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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 Game options
Anvil of Dawn DOS Assigning weapons skills
Anvil of Dawn DOS The entire game world is done in 3D video rendering, so you can see distant locations when standing on a high tower.
Anvil of Dawn DOS Archery duel in the City of the Dead (note my magical crossbow)

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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
Meristation Nov 17, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Legendra Feb 12, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 02, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Apr, 1996 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
Joystick (French) Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
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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