My best computer games (1) OBLIVION
My best computer games (2) Baldur's Gate
My best computer games (3) Master of Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic (HoMM) series are turn-based strategy games. They originated from Might and Magic (M&M) series, a popular fantasy role-playing games. The original developer of M&M was bankrupted, so UBI Soft has succeeded its brand. HoMM7 will be released soon. I have tried all of HoMM series, and I think HoMM3 is the best.
Heroes of Might and Magic III wiki
In HoMM3, you command several heroes to conquer any opponents. Heroes can arrange a troop composed of several creatures. Each creature has various abilities, such as fire breath, energy drain, flying, and so on.
There is a total of nine factions in this game. It has been determined which creatures belongs to each faction. For example, you can recruit Spearmen, Archers, and Angels in "Castle." In "Dungeon", Medusae and Red Dragons are available. There is an argument which is the strongest faction. I think "Dungeon" and "Elemental Conflux" are the most powerful.
Some heroes can learn magic spells. Spells are divided into four schools; Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Heroes with a specialization skill can enhance the corresponding spells. Actually, earth school is much stronger than other schools, because "Resurrection" and "Town Portal" become extremely useful with Earth magic specializing skill.
HoMM3 can be played by multi-players. Unfortunately, I have not played this game with any human opponents. In a local rule, "Town Portal" spell is banned because of its excessive power. Single playing is also enough to enjoy for many hours.
HoMM3 is still available via GOG.com. The two expansion sets, "Shadow of Death" and "Almagedonn's Blade" are included. Recently, a high definition graphic version of HoMM3 was developed. This new version is sold in Steam. In addition, some voluntary players have developed unofficial modification software.
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD edition
HoMM3 is a little similar to Master of Magic, but more simple and easy to play.