While retailers are offering game discounts left and right with Amazon Prime Day on the horizon, nothing beats free, and PC game Age of Wonders III is free to claim at Steam now until Monday, July 15. Once you add the game to your account, it’ll be yours to keep, so if you’re even remotely interested, you might as well grab it now. At full price, it sells for $30.
Age of Wonders III is a 4X turn-based strategy game with a high-fantasy fictional setting. A mix of empire-building, role-playing, and warfare, Age of Wonders III places you in the role of a ruler (with six different RPG-style leader classes, such as sorcerer and rogue) to explore the world map, negotiate with and battle other empires, build and improve your own civilization, and more. The latest game in the series, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, actually releases in just a few weeks on August 6, so this is a good chance to give the series a try if you’ve never played it. Plus, all DLC for Age of Wonders III is also 50% off right now.
The game earned a 7/10 in GameSpot’s Age of Wonders III review for its enjoyable tactical combat, streamlined empire management, and balanced randomization.
“Age of Wonders III is a well-crafted strategy game that doesn’t let itself get bogged down in needless busywork. It pushes your focus onto its strongest suit, the battlefield while keeping everything else in the background,” wrote critic Maxwell McGee. “Some smart elements of randomness help keep you on your toes after multiple sessions, though you will find several go-to strategies still apply regardless of the sort of army you lead. Age of Wonders III is the welcome return of a long-absent strategy series and a tactically rewarding game.”