‘Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes’ Goes Free for Xbox Gold Members in October

According to a Major Nelson blog post, “Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes” will be free to Xbox Gold members between October 1st and 15th, as part of the Microsoft’s Games With Gold program.

While “Clash of Heroes” is technically a prequel to “Heroes of Might and Magic V,” it doesn’t have all that much in common with Ubisoft’s wide-ranging medieval fantasy series.

The basic “Might and Magic” games were first-person role-playing games, while the popular “Heroes” off-shoots were more like strategy games. A third spin-off, “Dark Messiah of Might and Magic” was a first-person action game designed by Arkane Studios in 2006, before they hit pay dirt with “Dishonored.”

But, back to Capybara’s “Clash of Heroes”: it’s a turn-based strategy game combined with match-three puzzle mechanics and role-playing elements. Here an extremely basic example: lining up three or more Sylvan units will allow them to attack enemy forces a few turns later. It’s about planning and timing more than anything else, like a less random version of “Puzzle Quest.” You can kind of see how it works in this trailer:

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