Avadon: The Black Fortress is an epic, Indie fantasy role-playing saga.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (302 reviews) - 79% of the 302 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 17, 2011

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Includes 13 items: Avadon 2: The Corruption, Avadon: The Black Fortress, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, Avernum 4, Avernum 5, Avernum 6, Avernum: Escape From the Pit, Geneforge 1, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, Geneforge 5: Overthrow, Nethergate: Resurrection



“Offers a classic RPG experience. Engrossing narrative. Hours of enjoyable gameplay.”
4/5 – Mac|Life

“As simple as it looks, it’s one of those games that’s very easy to fire up for a few minutes, only to be magically transported without supper to 5AM the next day.”
– Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“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

“I want an immersive game backed by a developer with integrity, and a desire to win fans one at a time. Spiderweb has that, and I hope they continue to honor us with games such as this one.”
5/5 – Adrenaline Vault

“This is a big, chunky game that retro RPG fans should absolutely adore.”
4.5/5 – Digitally Downloaded

“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

About This Game

Avadon: The Black Fortress is an epic, Indie fantasy role-playing saga. Form a band of skilled warriors, explore dungeons, hunt for treasure, learn many unique and powerful skills, and attempt to unravel a conspiracy that threatens to destroy your homeland!

Five great nations have banded together to form The Pact. The Pact is defended by Avadon, a secretive sect of spies and assassins. Its agents are everywhere. Its word is law.

You have been recruited as a Hand of Avadon, charged with missions that require swift action and a heavy fist. However, the enemies of the Pact have plans of their own, and Hands of Avadon are being picked off one by one. It will fall to you to struggle to survive and to reveal that plot that could shatter the safety of The Pact and plunge your homeland into chaos.

Beware! Allies are few. Traitors are everywhere. And the closer you come to the truth, the closer their assassins will come to you.

Key features:

  • Epic, Indie 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.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor:1.6 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB
    • Hard disk space:300MB
    • Video: OpenGL compliant graphics card
    • Sound:Sound card
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
    • Operating system:Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent
    • Processor:1.6 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB
    • Hard disk space:300MB
    • Video: OpenGL compliant graphics card
    • Sound:Sound card
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
Let me just say, I love all of the Spiderweb games. That being said, Avadon just might be their best game. While it is most definitely more linear than Geneforge or Avernum, the story and companion dialogue more than make up for it. You can spend the game looking for twists on your first playthrough, but I would bet that you wouldn't be able to guess most of what happens, especially because a decent amount of plot direction depends on what decisions you make. Whenever you hear someone say something like, "For a game to be immersive it has to have fantastic graphics and a mega budget", show them this. I feel very fulfilled having just finished this game for the first time, and feel a compelling urge to start a second playthrough. Do yourself a favor and buy this game.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
130.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
For all the RPG's Funs out there... This is a fair game in a reasonable price for the hours of gameplay that offers (100+).
Grapics : 6/10 (outdated reminds me of 90's)
Sound : 3/10 (No music, no Speaking voice... just a repeative soundtrack in loading screen and ugly sounds during playtime)
Story : 8/10 (the best asset of the game... It's intriguing, it feels like a Hand of Avadon indeed - There are decisions to be made and there is the feeling that the game is affected by them... (even if thats not the case)
Gameplay: 6/10 (action points system + leveling up characters + abilities in each type of character and in each level = fair enough but could be a lot better.. How many AP's is exacly one attack? I finished the game and still don't Know 8? 7? or 1?)
Duration: 7/10 (100+ hours and you dont get borred)
SO FINAL SCORE --> 6 = (6+3+8+6+7)/5
for RPG Funs would go like this (if you thinking like me) --> 7.6 =[6+3+(8*2)+6+7]/5
(the story carries more weight on final score thats why I multiplied it by 2)
If you dont like RPGs dont buy it
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Avadon was my first foray into the crazy world of game designer Jeff Vogel, and boy is it a treat. I sincerely can't remember when was the last good turn-based RPG released, but the Avadon games are certainly refreshing the genre.

Great story, lots of interesting dialogue and a lot of great lore are the name of the game with Avadon.

The story, while underwhelming at first, picks up after you complete your first mission in the lands of the Kva, and the fun doesn't stop until the end, all accompanied with epic, strategic battles that really have you figuring out a puzzle than simply rushing ahead if you play at a nice pace of difficulty. Most of the side missions all add a lot of life to the world and really make you want to play them and forget the main quest...most of the time.

Combat is simplistic at its core. yet very subtle in how it chooses to show its difficulty. You pick from your team two members for each mission to assist, and they all have their unique and very intriguing differences that force you to take your time in choosing them before each mission. You all take turns to move and attack, and all the different patterns for each battle is pretty unique and makes for interesting battles every time you think about reloading!

The graphics, while simple in nature, are all very well done, and fit well with the overall theme and are nothing to scoff at for any hardcore tbRPG gamer.

I can't recommend it enough for people who miss Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, and similar games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
114.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
This is a hesitant recommendation and many reviews have been written over the years so I'll keep this very short.

There's a great story to be told, but it's held up by some pretty weak mechanics. Unfortunately, that tends to make the game drag around the three quarters mark.

If you've played other Spiderweb games, you know what you're getting into. But if you haven't, I don't know if I'd start with this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
An old-school dungeon-crawling RPG focusing on immersive reading and imagination. Don't go to it if you are looking for visual and auditory stimulations or deep character development both in mechanics and narrative, this is not a good game on those. However, it just provides a nice stage for your bold adventure, a medicore curve of settings for your (pre-defined) party to progress within. You, as a part-freelancer and order-enforcer at the same time, are not caught in a web of diplometic conspiracy, but instead trapped in compromised world full of conflicts, under the table.

I would recommend this to people who don't mind simple and straight gameplay/content that is not procedurally generated, if exploration is what you really care. As an story-driven RPG, softcore and streamline, all you need to enjoy the game is to ignore the poor presentation of gfx/snd, and to get yourself immersed in, of course.

Read before Act, you fool.

cool background
active journal record
no dialog maze
companion interaction in dialog
tons of garbage for your collection
satisfying loot

need more character creation options for diversity
need bigger chars and better animations
lacking of freedom of behavior
not-so-good gameplay balance
poor quest log updating
somewhat clumsy interface
NO background music
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