Avadon: The Black Fortress HD by Spiderweb Software is a role-play game (RPG) that is heavy on story, filled with epic adventure and a darn good classic game for the hardcore gamers. Originally available for Windows and Mac only, the company has just released an iPad-only version that is stunning and extraordinary and just as good as the desktop version at less than half the price.
When you start the game, you are asked to pick a character. True to the role-play style, you can either pick a warrior, rogue, shaman or sorceress. You are then asked what level of game play you would like to have; casual, normal, hard or torment. If you have never played an RPG before, I recommend starting with casual as this level of gaming will help you get used to the mechanics. The casual gamer will have no trouble figuring out the basic game play and will not be left frustrated and defeated. Once you have decided on the type of character you want to play and how difficult you want the game to be, your adventure begins.
You are taught the basics of the game as you are playing, like how to battle and how to pick up items. You are given quests and meet other adventurers that will help you in your mission. As the game progresses, you’re outcome is dependent on how you respond to non-player characters (NPCs) and which choices you make on your quests. The replay factor is near-infinite.
I am a huge fan of RPGs and, while I love many of the amazing games that have come out for the iPad, this is, by far, the best classic RPG available. The storyline is well-written and all-encompassing. The battle mechanics are exciting and easy to figure out, while still being intricate enough to make the more advanced gamers giddy.
If you are not familiar with the role-play genre, I feel that I should include a caveat about what classic RPGs are all about. You will spend a whole lot of time reading. This game is not one of those flashy, fast-paced RPGs that forget to spend time on the adventure. This game is plot driven and even changes, depending on the choices you make throughout your adventure. If you prefer the types of games that are all action and no adventure, don’t play this. I don’t want to see any ignorant reviews for it by people who don’t understand what role-play gaming is all about.
What I liked: The deep storyline and smooth user interface, the game mechanics, the ability to save like ten different games at a time, the fact that you can get a hint book from their website to help you along.
What I didn’t like: I’m pretty sure this is the perfect game. Can I say that?
To buy or not to buy: This game is exactly like the desktop version and is only $9.99 as opposed to the $25 price tag you would pay to play it on a stationary computer. Nuff Said.
- App Name: Avadon: The Black Fortress HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Spiderweb Software
- Price: $9.99