Avadon: The Black Fortress HD
By Spiderweb Software
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Avadon: The Black Fortress HD is an epic, old school fantasy role-playing adventure, with a fascinating story and 40+ hours of gameplay. Experience huge adventures, cunning foes, hundreds of magic artifacts to find, and countless enemies of your people to hunt down.
Avadon HD is the first chapter in a new, epic fantasy saga. You will serve the keep of Avadon, working as a spy and warrior to fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is Law. Experience an exciting fantasy role-playing adventure and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.
Avadon: The Black Fortress Features:
Epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous and unique world.
Four different character classes, with dozens of unique spells and abilities.
Uncover the fascinating history of Avadon and the land of Lynaeus.
Many different endings. Your choices will change the world.
Dozens of side quests, hidden dungeons, and secrets to discover.
Hundreds of magical items to find. Use enchanted crystals to make your artifacts even more powerful.
Huge adventure with lots of replay value.
"Offers a classic RPG experience. Engrossing narrative. Hours of enjoyable gameplay. 4/5" - Mac|Life
"In the end, Avadon: The Black Fortress has everything a good RPG needs. Strong story and characters, great combat, excellent quests, addictive loot and leveling and high replayability." - Inside Mac Games
"Avadon: The Black Fortress is easily one of the best RPGs you can buy. 9/10" - Digital Entertainment News
"Anybody who pines for the days of the older, massive classics and decries the state of the new streamlined, big-budget RPGs needs to put their money where their mouth is and buy this game. 90%" - RPGFan
What's New in Version 1.0.4
* Problem with corrupted screenshots in the Save Game window fixed.
* Some balance and scripting tweaks.
Not as fun as Avernum:Escape From The Pit
If Escape From The Pit is like 3rd edition D&D, this is like 4th edition.
The scale is very strange. Everything is way too big. The humblest farmhouse is like Grand Central Station. The box text describes something you see "to the north", and you have to search across three screens before you actually see it. The box text describes you "squeezing through a narrow crack," and you see an opening four people could walk through side by side.
You can actually sneak past some foes, but when you're not in combat mode they keep moving even when you don't. This makes following someone (which you have to do) frustrating, as they easily outpace your ability to swipe and tap the screen. Or, you sneak past the patrol you're not supposed to fight, check the map, then - oops! You're in combat now because they kept moving while you had the map up. (And you need the map a lot to get any sense of where you are because the spaces are so ridiculously enormous.) It's a weird arcade-like "feature" for a turn-based game.
Clearly a lot of work went into the story, and there's an incredible amount of gameplay here for the money. And the ending explains why all the quests and companions were so illogical and annoying. But still, they were.
A few performance issues, but a great game
Great game, awesome plot, lots of treasure, I'm glad I own an iPad so I can play it!
You can change the orientation in the settings, if you want to play with the home button to the right.
That being said, it does stutter a bit on my iPad mini, even with all other apps fully closed. Especially noticeable in combat.
Also now that I use the inverted display setting, the touch accuracy gets wonky. Makes everything harder when the game thinks you tapped somewhere you didn't. Force closing the app and relaunching it fixes it temporarily.
Wonderful story driven RPG
This game works great on my iPad 4. Controls are easy to use, unlike the Baldur's Gate iOS ports. This is a wonderful turn based RPG, with a complex story, setting, characters, and moral choices. You do need to get past the very simple graphics and audio compared to many modern games, but I actually found that enhances my ability to fill in the mental picture myself as the game goes along. Well worth the price.