Make sure you click the strategy guide at the top of this page for the full Avadon: The Black Fortress Walkthrough.
With the PSN security hack disaster still in full swing and the Playstation Store/Playstation Plus staying quite inaccessible until the end of May, ( short of some lame, insincere apologies from the Sony “brass” of course…), it reminds some of us that there are other avenues and platforms for us to satiate our gaming hunger with, and one such example is the upcoming RPG for PC’s from Spiderweb Software, Avadon: The Black Fortress.
Avadon: The Black Fortress is an epic journey through the imaginary lands of Lynaeus, a world comprised of five separate nations, each culturally diverse and unique in their own way, bonded together by shared goal, defending themselves against a sinister common enemy, the Farlands. Your Quest? Enter the gates of the Black Fortress, present yourself to the mysterious and legendary dictator Redbeard, and wrestle with the moral conflicts this meeting presents. Stay loyal and perform your duties as a “Hand” of Redbeard, or usurp Redbeard’s throne and take charge yourself and rule as you see fit. Every decision you make has far reaching consequences in Avadon, and will eventually determine your own karma, be it righteous and compassionate, or heartless and cruel.
Avadon: The Black Fortress does not require fast-fingered reflexes the way an Oblivion or a Dragon’s Age does at times, as Avadon: The Black Fortress is a “turn based” RPG, which for those not familiar with this niche of genre, this simply means that when it comes time to “throw down” and swing that sword or cast that spell, the action is temporarily frozen in time, giving the gamer time to carefully contemplate their next move, be it attack, defend, or outright flee for your life, being fairly similar in style of game play to that of some versions of the “Final Fantasy” series. After a colorfully painted introduction, the player must decide which of the four allotted designations they wish to quest as, Blademaster (Warrior), Shadowwalker ( Thief/Ninja ), Shaman ( Nature Priestess ), or Sorcerer ( Mage/Wizard ), all each having their unique skills, strengths, and vulnerabilities.
Avadon: The Black Fortress is not exactly what today’s gamer would consider graphically exceptional, but the static cut scenes are beautifully picturesque, and more importantly, while actually engaged in the heat of combat and game play, Avadon: The Black Fortress cleverly compensates for it’s admitted average and sometimes sparse visuals by giving rich descriptives of your environment and the diverse characters that you interact with, providing the gamer with both a visual take on their surroundings and detailed summations that allow the gamer to visualize what they consider the most fearful or appealing, depending of course on the context of the interaction.
Avadon: The Black Fortress has a complex system of combat, inventory, and multiple character control that is typical of game of the fantasy/RPG genre, yet it’s presented in a way that is surprisingly user friendly, and has a generous tutorial style beginning that has the gamer relatively up to speed within the first 15 minutes or so, which is commendable considering the wide range of commands at the player’s disposal. The expected mainstays and considerations of RPG style play such as ascending levels, health, experience, vitality, and abilities are all present with the gamer being required to train all members of their party, if hoping to defeat and conquer the enemies and adversaries confronted in the dangerous world of Lynaeus. Avadon: The Black Fortress provides a multitude of activities that can be performed during the course of the journey, such as complex combat and spellcasting, searching for and using objects and treasures, avoiding traps and lock picking, shopping and talking to the citizens of Lynaeus, and other context activated “special activities”.
Avadon: The Black Fortress is really somewhat of an indie “throwback” of sorts that will certainly hold appeal to old school PC gamers that enjoy the sort of title that they can play at their leisure while sipping a cup of joe, and may entice some new gamers to this genre/style of play as well. Avadon: The Black Fortress is available for PC only, in both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X format, and ipad as well. For those that like to “try before they buy”, there is a downloadable demo currently available online at http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com. The full version will supply the PC adventurer with roughly 30-40 hours of dungeon crawling questing, and is reasonably wallet friendly at the price of $25.00
Again please make sure you click the walkthrough guide at the top of this page for the full Avadon Black Fortress walkthrough.