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Still, for an independently developed turn based RPG that can offer you 25+ hours of questing time for about the cost of a music CD at the record store, Aveyond is a great choice. And with all the downloadable goodies on the Amaranth website, you're getting mucho bang for your buck here. What's even better is that you can download the prequel, Ahriman's Prophecy, for free from them. We're talking another 25+ hour RPG with a great story. This is what "indie" is all about. By gamers, for gamers, and the kind of direct love towards fans you don't get with the more "corporate" big boys.
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Aveyond is a top-down role-playing game similar to Nintendo's Zelda. The ultimate point is to tell a story, with avatar development, spell casting, combat and treasure collecting weighing in heavily as well. Graphically, this approach is long out-of-date. However, there's an excellent sense of style in effect, as well as some superb storytelling and a beautifully elegant control interface -- not to mention the thoroughly developed world crafted by Amanda Fae. Rumour has it she's working on a follow-up. If you've ever been curious about trying a role-playing game, this is your perfect opportunity to give the genre a try.
This isn't a game for everyone. Purist adventure gamers who don't have the patience to deal with statistics and combat (though both these aspects are quite simplified when compared to games like Fallout or Baldur's Gate) are unlikely to enjoy the game; the same goes for people who only want to use a mouse, as this is a keyboard-controlled game. Hardcore role-players who prefer to micromanage every aspect of their characters will find this game to be too simple for their tastes. But all in all, this is a very good game, so I suggest giving it a try. The demo on the homepage can be played freely for ten hours - that should be enough to figure out whether you want to buy it or not.To put it quite simply: I enjoyed this game. Try it out - maybe you will, too.
This is a big game with the face of a little game, so don't be fooled, We all know that appearances can be deceiving, and in this case, they definitely are. Aveyond is strangely compelling and makes for hours upon hours of game play, keeping you entertained at every twist and sometimes strange turn. The good news is that the demo for this game and full versions of Amaranth's other games are available at their website, so check it out if you're a fan of the genre. The final diagnosis? Aveyond: Incurably cute.
An instant classic, Aveyond is a well-crafted RPG Lite that serves as a throwback to the golden days of video gaming as it sucks you into this magical adventure. It may not be a typical "casual" puzzle or word game that you can play for just five minutes here or there, but it's a refreshingly fun computer game nonetheless.
At the end of the day, my job is to tell you whether or not this game is worth your $18. While pleasing to the senses, the story is definitely lacking, and the characters resemble nothing more than a 15-year-old's D&D character sheet collection. That said, the demo is free, and independent game designers deserve our support. So if you're hankering for a little old-school RPG action, at least check out the demo.