Witchaven (DOS)

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Grondoval, a knight from the land of Stazhia, has been just chosen to travel to the forbidding Island of Char. An evil witch named Illwhyrin has cast a curse of never-ending darkness on Stazhia, and built her lair, the Witchaven, on the island, sacrificing the few foolish humans who dare venture there. The witch's present goal is to remove a magical barrier known as the Veil, which serves as a portal to the world of demons. Should she succeed, unspeakable evil shall arrive and consume the world. Grondoval must defeat Illwhyrin's demonic minions, reach the core of Witchaven, and defeat her.

Based on 3D Realms' Build engine, Witchaven is a first-person fantasy slasher akin to Heretic, with the addition of a simple role-playing experience and level system: the player accumulates experience from killing monsters and acquiring items, so as to become more powerful (with seven experience levels altogether). The weapons include knives, swords, bows, morning stars, battle axes, throwing axes, and halberds. Spells such as Scare, Night Vision, Fly, Fireball, and Nuke, are available via scrolls found during exploration, although the more powerful spells require that the player character has attained a certain experience level (for example, Nuke, which disintegrates opponents, requires the hero to be level five to cast). Scattered around the levels are potions which grant the protagonist such boons as healing, invisibility and strength.


Witchaven DOS Taking the express elevator down to...  well, you figure it out.
Witchaven DOS Hacking at a goblin with an axe; notice the arrow stuck in the wall.
Witchaven DOS Abracapocus! Casting Magic Arrow at a demon.
Witchaven DOS Tortured and mutilated human body parts are displayed in grotesque profusion; observe the dismembered, arrow-ridden torso to the upper-left.  It gets worse.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Witchhaven" -- Common misspelling
  • "Witchaven: Dare to Enter..." -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

So terrible it almost defies belief Maw (884) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars
A poor attempt at an early first-person slasher Luckspeare (1502) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars
Early but excellent medieval action. Jason Musgrave (74) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Nov, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine Jan 13, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Nov, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Score Oct, 1995 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker Oct, 1995 67 out of 100 67
Pelit Oct, 1995 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot May 01, 1996 5.3 out of 10 53
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
High Score Aug, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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Although created with the same engine as "Duke Nukem 3D" and other games, the editors that came with those games and the editor that came with "Witchaven 2" will not open "Witchaven" maps.
Erwin Bergervoet (397) added Witchaven (DOS) on Feb 11, 2001