Is Warlords III: Reign of Heroes the best video game ever to come out of Australia?
No. That accolade goes to Shadowrun by Beam Software in my opinion, but Warlords III is definitely still up there with the best of them.
I remember this coming at me like a bolt from the blue when I first played it back in 1997. I hadn’t played the first two Warlords games, and was quite surprised by just how good Warlords III was. Back then: the world was shaking to id Software’s Quake, and turn-based strategy games were starting to look rather old. But Warlords III bucked the trend and breathed new life into the genre, before fading back into obscurity again as the mediocrity of a tsunami of first-person shooters swamped the PC games market.
What I would say to anybody who likes tactical fantasy war games (and a nice challenge) is: have a look at Warlords III. The gameplay is simple enough to be fast and intuitive, and deep and varied enough to be addictive.
Warlords III: Reign of Heroes has stood the test of time rather well, considering the beardy-weirdy nature of the subject matter.