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  • genre rpg / strategy / fantasy
  • download size 4.1 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 129 user ratings.
  • release date January 22, 2014
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)
  • languages Audio and text: English, German. Text only: French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian
  • developer / publisher Daedalic Entertainment / Daedalic Entertainment
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • 5 avatars
  • 5 wallpapers
  • developer interview (English)
  • developer interview (German)
  • soundtrack (MP3)
  • soundtrack (FLAC)

What's cool about it:

  • More than 180 unique battlemaps provide ever-evolving and novel challenges.
  • Make sure you have plenty of snacks, as this dark fantasy adventure has 40+ hours of exciting play time.
  • Lead up to five characters in your party to glorious victory or devastating defeat.
  • Enjoy enchanting hand drawn backdrops. They're beautiful even when your party members get their asses handed to them.
  • Your choice of spells, skills and abilities determine your battlefield tactics. Aggressive? Defensive? Tactical? It's your call how to tackle each challenging encounter!
  • Use interactive objects like bee hives or barrels to your advantage in combat, or blow yourself up by carrying a torch into flammable swamp gas.
  • Dish out some serious damage with 40 special abilities and more than 90 spells... or find yourself on the other end and get obliterated.


What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder.

Play as a warrior, mage or hunter and customize your character's skills as you see fit. The challenging campaign delivers a story of doubt, treason and loss. You decide the course of the story at key turning points and determine its outcome.

Age requirements: PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 (Windows Vista SP2 or later OS recommended), 2 GHz Dual Core Processor (2.4 GHz Quad Core Processor recommended), 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended), NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275, ATI Radeon 4770 Series or higher recommended), DirectX 9.0c, 20 GB available space, DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later. Processor: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac or Mac Pro release year 2010 or newer: 4 GB of RAM, Intel HD4000, nVidia or AMD graphic card, 20 GB available space. Patched to version 1.4 (PC) / 1.3 (MAC)

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Insanity is the only strategy

Posted on 2014-02-18 03:46:03 byJetSetUBet's avatarJetSetUBet:

There is a saying: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results"
In this game it's pretty much the only strategy.
This is a fun game overall, good character development, plot, the voice acting is pretty good, and the dark atmosphere makes it all very interesting.
Unfortunately, because of the total randomness involved in the combat,read more you can build a decent strategy and have it completely ruined by a missed arrow or failed spell. I understand that this is a turn-based system based on dice-rolls and that random things will happen, it just seems to happen so much more often in this game than in any other I've played.
This game is very addictive, and--when fortune favours you--can be downright satisfying finally finishing some of the more difficult battles: which for me usually involves restarting the battle after any critical failure, and just doing the same thing over and over again until I get different results.
If you like a good story, are a master in the art of Zen, love difficult games that require more patience than skill, masochistic, and/or a fan of The Dark Eye series, than this game is for you.
If you have a bad temper, exercise caution: Daedelic is not responsible for any damage should you throw your keyboard through your monitor. And believe me, sometimes you will want to.

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A great Addition to the Dark eye games

Posted on 2014-01-24 12:44:47 byMaxthejedi's avatarMaxthejedi:

I can just say that this is an awesome game! I already wasted 30 hours of my life on it and I am still not through the second chapter.
The tactic works great and the characters are interesting and charming, just how it should be in the dark eye universe. You got so many details put in that world, so many cool ideas and quests, so many things to do, all covered up by a wonderfulread more story.
I´d really recommend it, not only to fans of the dark eye, but to every tactic loving guy out there.

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Like chess with a story on a classy board

Posted on 2014-01-25 05:36:06 bykyogen's avatarkyogen:

Blackguards offers a very nice version of the tactical, turn-based combat of The Dark Eye system. It's somewhat reminiscent of Shadowrun Returns. The 3-D battle maps and semi-interactive environments are a nice upgrade from the old 2-D isometric style. The hex grid helps make it very clear where characters are positioned on the board, and the animations are decent. Character designread more is also surprisingly creative in an understated way, and the voice acting is respectable.
Players used to D&D stats may face a moderate learning curve since Germany's The Dark Eye system is quite distinct from its American predecessor, but there are multiple difficulty modes and an option to use default character specs. The UI is efficient without being boring, and there are plenty of customization options.
The world map is simple but beautifully rendered. Towns are on static backgrounds, but they're pretty and NPCs still have interesting quests and dialog. The story and characters are intriguing--more noiri-sh than standard fantasy.
All in all a modest but well-executed package despite a few bugs that will be patched. It definitely keeps me entertained and playing. It would be good to see more like this from Daedalic.

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