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Avadon: The Black Fortress

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Avadon: The Black Fortress is an indie role-playing game developed by Spiderweb Software.

Plot

Lynaeus is divided between two opposing factions - The Pact and the Farlands. The fortress called Avadon is sided with The Pact. It is a small nation of warriors, soldiers, and spies that protect The Pact from any threats to it. Avadon is not bound by the laws of The Pact, however, a major conspiracy within The Pact is revealed by the leader of Avadon, Redbeard. The players step in the shoes of the commander of Hands of Avadon, an elite force under Redbeard's command who investigate the conspiracy.

Gameplay

Avadon: The Black Fortress is a singleplayer-only game. At the beginning of the game, the players choose one out of four classes - a Shadowwalker, a Shaman, a Blademaster, and a Sorceress. All these classes differ in their gameplay and play styles. The players can also recruit two characters to complete missions with.

All the classes have multiple abilities that are unlocked by progressing through the game or completing all the objectives in missions. They focus on damage dealing, healing, inflicting temporary de-buffs upon your enemies or reviving downed party members. There are multiple scripted encounters featured in The Black Fortress that require a certain degree of tactics to be completed successfully.

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Spiderweb Software
Publisher
Spiderweb Software
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html

System requirements for PC

  • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
  • Processor:1.6 GHz CPU
  • Memory:512 MB
  • Hard disk space:300MB
  • Video: OpenGL compliant graphics card
  • Sound:Sound card

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X 10.5 or later

System requirements for Linux

  • Operating system:Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent
  • Processor:1.6 GHz CPU
  • Memory:512 MB
  • Hard disk space:300MB
  • Video: OpenGL compliant graphics card
  • Sound:Sound card

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2
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Avadon: The Black Fortress reviews and comments

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Microsoft from French
Avadon is an old-school RPG in which one embodies a "hand" in the service of the fortress whose game derives its name. Avadon is the strong keystone of the Covenant, a fragile alliance between central kingdoms threatened by enemies pushed to the ends of the continent: ogres, fallen empire, barbarians, etc. As a hand you have to implement the policy of Avadon (the "eyes" inform, the "hearts" decide): seek and destroy the threat against the Covenant, whether inside or outside. Avadon is fear, very powerful, determined, ruthless... The adventures of the player will therefore take place in the midst of political influence struggles, alternating repression, diplomacy, etc. The game universe may seem simple at first glance but it is actually rather rich, with interesting and varied cultures, and a significant coherence (until in the way that NPCs react to your status of hand). In Avadon we are in the grey, not in the black and white, the game does not hesitate a second to make you doubt, to make you hate those that he made you love just before, leaving you sometimes making to decisions not obvious at all... The script and writing are very successful, as are the characters, and the players ' companions. Small flat on dialogues sometimes a little (too) dirigistes. The game, overall, having some linearity anyway. Graphically Avadon is... Let's say simple. Not really ugly, but not even as beautiful as a Baldur's Gate first of the name. Your imagination will be useful here. But once you get it done, the environments are pretty nice and the levels are large and well designed. Again it is varied and coherent. The sound side is also very minimal. And no music, apart from the menu... The gameplay as for him honors the "old-school", especially the turn-by-turn fights that I found pretty well screwed. But Avadon can be also very very difficult, and tedious sometimes. In old-school, there is "hardcore". Difficulty levels do not lie on their name and some fights seem extremely unfair until the key is found. Personally I resolved to move from "hard" to "normal" on the end. And the final combat, optional, is an absolute and endless purge if you decide to try it (I would not go into the details, I just recommend to anyone to inflict it, it is an endless horror, really...). We also sometimes plague the difficulty of finding a particular character who has given us a quest, and on the fact that we get some to perform in areas not yet open, but of regions already visited. So it happens that we turn a little in circles in search of the goal before we can actually access it. The rise in skill of the characters is done on a rather limited and rigid tree, but which nevertheless possesses some subtleties which can in fact greatly change the deal. In my opinion, it is better to master some skills than to know full but to be bad everywhere, for example. Likewise it may be tempting to increase its endurance to support the clash of fights, but not to be touched by good dexterity is a much more interesting investment in my opinion. After that, it is up to the player to find the balance that satisfies him. At worst, there is a character (that we meet that said after already a lot of hours of play) allowing a complete reroll (of the PJ and his companions), it is very useful! In the end, despite flaws, Avadon is a very good RPG (and I wouldn't have spent 60 hours on it, if not). Very recommended to fans of old-school RPG, but it will not appeal to everyone it is clear. Avadon also exists on Android and iOS and in my opinion on these systems it is a must in the genre. The game is in English, not translated to my knowledge. Service life: 50 hours minimum at high difficulty level.
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