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Thursday, August 24, 2000
Avernum Reviewed
11:23 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Mac RPG fans have been enjoying Avernum by Spiderweb Software for quite some time, but it seems PC sites are only now discovering this turn-based adventure for Mac and PC. The Adrenaline Vault has posted an extremely enthusiastic review of this title, praising its open-ended quests, depth of storyline and writing, and downplaying the aspects of the game that might be more disappointing to those jaded by Diablo II-quality visuals and sound effects. Here is an excerpt:

With so many hopes and dreams riddled with strife, Avernum presents considerable opportunities for the would-be do-gooder. In fact, nearly every town that your band comes across will contain at least two or three different quests to be completed, as the citizens will wearily inform you. Due to the war-torn nature of daily existence beneath the stone sky, most of the issues that you'll be asked to deal with will involve combat in some way: recapture a fort overrun by brigands, destroy a Slithzerikai encampment, assassinate an enemy general, and so on. Occasionally, however, you'll be presented with a chance to pursue a somewhat less hostile goal, like tracking down a hot spring, a lost ring, or even an old friend. Your reputation will affect future chances for attracting high-profile jobs, so be mindful of your actions; getting caught stealing will guarantee that people will avoid approaching you with their problems, while being a renown hero will have the opposite effect. With well over 100 quests to pursue, it's a good thing that Avernum gives players a completely non-linear path with which to follow their goals.
Make sure you read our own review of this title for a Mac-centric perspective on this great shareware title. And if you still aren't convinced, download the demo and give that a try -- creator Jeff Vogel left plenty to do for unregistered users, so you can get a true sense of what the full game will be like.

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Avernum Review at The Adrenaline Vault

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