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Last Updated: June 22nd, 2011

Fans of the Heroes of Might and Magic series, you may want to sit down for this one. Mere months after so successfully porting the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 (HOMM2) game engine to Android (see our review), the very same developer, a brilliant man by the name of pelya, now managed to do the same with the Heroes of Might and Magic 3 engine, dubbed VCMI.

Just like with the previous port, VCMI requires original game files to play, which I'm anxiously scrambling to dig up around the house right now. Alternatively, you can purchase the full HOMM3 game at GOG.com for $9.99 and dive right in.

If you're not familiar with the VCMI project, it's an open source effort to rewrite the entire HOMM3 game engine, compatible with existing graphics, maps, spells, heroes, towns, etc. It seems to be pretty feature-rich, though certain things, like campaigns, are still not supported (they weren't in the HOMM2 port either). The engine VCMI creators set out to rewrite was actually HOMM3: WoG (In the Wake of Gods), probably the most serious fan-made expansion to the original HOMM3, which most notably added support for an advanced map editor, and, therefore, more flexible maps.

But enough chitchat - I know many of you have been waiting for a Heroes 3 Android port for a long time, so jump to the screenshots, then grab your full copy of the game and follow the installation instructions the developer provided below.

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Free engine to run Heroes of Might and Magic 3 game.
Requires original game data files to run, large 800x480 screen, 256 Mb RAM and fast CPU.

To launch it:

- Launch VCMI once, it will create directory on SD card and exit

- Install Heroes 3: Complete, or Heroes 3: Shadow of Death on your PC (English version only, Russian not supported, you may buy it from http://gog.com )

- Install free Wake of Gods addon, from http://www.maps4heroes.com/heroes3/files/allinone_358f.zip

- Copy all game files to your SD card to directory app-data/eu.vcmi

- Launch VCMI again. If it won't run install aLogcat app from Market, and check it's output - most probably VCMI is missing some file.

- I WILL NOT provide any support, if you need help go ask at http://vcmi.eu or http://4pda.ru

- VCMI requires large screen, if you'll launch it on Spica or X10 Mini - it's your fault, so don't complain.

If you install and run VCMI, feel free to share your experience, comments, and critique down below - the author of the port will be checking up on this post shortly.

Update: The game was taken down for about a week to fix some critical crash bugs, but as of 6/22/11, it's back!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • sergiu

    dude.. this is full and complete nerdgasm. Can't wait to play with it!

  • sfsdfsdf

    VCMI isn't perfect but slowly is being worked on, still no AI therefore only hotseat gameplay is available (multiplayer hotseat on android oomg!) but aweomse thanks for peyla for releasing it on Market.
    I suggest everyone give it 5 starts to encourage further work! (first there's already new VCMI version not yet ported) ...

    and it happens that I have HOMM3 on GoG.com, omg fap fap fap cannot wait to see it full working version one day

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      So are you saying there's no single player then? Only multiplayer on the same device?

      • sfsdfsdf

        kind of ... you cannot play against AI only against yourself at the moment from what I read

        * and fixing my error, this release is based on latest VCMI released 1st June

  • sansenoy

    Man, who cares, King's Bounty (the amazing russian remake, not the old bones) is the stuff of legends, HOMM is way too complex for a mobile device... I've actually bought a Heroes remake for my old ipod, called PalmHeroes (i guess it's a palm game as well), it's really too fiddly... Give us Armored Princess already!!!

  • Snail

    All over the screen. All over it

  • Zhico

    It's not on the marked anymore, how can i install this :'(

  • pat

    yeah fix the links, it seems pelya removed it due to lots of crashing, but I would appreciate any updates on this . Thanks website!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Update: The game was taken down for about a week to fix some critical crash bugs, but as of 6/22/11, it's back!

  • Scott olyer

    Quick question. It states you need a large screen to run this. Is the relatively large tb screen good or are you talking about tablet sized?

  • Facrial

    Screen size less than 4 inches = forget about it.

    Screen size 4 - 7 inches = hard to play, but playable, sometimes can't read in game text.

    Screen size above 7 inches = GOOD GAMING EXPERIENCE.

    It's best to play on tablets, cuz of the font size.

    • Alicia

      Who needs to read the text, I have it all memorized since childhood.

      • Hitman22

        +1

        • derp

          +2

  • M Kowalski214

    anyone know if this will run on a tablet? a motorola xoom perhaps?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, and tablet experience is a lot better than phone too.

  • qrono

    Quite good. I can play and save but when I try to load the application crash. I'm using a sgs2 with aokp/cm rom

  • http://www.facebook.com/mermaid1584 Jennifer Wheaton

    Will this work on a kindle fire?

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.scarab Max Jones

    Single player or multiplayer? Ai working yet for single player?

  • Reda Jabbare
  • http://celr2010.blogspot.com/ Charles Rachor

    The only thing that sucks is the AI is slow when it's not the player's turn, but other than that, it's awesome.