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Warlords II Deluxe

DOS - 1995

Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme Fantasy, RPG Elements, Turn-based, Wargame
Publisher Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd.
Developer Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.59 / 5 - 63 votes

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Warlords II Deluxe is a great game. Its limited release as compared to Warlords I, Warlords II standard, and the modern Warlords III make it a real underdog.

Warlords II Deluxe (WL2D from here on) is not a sophisticated wargame, in fact it feels like a bit of a "hack" which has expanded beyond its wildest dreams, and perhaps its ace is the included scenario builder and designer. This allows your imagination to run wild with graphics, unit types and worlds to fight in, something many other games are less able to do, if at all. A "library manager" lets you ship scenario sets around easily (which in turn are made up of city sets, army sets and terrain sets). The sounds are OK, but nothing special; the background music is a good catchy battle tune, but possibly a bit repetitive. The occasional digitized speech from your military advisor is cool.

The computer opponent is not too clever. He'll send his hero out early to search ruins to gather relics and gold, but leaves himself open to ambush all too easily. However, while a single opponent is just about competent, fighting against up to 7 other sides makes the game rather trickier, especially if you beef their power up to "Warlord (enhanced)" and declare all out war on all of them before you start. The computer AI will attack poorly defended cities without mercy.

Diplomacy is included, and is a little erratic at times, but it's a handy option. I imagine this comes into its own when you're up against a human opponent or two (with possibly some computer players thrown into the pot). A side if doing badly will offer surrender - if you refuse you must eradicate them completely. I've had some success with diplomacy, but as in the end you're out to kill and maim everyone, any agreements are likely to be temporary.

A fun element is the building up of heroes. Normal units can get bonuses with time, like +1 STR medals, or +1 STR blessings, but heroes get experience and levels to raise what stats they have. They can collect relics (which only heroes can carry) which give combat and movement bonuses, or other nice effects like +4 gold per city per turn.

Ultimately, this game is great fun and addictive. Try the Tolkien Scenarios, try the Arthurian one, the Shogun one, etc etc etc. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

KC 2019-11-24 -1 point

I have downloaded the (full) ISO version of this game, DosBox states it contains NO DOS programs, so I can not load it. What is a ISO "light version"? Probably stripped to the bones. 47 MB compared to 559 MB? There has to be a lot of shit missing. So why bother? Find this game elsewhere.

warrior of the world 2019-06-05 3 points

the best dos strategy game. the deluxe version is my favorite today.

BB King 2019-01-01 3 points

I downloaded the Warlord 2 de luxe, how do I get it to work

RodentDung 2018-11-17 1 point

Warlords II deluxe is one of the best computers ever made. The atmosphere, music and gameplay is so fun and so cool. I love the big warlord that shows up occasionally to comment on my progress. If you can't get the music to work, just search for it on Youtube and play that in the background.

If you play single player you should try "I am the best" mode and see how long you can survive the ruthless enemy attacks, and if possible, try playing hotseat with a friend plus AI opponents added in for some great fun. The next game Warlords III is just as awesome or even better and has 2 games: Reign of Heroes and Dark Lords Rising.

pixel 2017-03-23 0 point

this is a great game

Anonymous Helper 2016-06-13 2 points

If you are having problems to get the sound working with Dosbox you might want to create a file called "SOUND.DAT" inside the games directory and place this line inside:


If you are using D-fend just setup the game using the wizzard and choose all the default settings for the soundcard setup. This should be all you need to do to enjoy the good old sound. Enjoy the game!

0gre 2015-10-06 1 point

You can run full screen by hitting alt-enter.

I have had occasional crashes of this game, so save every turn fellow gamers!

Matt 2015-01-21 -4 points DOS version

New to using dosbox -- it only uses about 1/8th of my screen -- any way to get it to full screen mode? The sound and game loaded fine, but I can't really see what i'm doing.

gniewko 2015-01-16 1 point DOS version

thank you so much for your precious tipps! running with sound! :)

mefirst 2014-12-28 1 point DOS version

I just love it! Played it years ago and I´m thrilled that I can play it again on my W7-computer. Thank you so much!

warlord 2014-11-30 0 point DOS version

to get the sound run the installer and follow your nose to set the sounds to sound blaster.

Muhammad 2014-11-27 1 point DOS version

Run INSTALL.EXE and set music and sound FX cards to "Sound Blaster" if using DOSBox

louie 2014-11-11 0 point DOS version

Hey How do you install it? I get to the installation screen but the instal button is faded out :l

StillHere 2013-11-04 0 point DOS version

I love this game.. It's a series.. Warlords and Warlords Battlecry..

Kent 2013-10-24 0 point DOS version

Would really like this game redone for todays computers

Valghern 2013-09-04 1 point DOS version

I am download DOSbox and D-Fend Reloaded - game works, but without sound! What should I do? PS. I'm sorry for my English, but I'm from Poland.

chua 2013-06-20 0 point DOS version
down dosbox
run game in dosbox

chua 2013-06-20 0 point DOS version

i can not play on win xp!

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