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Friday, April 28, 2006

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Avernum 4 Reviewed
11:21 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of Avernum 4, Spiderweb Software's newest addition to the Exile/Avernum RPG series. Players are once again thrust into the perilous underground realm of Avernum where a mysterious evil is threatening to destroy everything. Avernum managed an orc smashing 4 out of 5 mice from the Game Room.

From the review:

One thing you’ll notice right off the bat is that you’re dealing with a very different class of game—graphically and aurally—than the RPGs you might be accustomed to playing on your Mac or console. The interface and graphics seem positively antique by comparison. But, from where I sit, that’s part of Avernum’s charm. What’s more, this game is incredibly scalable regardless of your hardware;even though Avernum 4 works just dandy (and natively) on Mac OS X, it even works on Macs That Time Forgot which still might be running Mac OS 8.1. (Yes, even OS 8.1!) And it works fine on Intel Macs using Rosetta (really, Universal Binary isn’t necessary).

Graphics and interface aside, the strength of Avernum 4, like all games from Spiderweb, is in the incredible storytelling. Exploring the game’s branching storyline and working through every subplot and mission will take you weeks, if not months, of gameplay. Spiderweb’s games offer some of the richest RPG storytelling experiences on any platform, and don’t let anyone tell you different. This is classic RPG gaming at its very best, and Avernum 4 serves you up countless challenges like a good dungeon master should.

The rest of the review and more information about the game can be found at the links listed below.

Macworld Game Room: Avernum 4 Review
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 4

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