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Avernum 4 Review & Interview
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GamerDad has released a review of Spiderweb Software's Avernum 4, and an interview with Jeff Vogel, the game's creator. Avernum 4 is the newest adventure in the Exile/Avernum RPG series, which places players in the underground empire of Avernum where they must battle the forces of evil. GamerDad gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

One of the best role-playing games of the year the game can be learned in minutes, but allows depth of control that defies mastery. It pulls you into extended gaming sessions, yet the journal is clear enough that you can walk away for quite a while and then hop back into it effortlessly. It runs on just about any Mac or PC and is available as a small download, making it easy to try out. What Avernum 4 lacks in visual presentation, it makes up with immersive story-telling and engaging gameplay.

The story and characters are comparable to those found in teen-level reading material such as the Eragon or Harry Potter books. There is pain, emotion and pathos laced with humor throughout this wonderful tale. This is a game for very strong readers, forming the basis of the 10+ age recommendation. The subject matter is somewhat dark and scary, but nothing beyond what a middle school kid can handle.

From the interview:
GamerDad: What do you think that 'Boot Camp', the Mac utility to run Windows on OSX, will do to Mac gaming? Does it alter any of your development plans going forward?

Jeff Vogel: It's a cool thing, but it doesn't factor into my life.

GamerDad: You are viewed as a milestone success in independent gaming. What would you like to see kids get out of gaming in the future that they are not getting from it today?

Jeff Vogel: I think games are a marvelous leisure activity. I think that children, like every other human, deserve leisure. I think games today are just fine.

Except for one thing I'd like to add. I think that massively multiplayer online role-playing games are some of the most marvelous educational games ever made. I think the way they teach children to type, communicate, and work as a team is truly marvelous.

The rest of the review and the interview can be found at the links below.

GamerDad: Avernum 4 Review
GamerDad: Jeff Vogel Interview
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 4

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