What is Heroes of Might and Magic III?
Heroes of Might and Magic III is the third installment in Jon Van Caneghem's popular Heroes of Might and Magic series.
The original game, Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest, came out in 1995 and was widely acclaimed for its groundbreaking gameplay and mechanics.
The game was turn-based similar to chess. You move your "pieces" or heroes around the map to gather resources, vanquish independent armies, attack opposing heroes, to scoop up artifacts and to protect and besiege towns.
The game revolved around you protecting and upgrading your town and capturing neighboring towns by gathering resources and expanding your army.
You had several win conditions such as capturing all enemy towns, accumulating a certain amount of gold or finding a particular artifact.
The story revolved around the story of Lord Ironfist and his quest to establish a kingdom in Enroth.
Heroes of Might and Magic had a level of depth not found in many games during the time.
The second installment introduced better graphics as well as two new town classes. This installment focused on Lord Ironfist's two sons - Roland and Archibald and the civil was that ensued because of their claim to the throne.
The third installment has eight factions and focuses on the adventures of Roland's wife Catherine and her attempts to defend her father's kingdom Erathia from its neighbors.
The game boasts of eight unique classes, each with its own heroes, structures and creatures. To add to this is a compelling story mode has seven playable campaigns.
The game was developed by Jon Van Caneghem through New World Computing and published by 3DO in 1999.