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Heroes of Might and Magic II game engine fheroes2 v1.0.9 released
15 October 2023 at 9:27 am UTC

Quoting: TcheyQuite obvious for most, but each time i see a "good old game" (not GoG related i mean) i think : it’s amazing how good 2D >>> anything 3D, and manage to walk across the age without much trouble.

Heroes of Might and Magic 2 has gorgeous pixel art, made by professional artists. Details and quality are so high, that this game will be relevant for decades.

Heroes of Might and Magic II game engine fheroes2 v1.0.8 out now
25 September 2023 at 9:08 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: DMJCThey should take fheroes2, drop the code into a second repository and strip out all the Heroes 2 features to make an open source version of Heroes of Might and Magic 1. The engines are very similar, it's just Heroes 1 is a less refined version of Heroes 2.

Hi. These two games are absolutely different regarding the code.
Every single aspect is different in these games: creature characteristics and sprites, their sizes and the number of frames, different castle screens with different structures and their requirements. Battlefield with creatures on it is completely different. AI is also adapted for using only H2 artifacts, creatures, and map objects. UI is different regrading texts/icons alignment and the structure itself. A completely different spell system etc.
The only thing that could be borrowed is rendering principles and basic structure of the AI. But it still should be drastically reworked. The rest should be created from the scratch, as we did working on fheroes2 project.

Heroes of Might and Magic II recreation fheroes2 adds widescreen support
20 May 2023 at 12:33 pm UTC

Quoting: Cyril
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Quoting: hardpenguinHeck yes. Probably my favorite HoMM game.

Is it better than HoMM3? It looks better, but what about gameplay?

It's very similar, except units and factions are a bit different. Not as deep, no as balanced, but it has very good soundtrack and it's own rythm and design. Story is deliberatly cliché in a good way (voice acting pretty good in my language: french) I quite like it. I'm doing the backward way. Went from 3 to 2, and next I'm gonna purchase the first episode, and maybe 4 & 5 after :)

I played 3, 4 and 5, a lot, but at different times. I played only a little bit of the 2. I tried a bit the 6th, it was pretty bad though, but maybe I will give it another chance in the future. The 3 is still my favorite by far.
The 5 is pretty like the 3 but with "3D" graphics for me, so at the time I discovered it I though it was the perfect game for a time, but you know what it's like to try something new...
As for the 4... be prepared, as the gameplay have tons of changes compared to the 3... some hate it, some love it.

But I disagree on "It looks better", the 3 looks gorgeous to me. ^^ For me the 2 has nice graphics but it tell its age.

Heroes 2 has a gorgeous pixel art made by professional artists for NWC. Pixel art ages not so noticeably, comparing to 3d pre-rendered art of Heroes 3. It has its charm and animations are detailed and nice. Anyway, all Heroes 1-5 games look awesome.
Speaking of gameplay, Heroes 2 is not really different from later series. It has a few less skills, factions, artifacts but even experienced players of later series are enjoying HoMM2. The lack of content is going to be fixed in the upcoming fheroes2 expansion, which is planned to bring a bunch of new objects, creatures and game mechanics.

Heroes of Might and Magic II game engine recreation fheroes2 v0.9.8 out now
8 October 2021 at 4:55 am UTC

Quoting: WaywardOne667Does this work on Raspberry Pi OS?
Yes, it works.

Keeping the classic Heroes of Might and Magic II alive fheroes2 0.9.7 is out
10 September 2021 at 8:40 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: dlfAre there simple to follow instructions to install and play this .........?
We have full guide for installation here.

Heroes of Might and Magic II reimplementation sees a big AI improvement
8 July 2021 at 2:22 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: hardpenguinWait, what is this screenshot? Split screen? What, why?
It's just a screenshot combined of two.
Here you can notice extended path counter (in the original game it is limited by 4 days, but currently in fheroes2 you can plan your path up to 7 days)

If you love Heroes of Might and Magic II do check out this open source reimplementation
22 May 2021 at 10:40 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: CyrilI started with Heroes III on my side. But yesterday I seriously tried Heroes II with fheroes2, big map, hard mode, it run very well! Graphically it's another world, but after a while you get used to it, and even old it's still charming.
It's very interesting to see the differences between the two games thought, some things are bad, some are better.

Heroes of Might and Magic II is balanced in not obvious way, comparing to Heroes 3, where it was implemented mostly through creatures. In Heroes 2 there's an essential differences in movement speed of faction. (Also, I should note here, that heroes move not so fast over world map, comparing to H3, so movement distance is very important)
Also, Primary attributes have a greater influence on troops, so strength-specialized fractions can deal much more physical damage, over weak wizards.
Also, regarding special abilities of creatures... With the help of our open engine we will add description to every creature in game. Just give us some time to polish our engine.

If you love Heroes of Might and Magic II do check out this open source reimplementation
20 May 2021 at 8:59 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: CyrilWhat do you mean by "small quality of life improvements"? This game is perfect period.
No seriously, you mean like move all troops in one click? I play mostly with only one hero so...

There're dozens of places, where fans improved gameplay, making it more comfortable and enjoyable. (I'm talking about mostly UI)
Also, each game always has some flaws after release and can be improved in some gameplay aspects. Original HoMM game has them too, and I'm 100% sure you're abusing them. ) I'm not against fixing them and making game as it was supposed to be.

If you love Heroes of Might and Magic II do check out this open source reimplementation
20 May 2021 at 4:44 pm UTC

Quoting: ageresIs there a scaling option for high resolutions? Everything is so tiny...
Try F4.
Or for SDL2 you can stretch the window itself.
Also, try to prefer not extremely high resolution. Simple HD would be enough even for large screens.