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Might and Magic Heroes Online

Might and Magic Heroes Online is a free-to-play browser-based city building strategy game with MMORPG elements. The game is based on the widely popular Might and Magic franchise.

Publisher: Ubisoft
Playerbase: Medium
Type: Strategy RPG
Release Date: September 09, 2014
Pros: +Distinct turn-based combat system. +Fully-customizable armies. +Cooperative gameplay.
Cons: -Pay to win elements. -Dated graphics and gameplay. -Few classes.

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Overview

Might and Magic Heroes Online Overview

Might and Magic Heroes Online is a free-to-play browser game based on the widely popular Might and Magic franchise. Journey to Ashan, a world caught in the middle of a desperate bid for power between two opposing factions, Haven and Necropolis. Choose your allegiance, take control of your own town, and recruit a powerful army to bring honor and glory to your chosen faction on the battlefield. Use tactics and strategy along with a variety of unit types to outwit and outmaneuver NPCs and other players in classic turn-based combat.

Might and Magic Heroes Online Key Features:

  • Hero Customization personalize your hero by equipping them with items of might and magic.
  • Vast Fantasy Environments explore vast and breathtaking fantasy environments as you journey through a living, breathing fantasy realm.
  • Strategic Turn-Based Combat use the power of your mind to outsmart and outmaneuver your enemies on the battlefield.
  • Multiplayer Combatinvite your friends to fight alongside you and help you take down difficult opponents.

Might and Magic Heroes Online Screenshots

Might and Magic Heroes Online Featured Video

Classes

Might and Magic Heroes Online Classes

  • Havens Knight/Necropolis Death Knight – Heroes of Might gifted with strong physical damage, good physical defense, and can command huge armies.
  • Haven Cleric/Necropolis Necromancer – Heroes of Magic that use a variety of spells to deal damage to their enemies and can also perform multiple actions in a single round.

Full Review

Might and Magic Heroes Online Review

By Toan Layne

Might and Magic Heroes Online (MMHO) is a free-to-play fantasy-themed 2.5D browser-based MMORPG developed and published by Ubisoft, the third largest independent publisher of video games in the world. The game was officially released on September 09, 2014 and is the only browser-based game based on the Might and Magic franchise, a widely popular classic RPG game made for the PC.

MMHO combines elements of MMORPG's with tactical combat and city-building to create a fun and unique game that’s a breath of fresh air from the usual production-line browser-based MMORPG’s. Players take control of a Hero, choose their alliance from two rival factions, fight each other for glory, build their army to defend their kingdom, protect their borders, and bring peace back to the land.

The World of Might and Magic                                                                        

Before players start their journey through the mythical world of Ashan they first need to select their Faction and Hero class. Character creation is a simple process of choosing from two pre-made classes for each faction. Players can choose between two opposing factions: Haven, a Holy Empire under the protection of Elrath, the Dragon God of Light, or Necropolis, worshipers of the Death aspect of Asha, the Goddess and creator of all. Each faction offers a choice of two hero classes: Might, with strong physical attacks, and Magic, ranged spell users.

Upon arrival in Ashan players receive their first troops and immediately fight their first battle. This acts as a quick tutorial on the basics of the game’s turn-based combat system, including troop movement and attacking. After the short battle, a portal takes players to their respective starting cities depending on their faction. Players then go through another tutorial on the game’s city building aspect where players create their first towns and are walked through the process of building structures and recruiting troops.

The game features classic graphics similar to what players would expect to find in older Might and Magic games or other strategy games made for older systems like Windows XP or the Playstation. The graphics work well with the game’s turn-based combat system and even gives a kind of Diablo-ish vibe. Like most browser-based MMORPGs, the sounds are good but start to feel a bit repetitive the longer you play the game.

Going to Town

Like other city-building and strategy games, Towns in MMHO are where players recruit troops that they use in battle. Players can build and expand more than one Town in MMHO but only one Town per province can be built. To be able to build additional Towns, players must explore and discover additional provinces. Only the player can see and visit their towns and can’t be seen or attacked by other players. Towns are represented on the province map by a gate that players can click on to access their Towns.

The player’s first Town starts with the three main structures pre-built: the Town Hall, Dwellings, and the Garrison. Successive Towns, however, have to be built from scratch. The Town Hall controls the size of the player’s town since other buildings and structures can only be leveled up to the Town Hall’s level. Upgrading the Town Hall not only increases the level cap of other buildings but also unlocks additional building slots as well as new types of buildings. Players can also collect additional gold—the main game currency—from their Town Halls apart from the Gold that can be collected from Gold Mines.

