Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic

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Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic cover
Triumph Studios
Retail Gathering of Developers
Digital Triumph Studios
Release dates
Windows July 25, 2003
Metacritic 82
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres 4X, Strategy, TBS
Themes Fantasy
Series Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic on HowLongToBeat
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic on IGDB
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic on MobyGames
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic on Wikipedia
Age of Wonders
Age of Wonders 1999
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne 2002
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 2003
Age of Wonders III 2014
Age of Wonders: Planetfall 2019

General information

Official Website Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Age of Wonders 2 Heaven with Shadow Magic as well.


Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Set in launcher[citation needed]
  1. Open the launcher.
  2. Uncheck the box labelled "Show Intro".
  3. Press OK.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/61520/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/61520/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Hot seat
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer
Play by Email

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't run game in fullscreen on later versions of Windows[edit]

This problem shows up as Window being the only display option available.
  • In AoWSMSetup.exe compatibility properties enable "Reduced color mode" and set it to "16-bit (65536) color".


Shaders don't work in Windowed mode[edit]

This problem has numerous effects, such as:
Red overlay that indicates areas pioneers can't build an outpost doesn't appear.
Red overlay that indicates targets that are out of range doesn't appear.
Zoom level is stuck at 100% and can't be changed.
Bloom effect around lights is not present.
  1. Install dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Open dgVoodoo.conf and edit the following lines to say the following: FullScreenMode = false,ScalingMode = centered,WindowedAttributes = Borderless and AppControlledScreenMode = false.
  3. Open Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic Setup (AoWSMSetup.exe) and change the Display Mode option to your monitor's resolution. Also make sure that Use Direct3D is enabled.

Install dgVoodoo 2[edit]

dgVoodoo 2 translates DirectX 8 and earlier calls to DirectX 11, as well as providing options to manipulate a game's graphics and window.
The above fixes were tested with version
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2 from here:
  2. Open the archive you downloaded and extract dgVoodoo.conf and dgVoodooCpl.exe to the game's installation directory.
  3. Open the MS folder inside the archive and extract the 3 DLLs to the game's installation directory.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
DirectDraw 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/61520/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (61520) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).