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Avernum is a remake of Exile, Spiderweb Software's first game. It uses the Nethergate game engine and plays in much the same way. A few things have been improved, however. Instead of just clicking on subjects players want to know more about in conversations, and getting static data as feedback, they can now select from several choices of what to say. It is a more natural system, like in Ultima Underworld. The combat has not changed significantly, except that there are new weapons, and many more spells, than in previous games, and these have altered graphics. The sprite animation has been expanded on, and additional frames added to the character animations. The isometric tile-by-tile scrolling view has not changed, but the many frames added on will help improve combat.


Avernum Windows Intro screen
Avernum Windows Start Menu
Avernum Windows Outside with the automap
Avernum Windows Character Sheet - Avernum introduces detailed character information on skills and how to obtain them

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User Reviews

Poor in graphics, but very rich in content Windows Alex Z (1916)
Exile: Escape from the Pit with better graphics Windows willyum (1028)

Critic Reviews

Mac Ledge Macintosh Jun 30, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90 Windows Apr 21, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Gamer's Pulse Windows Aug 03, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Glide Underground Windows Jul 20, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows Aug 24, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Stratos Group Windows Jul 14, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Aug 16, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Aug 24, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh May 12, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Absolute Games ( Windows Oct 21, 2000 10 out of 100 10


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