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Anvil of Dawn (DOS)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Description

Anvil of Dawn is a role-playing game featuring pseudo-3D dungeons similar to those of Eye of the Beholder, but with solo gameplay and action-oriented combat reminiscent of Ultima Underworld games. The player controls a single hero (can be chosen between two female, two male and one lizard character) on a quest to destroy an evil warlord. The dungeons lead the protagonist through varied places like castles or shipwrecks.

The game requires the hero to overcome two basic obstacles: combat and the exploration of maze-like dungeons with occasional puzzles (mostly based on switches and inventory items). During battles, the player simply needs to select a weapon or spell and click on the enemy to use it. This game doesn't use an experience point system but the "learning by doing" approach: using a skill automatically improves the protagonist's competence with it. Additional character development occurs by learning new spells (divided into earth, fire, water, wind, lightning, flesh and void disciplines), acquiring new equipment and drinking potions to permanently increase hit and magic points.

Screenshots

Anvil of Dawn DOS Summoning a water demon... I mean: elemental!
Anvil of Dawn DOS Each spell has its proper description
Anvil of Dawn DOS You literally draw spell symbols in the air
Anvil of Dawn DOS Can this gargoyle talk?

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User Reviews

A game that can probably captivate you for several days. Cyric (50) unrated

The Press Says

The DOS Spirit Aug 27, 2011 5.5 out of 6 92
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 02, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Meristation Nov 17, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Legendra Feb 12, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Jan, 1996 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot May 01, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1996 60 out of 100 60
High Score May, 1996 3 out of 5 60

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Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Role-Playing Game of the Year

andrew welch (7) added Anvil of Dawn (DOS) on Aug 08, 2000
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