Total Annihilation: Kingdoms + Iron Plague (1999)

About This Game

Massive armies will clash. Forests and cities will burn.
Tremendous magical forces will level entire castles in the blink of an eye.
Four immortal sibling monarchs are locked in a massive campaign to rule the land of Darien. Build your armies, hone your magic skills and gather resources to wage war on an epic field of battle. The balance of power lies in your arms.

Gameplay: Differences

Total Annihilation: Kingdoms is the anticipated second installment of the Total Annihilation franchise. Although the game is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the original Total Annihilation game, comparisons between the two games are inevitable. There are numerous thematic and design differences between Total Annihilation and Total Annihilation: Kingdoms.

  • A more in-depth storyline, told with cutscenes between missions just as Total Annihilation had, but with more detail.
  • A change from a futuristic setting to a fantasy setting.
  • Simplified resource-management, with just one resource (mana) instead of two (metal, energy).
  • Four sides at the start, as opposed to the original’s two, with an expansion pack that added in a fifth.
  • While the original Total Annihilation has players playing through the Core or Arm campaigns separately, Total Annihilation: Kingdoms switches between the four groups, players playing each side, as the levels progressed.
  • Unlike the original Total Annihilation which has most of the units on its two factions virtually the same, other than in appearance, Total Annihilation: Kingdoms has very distinct characteristics between factions.


  • Command vast armies of skeletal archers, undead foot soldiers, magic-casting wizards and dragon riders.
  • Play as the monarch of one of four unique civilizations, each with its own combat strategies.
  • Lay siege to castles and cities and engage in combat accompanied by an epic soundtrack composed by Jeremy Soule!

Game Details

Genre Strategy – Real-time – Fantasy
Works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10) and Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Languages Audio and text: English
Released June 25, 1999
Size 0.9 GB
Company Cavedog Entertainment /

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements – Windows:

Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.

Minimum system requirements – Mac:

OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+
Memory: 1GB of RAM
Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

Please note: This game currently does not support macOS 10.13 High Sierra.


Total Annihilation: Kingdoms + Iron Plague (1999)

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