Triumph does well in adding plenty of content and fun to their already great strategy series.
No, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic isn't radically different from Age of Wonders II. It's still the same game with the same style of gameplay. For that matter, its still pretty much like the original Age of Wonders. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun. I still like this franchise a whole lot, even if it is similar to many of the other ones and I think it's plenty worthy of a look. There's lots of new stuff to play with, many new units, many new spells, plenty of campaign scenarios, single scenarios, and a random map generator that actually works like it's supposed to. If you're still looking for something really different, look elsewhere, but if you're a turn-based strategy fan, especially of those games in the fantasy genre, you shouldn't be disappointed with Triumph's latest.
The new tutorial is great. The manual is good except it's missing appendices somehow...
While the animations aren't always the best, the art is still really fun. Everything is colorful and crisp and entertaining.
Sound is still as good as it ever was.
The additions may not be ground breaking, but they add enough interest to make a good game better.
Lasting Appeal (9/10)
The newly added random map generator will make sure you'll be spending hours and hours glued to your computer.