4] Rating the scenario editor four stars out of five, the magazine in August liked half of the 24 premade scenarios and concluded that it was "a terrific way to dabble in world creation".[5]

Warlords II was a runner-up for Computer Gaming World's Wargame of the Year award in June 1994, losing to Clash of Steel. The editors wrote that the game "takes the award-winning game system and enhances it with more and randomly generated maps, and more diversity in unit types. The AI presses SSG's approach to a new high in versatility and competitiveness".[6] However, it was named the best wargame of 1993 by Computer Games Strategy Plus.[7]

In 1996, Computer Gaming World declared Warlords II the 77th-best computer game ever released.[8]



  1. ^ Barnett, Glen (27 June 1995). "Warlords II frequently asked questions list". GameFAQs. GameSpot. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  2. ^ Brenesal, Barry (January 1994). "Warlords II". Electronic Entertainment (1): 116.
  3. ^ Dille, Ed (November 1993). "Art Thou A Worthy Opponent?". Computer Gaming World. pp. 186–188. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  4. ^ "These Just In". Now Playing. Computer Gaming World. July 1994. pp. 154–160.
  5. ^ Hayes, Robert L. Jr. (August 1994). "Just Add Slaughter". Computer Gaming World. pp. 104, 106.
  6. ^ "Announcing The New Premier Awards". Computer Gaming World. June 1994. pp. 51–58.
  7. ^ Bauman, Steve (November 2000). "A Decade of Gaming; Award Winners of 1993". Computer Games Magazine (120): 58.
  8. ^ Staff (November 1996). "150 Best (and 50 Worst) Games of All Time". Computer Gaming World. No. 148. pp. 63–65, 68, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88, 90, 94, 98.

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