Way back in the days of the 16-bit Revolution, I would walk down to the four-way and rent games for my Sega system. One of the ones I stumbled across was a cartridge called “King’s Bounty”. It had a instruction manual that was as thick as a phonebook. For a Sega game! I mean, I was used to “press this button to jump, that one to shoot”.
Well, it was amazing. It had castle building and army building and combat. I stocked up an army with nothing but archers and suffered a morale problem because elves and trolls were in the same army. I played until the week was up and took it back and thought little of the game again until a few years later when Heroes of Might and Magic came out. “Playable on Windows 95” they said. Huh. My computer had Windows 95 on it! And I already beat Doom! And Myst!
I picked it up and loaded it up and, oh my god, it was an updated version of King’s Bounty. They had castle building and army building and all of the stuff I remembered except with cutting edge graphics! Playable on Win95!
A year later, I asked for Heroes of Might and Magic II for Christmas and I got it… and, to date, I think that that remains the game into which I have poured the most hours. It’s the game I showed Maribou when she first came out to Colorado to visit, as a matter of fact.
Heroes III came out within a few months of our getting married. That was a game that made us fight over the computer.
We’ve played Heroes IV and Heroes V (and *ALL* of the expansions) and today I saw that Might and Magic is having its 25th anniversary… which means that Heroes is having its 15th.
Now, this isn’t a post about feeling old, as much as one announcing that Heroes VI is coming out come September… and there’s a tribute video celebrating 25 years of Might and Magic.