Summoner (Windows)

Teen
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Perspective
Pacing
Setting
73
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
User Score
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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 Camera control sometimes causes Weird Graphical Effects...
Summoner Windows Battle!
Summoner Windows The tapestry-like prerendered cutscenes...
Summoner Windows Trading interface

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Sub-par console effort with few saving graces. Zovni (9305) 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 (421) 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

Critic Reviews

4Players.de Jul 19, 2001 83 out of 100 83
GameSpy Apr 16, 2001 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) May 12, 2001 81 out of 100 81
GameStar (Germany) Jun 01, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Withingames Jul 27, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 30, 2001 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Apr 17, 2001 74 out of 100 74
ComputerGamers.com Apr 29, 2001 63 out of 100 63
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 30, 2001 50 out of 100 50
Super Play (Sweden) Jun, 2001 4 out of 10 40

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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 (10698) added Summoner (Windows) on Mar 27, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (63237), Kartanym (10698) and Kabushi (179166)