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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 Traveling outside dungeons is done like in "Myst" (animations between forks in the road)
Anvil of Dawn DOS Beware Thunder Demon's ranged attack
Anvil of Dawn DOS Assigning weapons skills
Anvil of Dawn DOS Archery duel in the City of the Dead (note my magical crossbow)

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit Aug 27, 2011 5.5 out of 6 92
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Dec 01, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Meristation Nov 17, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Jan, 1996 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot May 01, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1996 60 out of 100 60
Score Jan, 1996 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1996 Unscored Unscored


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

andrew welch (10) added Anvil of Dawn (DOS) on Aug 08, 2000
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