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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.

Screenshots

Witchaven DOS Starting out; armed only with a knife, we unwisely enter the volcanic pit.
Witchaven DOS A key, a bow, and a chain to pull.  What more could one ask for?
Witchaven DOS Negotiating tunnels with the aid of the automap.
Witchaven DOS Surprising a minotaur-snakey-fellow with an arrow.

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Witchaven Logo Logo on the game page.
Witchaven Concept Art
Witchaven Magazine Advertisement
Witchaven Logo Game logo on the main page of the website.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

So terrible it almost defies belief DOS Maw (884)
A poor attempt at an early first-person slasher DOS Luckspeare (3436)
And now for something completely gory DOS Kayburt (16439)
Early but excellent medieval action. DOS Jason Musgrave (72)

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited DOS Jan, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) DOS Nov, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jan 13, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Nov, 1995 71 out of 100 71
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1995 67 out of 100 67
Pelit DOS Oct, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Shooterplanet DOS Oct 08, 2008 35 out of 100 35

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Trivia

Although the opening movie appears to have nothing to do with the game, the manual explains that it is a dream that the main character has on a reoccurring basis before starting his quest at the Witchaven.
Contributed to by Plok (85515) and Erwin Bergervoet (397)
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