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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.


Anvil of Dawn DOS A guard just doing his job
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 A handy journal automagically notes your quests
Anvil of Dawn DOS Choose from 5 champions of different sex, origin and... height! Even a non-human! Sadly, only 3 voices are used...

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit DOS Aug 27, 2011 5.5 out of 6 92
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Quandary DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Online Gaming Review (OGR) DOS Dec 01, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Meristation DOS Nov 17, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Action DOS Jan, 1996 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
High Score DOS May, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Score DOS Jan, 1996 5 out of 10 50


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Role-Playing Game of the Year

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