Dominions II Reviewed

January 2nd, 2004 by stpere has published a review of this new title available for Linux.

Overall we can heartily recommend Dominions II to anyone into “serious” strategy gaming. Replayability is infinite and the network option allows for solid group gaming. AI opponents provided a tough challenge that I was rarely able to beat.
– Chris Bergeron

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4 Responses to “Dominions II Reviewed”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    There is no stock available from TuxGames…

  2. simcon Says:

    I bought it from TuxGames before Christmas and I received it. I recommend playing through the tutorial on the Dominions forum; can’t remember the URL offhand. Due to the lack of a decent tuorial (if any) in the manual it’s easy to play it and miss the point of the game i.e. magic. I really like the medieval music although it could have done with more than the 2 or 3 tracks supplied as they ultimately become repetitive.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I was an avid Dominions 1 player, and found it to be, once one gets into it, one of the best strategy games I’ve ever played. It was tough and had excellent replay value, and I still wholeheartedly recommend it.

    However, I simply did not like Dominions 2.

    Dominions 2 plays basically the same way Dominions 1 plays. The main changes are that there is a 3d battle interface, there are more items, monsters, etc, and the user interface has been changed significantly. It is now much (in my opinion) more attractive, and it’s acctually possible to *see* the characters, which were about 10 pixels high before. (Note: characters *were* well-designed, but on a modern monitor, they’re extremely small).

    All that being said, here’s the big disadvantage — I find that I click more and play much more slowly with the new interface. (Also, I have to click an extra button each round). This may not seem like a big deal to some. There are hard-core strategy types who can happily play games lasting a year. However, *I* need the game, even if it lasts six hours or so, to keep moving. I don’t play this via email or anything, just single player. It’s terribly frusterating to watch the game slooooowly drag along.

    What I would have liked is the Dominions 1 interface with larger sprites and all the goodies from Dominions 2.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    This game is, simply put, great! I, too, fell in love with Dominions 1, but I think that form these two the second one is much better. And it’s not just the better graphics! While it’s not as fast to play DomII than it was to play Dom1, there is less micromanagement. The three big ones are research pool (as opposed to adjusting every mage separately), saving of commands (ctrl+number to save command queue while hovering mouse over it, number again to load it to a queue under the mouse. Works for spells too!) and monthly rituals (mage automagically casts spesific ritual spell every turn; this was forgotten from the manual, to get it, press shift+M and choose the spell you want). (But battle speed can’t be changed, and the speed of arrows is one of the complaints often told in the official forums.)
    Dom1 manual told the reader more spesifics about the working of the game, while Dom2 manual shows you every spell and item in the game while giving out less information about all those little facts that make the game lively.
    As an example, Succubus can try to Seduce a commander, if it fails, she tries to assasinate the unfortunate victim. Seduce doesn’t work against immobiles, non-living, huge creatures (giants or bigger), females, eunuchs etc. Seduce can be resisted if both moreale and magic resistance roll are made. If seduce succeeds, you get that commander under your control.
    There is no manual that can cover everything in this game so you HAVE to figure some things out on yourself (although it helps if you read the official forums). But all those things do make sense, in the game’s world if not in ours! Besides, you can change most things you don’t like if you care to do some modding… Or get someone to do it for you.

    If you ever loved Master of Magic, and hoped it had more creatures, races and spells, try Dominions II. It is not perfect, but it is very close…

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