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Summoner (Windows)

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Description

Joseph was a simple boy living in the village of Ciran. One day, a mysterious man gave him a magical ring containing the power to summon demons. When Ciran was attacked by raiders, Joseph used the ring, but could not control its power, and the demon devastated the village. Joseph vowed to never use the ring again. But things change when soldiers from Orenia, a continent ruled by Emperor Murod, attack the town Joseph has settled in, looking for a boy born with the mark of a Summoner. Joseph has to flee and find companions as he realizes that the Emperor must be stopped at all costs.

Summoner is a 3D story-driven role-playing game somewhat influenced by the Japanese variety of the genre, having a linear plot progression and random enemy encounters. The player controls a party of characters who join the protagonist as dictated by the plot. Combat flows in real time, with the player actively controlling only one character. The others can be given general orders regarding their usage of spells, melee or ranged attacks, etc. The controlled character can execute combo chains if the player presses a key at the right moment. At some point in the game Joseph gains the ability to summon powerful monsters to help the party in battles. The game also features side quests and skill-based character development.

Screenshots

Summoner Windows The ressurection of Flece
Summoner Windows Entering teh old city
Summoner Windows Random Encounters on the World Map
Summoner Windows Inside Tancards Place - ground floor

Alternate Titles

  • "召唤者" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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User Reviews

Sub-par console effort with few saving graces. Zovni (9344) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
Absorbing RPG that almost lives up to the hype. Sycada (175) unrated
A very linear but entertaining RPG Mattias Kreku (423) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
For a Windows game, it's a half-decent console title. weregamer (157) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

The Press Says

GameSpy Apr 16, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited Jun, 2001 80 out of 100 80
ActionTrip Apr 04, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Apr 05, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Jeuxvideo.com May 25, 2001 14 out of 20 70
ComputerGamers.com Apr 29, 2001 63 out of 100 63
Gamekult Apr 19, 2001 5 out of 10 50
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 30, 2001 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Funny easter egg: Click on the credits button, and after they all scroll by (or after you skip them) you'll see a pretty funny movie of the summoner characters playing traditional pen&paper D&D with a guest appearance from Volition's Red Faction. It's hilarous and it's also quite long, not just a 2 sec. skit.

The clip was produced by the Dead Alewives, an improv/comedy group from Wisconsin, and written by Dan Harmon. You can also find the movie in the game's directory as (appropriately named) geeks.bik. In the PS2 version, the movie is named geeks.pss.

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Kartanym (10766) added Summoner (Windows) on Mar 27, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10766) and Kabushi (131395)