Developer: Spiderweb Software
Mac Publisher: Spiderweb Software
System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.6 or later, 800 MhZ processor (1.6 GHz processor recommended), video card or processor with OpenGL support and 32 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended), 512 MB RAM, 200 MB hard disk space, 1024 x 600 screen resolution with 32 bit color
Network Feature: n/a
Processor Compatibility: Intel
Price: $20 game download (additional $6 for electronic hint book) at Spiderweb Software or $9.99 game download at Steam, GOG.com, or the Mac App Store.
ESRB Rating: n/a
Availability: Out Now
Demo: Avadon 2’s official page
Avadon 2: The Corruption is the second chapter in the Avadon trilogy and takes place in Lynaeus, a land with perpetual conflict between the five nations of The Pact and the Farlands. As a servant of the Black Fortress your word is law, and you can decide to be loyal to Avadon or work to bring it down from the inside.
The story takes place after Avadon suffered a vicious attack that killed many and reduced its authority and prestige. Now enemies of The Pact are emboldened to attack when they would never dare before, and it’s up to you to protect your home from everyone who would tear it apart. You start out as a simple scout who becomes a member of Avadon and are sent on increasingly more difficult and important missions. Sometimes you’re tasked with finding Miranda, who orchestrated the attack on Avadon, and Dheless who is working to undermine The Pact. Other times you have to work on problems within The Pact and travel to lands that are being fought over by Pact members who aren’t inclined towards diplomacy. The missions are interesting and do a good job at advancing the overall story.
The biggest addition to Avadon 2 is a new class, the Tinkermage, which has a wide variety of turrets to aid your party in combat. You can slow down enemies, set them on fire, and turn them into a pin cushion with a liberal application of arrows. You can also heal and buff your party to get through the toughest fights. If you’d rather be a little more up and personal you can throw acid bottles or stab enemies with your sword. The Tinkermage is a fun class to play and works well with the other four classes — Blademaster, Shadowwalker, Shaman, and Sorceress.
Apart from the new class and story, most of the game mechanics are unchanged from Avadon 1. For a better description of classes and items I suggest reading my review of Avadon 1 here at Appletell.
I always find it difficult to review Spiderweb Software games because they’re a kind of role-playing game that you don’t see made too often lately. And so I’m going to put down why I like Avadon 2 and if you find yourself nodding in agreement then I’m sure you’ll like it too.
- Avadon 2 is divided into maps, many with caves and dungeons, and you’re encouraged to explore every nook and cranny for quests or treasure. I enjoy looking around for secrets and learning more about the area as I reveal the map. There’s always something to find which makes all of the searching through locked chests and battling tough enemies worth it.
- There’s always quite a bit of dialog to read and what you say in conversations can change how people react to you and the endings you can get. There are no voice overs or fancy graphics, but text and the power of your imagination. I don’t mean to say that the artistic style is lacking, far from it, but you’re not going to get fully rendered 3D cinematics. Yet I like giving my own voices to the characters as I read what they say out loud and being able to embellish what happens is always fun.
- Designing a party that can complement each other’s strengths and make up for weaknesses is part of the combat strategy. Having one character that can buff and heal, another that can make enemies weaker, and the third attack multiple enemies at once is usually how I put my groups together, yet it’s not the only way. With items (scrolls, wands) and scarabs that give additional skills, you have a lot of flexibility in how you put together your ideal team.
- Combat is turn-based with each party member given a set amount of Action Points to use to move and use skills or items. Since all skills have a cooldown it’s necessary to use them strategically and when they’ll do the most good. You can’t just mindlessly spam your most powerful skill and win every battle or only use your default attack on anything but the weaker enemies. Having to think about where to move my party members so their abilities were the most effective makes combat interesting.
Avadon 2 is yet another great role-playing game from Spiderweb Software. If the combination of exploration, combat, and story telling is something you enjoy, then Avadon 2 is the game for you.
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