Shadow Magic is the third incarnation of the Age of Wonders series, and is a direct sequel to Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne. All three games were developed by Triumph Studios, a Dutch game developer.
Wizards have a domain, which is the area in which the Wizard can cast his spells. When a wizard is inside a wizard's tower, the radius of his domain is increased by several hexagons, and in addition a small domain is radiated around each hero, so it is usually best to keep wizards inside a tower at all times. Every village, town and city can build a Wizard Tower, and the Wizard only has to be inside one Wizard Tower, the other towers will also increase his domain.
When a Hero dies, you can only bring it back by using the reanimate or resurrect spell. When using the reanimate spell, the Hero will return to your Wizard's Seat as an Undead hero.
Heroes can join you either by applying at one of your cities or parties, by being recruited at an Inn or similar building, or can be attained through the use of the "call hero" spell.
Cities come in four levels. The lowest level is the Outpost, which can only construct a Wooden Wall and the race's basic unit. The next stage, the Village, can build much more buildings. The other stages are Town and City. The stages differ in how fast they can build, and the income they generate.
|Tier||Type||Archons||Dwarves||Elves||Halflings||Syrons||Draconians||Frostlings||Humans||Nomads||Tigrans||Dark Elves||Goblins||Orcs||Shadow Demons||Undead|
|1||Basic||Militia||Axeman||Glade Runner||Peasant||Prospector||Hatchling||Snowscaper||Halberdier||Spearman||Shredder||Night Guard||Grunt||Impaler||Larva||Zombie|
|Range||Archer||Crossbowman||Archer||Slinger||Lightning Catcher||Flamer||Archer||Crossbowman||Horse Archer||Fire Cat||Archer||Darter||Archer||Bombard||Archer|
|2||Mystic||High Priest||High Priest||High Priest||High Priest||High Priest||Monk||Monk||Monk||Monk||Monk||Black Priest||Black Priest||Black Priest||Black Priest||Black Priest|
|Cavalry||Paladin||Boar Rider||Scout||Pony Rider||Rider||Slither||Raider||Light Cavalry||War Elephant||Cat Master||Executioner||Wolf Rider||Heavy Cavalry||Stag Mount||Death Knight|
|Specialist||Avenger||Engineer||Nymph||Rogue||Shadow Runner||Crusher||Frost Witch||Swashbuckler||Djinn||Prowler||Blade Dancer||Butcher||Abomination||Skimmer||Vampire|
|3||Unique Unit||Chariot||Mole||Iron Maiden||Sheriff||Giant Warrior||Flyer||Mammoth Rider||Knight||Chieftain||Manticore||Spider Queen||Big Beetle||Warlord||Harvester||Bone Horror|
|Unique Unit||Pegasus Rider||Runemaster||Druid||Eagle Rider||Changeling||Elder||Frostdrake Rider||Herbalist||Slaver||Mystic||Shade||Wyvern Rider||Shaman||Brain||Spectre|
|Expansion Unique||Saint||Gargoyle||Treeman||Centaur||Astral Sprite||Hydra||Yeti||Chaplain||Pit Guard||Beholder||Succubus||Troll||Doom Bats||Spirit||Necromancer|
|4||Ultimate||Titan||Steam Tank||Fairy Dragon||Leprechaun||Forceship||Red Dragon||Doom Wolf||Airship||Roc||Sphinx||Incarnate||Karagh||Glutton||Shadow Lord||Death Reaper|