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Avadon: The Black Fortress is a role playing game done in standard Spiderweb style; long, sprawling, with plenty of story and loads of maps to explore. The player becomes a warrior of the Midlands Pact, an alliance of 5 nations surrounded on all sides by enemies in the Farlands. The story begins when you arrive at Avadon to serve as a Hand under Keeper Redbeard. Protect Avadon, and the Pact, or not.

To start the game you pick one of four character classes: Blademaster (fighter depending on armor and weapons), Shadow Walker (like a thief in AD&D), Shaman (like a druid in AD&D), Sorceress (dependent on magic). You can also pick one of four difficulty levels.

Once the game is in progress you are free to roam about speaking to characters, gathering (possibly stealing) items, and generally exploring each map as they open up to the player. Eventually it will be possible to freely explore the world of Lynaeus as more locations are discovered and the world map becomes available.

Combat is turn-based and it is similar to the Geneforge games. You can choose close combat, ranged combat, or magic spells to dispatch enemies.Some characters are able to summon creatures. Experience points accumulate until a new level is reached and they can be used to customize the character.

One key feature of this game is the inclusion of multiple endings based an choices and alliances made through out the adventure.


Avadon: The Black Fortress Windows The travel map displays all discovered regions where the player's party can go.
Avadon: The Black Fortress Windows Occasionally cut-scenes like this will appear to unfold the story.
Avadon: The Black Fortress Windows Pressing Tab brings up the map of the current area, with locations of current quest objectives marked on it.
Avadon: The Black Fortress Windows Being sent down into the dungeon for a first mission; choose 1 of 2 characters to assist.

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RPGFan Windows May 09, 2011 90 out of 100 90
GameZebo iPad May 20, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZebo Windows May 20, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZebo Macintosh May 20, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Sep 09, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Mana Pool Windows Aug 31, 2011 5.4 out of 10 54


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