|Genre: Adventure & RPG|
|Min OS X: 10.6|
|Avadon 2: The Corruption|
January 2, 2014 | Ted Bade
As with all games, once the battle is complete, there is the looting. When searching for loot, you open a character’s inventory window. A special space near the bottom shows icons for any items that can be picked up which happen to be in the area. Often this includes junk that has no value as well as any valuable items such as gems, armor and weapons, potions, and so forth. If you want to keep any of the items, you need to move them from the “on ground” space to your inventory space. If the item is better suited for a different character, you can drop it on that characters badge or switch to that character and open their inventory. Every so often when playing, I ran into an issue where I couldn’t switch the inventory to another character. To get the item to the other character, I had to close the inventory window completely, then reopen it for the character I wanted. A minor annoyance.
In addition to battle loot, there are random chests of treasures, hidden closets, and other random piles of valuables, hidden in the world. Keep an eye out for tiny icons that look like containers, closets, shelves, and so forth. They often hide valuable and usable items for your party. When in major towns, there is often a vendor of some form with which you can both sell your valuables to and buy better equipment.
The view of the world map on your screen can be moved around to show any part of the current area that you have already explored. This is controlled by movement of the mouse cursor on the screen. I found this to be a bit too sensitive in it’s willingness to move about. Thus, when I was moving the mouse to click on some part of the control bar at the bottom of the screen, the map would shift downward, or when I moved it to click on a member badge to work with their inventory, the map view would skew off to the left.
Besides the many battles that you will face, there is a story which unfolds as you play Avadon 2. You will need to search out information, discover what certain groups are doing, defeat certain special enemies, and so forth. There are points in the game where you make decisions to let an enemy go or fight them to the death. There are also some plot twists where you might decide to fight someone, only to later discover that you were after the wrong person! Twists like this add a realistic feeling to the game, since, as a member of the elite force, you need to act on the information you gather, which can be wrong or at least incorrectly interpreted. Avadon 2 does a good job as a real RPG game, giving you the ability to make decisions based on how you play your character. Then, based on your decisions, the world responds.
The worse part of playing Avadon 2 for me was the game's graphical interface. As an older member of the game playing crowd, lower level tiny graphics are a real burden. The view of Avadon 2 is overhead. Tiny images represent members of your party, enemies and monsters, and other items in the environment. Members of your party are also represented with badges on the screen that show health, fatigue, and give access to member inventory and skills. On the bottom of the screen is a control bar that provides quick access to the active member’s skills and inventory, as well as game related controls like saving the current game status, access to the journal, and so forth.
Control of the game is pretty much through use of the mouse. Point at a location on the map, and your party heads in that direction, point to a particular monster and your active party member tries to attack it. Overall, the interface worked pretty well, but takes a little getting used to. I did run into a few issues where I expected something to happen and it didn’t, such as opening the character windows. I also found the looting function a bit on the clunky side.
The audio in Avadon 2 was pretty minimal. It consisted mostly of some theme music and environmental effects. Nothing very realistic, but enough to provide some ambience for the game.
Overall, Avadon 2 is a really good game, true to its RPG nature. If you can get past the interface the game is well thought out and nicely implemented. It truly reminds me of the classic RPG games I played back in the 80s. The people at Spiderweb Software did an excellent job of capturing the true essence of a classic RPG game. If you are a fan of the genre, you will enjoy playing Avadon 2: The Corruption.
• True to RPG nature
• Game is fun to play and entertaining
• Graphics are low level and somewhat difficult to deal with