Anvil of Dawn (DOS)

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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 Meeting the local blacksmith
Anvil of Dawn DOS The Temple of the Moon looms in the distance.
Anvil of Dawn DOS Melee weapons found in the game are either axes/hammers, swords or spears.
Anvil of Dawn DOS You literally draw spell symbols in the air

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

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