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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 Traveling outside dungeons is done like in "Myst" (animations between forks in the road)
Anvil of Dawn DOS Underwater combat with Lurking Claw
Anvil of Dawn DOS Another character introduces themselves
Anvil of Dawn DOS Can this gargoyle talk?

Promo Images

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Quandary DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Old PC Gaming DOS Oct 19, 2017 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Online Gaming Review (OGR) DOS Dec 01, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Legendra DOS Feb 12, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Action DOS Jan, 1996 68 out of 100 68
Power Play DOS Jan, 1996 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb, 1996 60 out of 100 60
Score DOS Jan, 1996 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1996 Unscored Unscored

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Awards

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

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