Players also need to build Dwellings, where they can recruit fresh troops. Each unit type requires a specific type of dwelling to be built. However, only one dwelling can be built per town. Upgrading Dwellings increases unit capacity and reduces the time needed to recruit new units.

The Garrison is where players can customize their army. Players can change their unit composition depending on the situation of the enemy’s army. Players can keep any extra and unused units in the Garrison for later use. Upgrading the Garrison will increase the unit capacity that can be stored in it. Players can have up to six troop slots which can accommodate up to 150 units of the same type.

Worker’s Halls are buildings that house units that gather gold, metal, or wood around the province where the Town is located. Parts of the player's Province can be attacked and conquered by NPCs and must be regularly checked and freed if captured. Once a part of the province is captured, players won’t be able to collect resources produced by that province. The level of a player’s Worker’s Halls affects the building’s production time and storage capacity. While a player’s Town can’t be attacked by other players, the Worker’s Hall is a different story. A player’s Worker’s Halls can be seen and attacked by other players on the Province Map. Attacking another player rewards winners with additional resources while losers gain nothing.

Questing

MMHO offers two different types of quests: story quests and daily quests. Story quests move the story along and are different for each faction. They can only be done once throughout the game. Successfully completing Story quests unlocks new provinces and also rewards players with bounties like gold, equipment, and experience. Daily quests, on the other hand, can be done repeatedly and are found all over Ashan. Daily quests reward players with resources and experience points upon completion.

Call to Arms

Each faction in MMHO comes with its own type of Troops. They can, however, be classified into three basic groups: Core, Elite, and Champion troops. Core troops are basic units and the first unit type that players will have access to at the start of the game. They aren’t the strongest units but players are able to take a large number of these troops in battle. Elite units are more advanced troops that can deal greater damage to enemies. Lastly, Champions are unit types that possess both power and endurance. They can sustain high levels of damage while also dishing out their own. Players, however, can only have a handful of these units in their party.

Combat in MMHO is turn-based and happens in a grid-like battlefield similar to the earlier Might and Magic games and games like Final Fantasy Tactics. Each unit type can only move a set number of “steps” in a given direction. After moving, they can then attack an enemy within range or wait for the next turn to move again. The last army standing wins the match. During combat, players can continue to train units to provide them with reinforcements. Players can battle solo using their party or invite their friends to join in and help them out. Unit and Hero levels are also automatically adjusted in cooperative play to take into account the different player levels and give both teams equal footing.

Sudden Death

MMHO offers players a chance to test out their tactics against other players through PvP arena duels. Players battle each other for rankings in the PvP leagues and the bragging rights that come with it. The best players from the leagues receive valuable prizes at the end of each season which last for a month. Players are matched according to Hero level, equipment, the strength of their army, and the player’s PvP record. Unlike normal combat, players can’t train units during PvP matches. This prevents the match from dragging on for too long. PvP matches also go into Sudden Death Mode after a certain time has passed. The team with the most units after the time expires wins the match.

MMHO Cash Shop

Like most F2P games, MMHO features a cash shop where players can use real-world money to purchase equipment, potions, gold and Hero Seals. Hero Seals can be used to buy additional character slots, revive dead units, spy on enemy troops and much more. Spending real world-money allows players to progress faster through the game with a lot less effort. That being said, MMHO is still a strategy game and, in my opinion, premium items can give players advantage but when it comes down to it, skills, tactics, and strategy still play a big part in achieving victory.

The Final Verdict - Good

Might and Magic Heroes Online is a good addition to Ubisoft’s Might and Magic franchise. The game has a classical feel reminiscent of old Might and Magic games that will definitely appeal to fans of the franchise. In my opinion, the game’s turn-based tactical combat is the game’s best feature. This type of combat never gets old and is always good for at least a few hours of entertainment. Definitely a game worth trying out.

Screenshots

Might and Magic Heroes Online Screenshots

System Requirements

Might and Magic Heroes Online Requirements

Operating System: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Equivalent
Video Card: Any Graphics Card (Integrated works well too)
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Disk Space: 100 MB (Cache)

Might and Magic Heroes Online  is a browser based MMO and will run smoothly on practically any PC. The game was tested and works well on Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox and Chrome. Any modern web-browser should run the game smoothly.

Additional Info

Might and Magic Heroes Online Additional Information

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Blue Byte

Release Date: September 09, 2014

Development History / Background:

Might and Magic Heroes Online (MMHO) is a free-to-play fantasy-themed 2.5D browser-based MMORPG developed and published by Ubisoft, the third largest independent publisher of video games in the world. The game was officially released on September 09, 2014 and is the only browser-based game based on the Might and Magic franchise, a widely popular classic RPG game made for the PC.