Does Triumph's sequel deserve the Wizard's Throne?
Age of Wonders II is a good, solid game, and if you're new to the turn-based, fantasy strategy genre, you should have a lot of fun with it. But if you've been playing the handful of games that come out in this genre every year, you're going to be hit with a disappointing sense of d¿j¿ vu.
The interface is somewhat cluttered and hard to use, but there's a full manual plus a beginner's tutorial.
Sprites are packed too densely in some areas, making hitting the right hex a bit of a chore.
The sound effects are redundant, but a built-in MP3 player is a welcome touch.
Some dubious new elements don't add much to an otherwise formulaic, derivative design.
Lasting Appeal (9/10)
A random scenario generator would've been nice, but multiplayer and an editor give it some hard drive life.