The gameplay is divided into three main parts; building up the Capital City of your race so that you can research new Warriors and spells, and building up new armies (this involves careful resource management); using heroes (leading small squads) to explore the surroundings, procure resources and attack the enemy; and finally the battles themselves.
Each playable race's Capital City is protected by an extremely-powerful guardian, who is nearly impossible to defeat except with a very strong hero. The Capital City is the only city capable of building structures. Other cities may only upgrade themselves to allow them to mount larger defense forces.
Battles consist of confrontations between a hero's squad (which can take up to five other Warriors, bearing in mind that some large creatures such as dragons take up the space of two units) and an enemy squad. High praise is given to the excellent graphics and animations in these battles. At the end of the battle, the winning side receives experience points. All surviving units receive the same amount of XP. If sufficient XP is accumulated by a unit, it may then upgrade to another, determined by the type of structures in the Capital. If no next-level structures have been built, the unit does not level up and does not receive any more experience until the structure is built. The only exception is if the unit is at the end of the "upgrade tree", in which case it will remain the same unit but gain small increases to health, attack damage, and accuracy stats.
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves contains:
* All the content of the base Dark Prophecy game including the four campaigns of seven missions each.
* A new campaign of 8 missions focused on the elven race introduced in this expansion pack.
* A new playable race, the Elven Alliance, with new art, units and capital city.
* Minor gameplay adjustments (such as making the Death units have a lower initiative so as to be less overpowering)
This game does not combine with Gallean's Return or Dark Prophecy and must be installed separately.
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves is a fun and addictive game that will remain in your memory for a long time after you play because of its beautiful graphics, gameplay and storyline.