Geneforge is an Indie fantasy role-playing game, the first game in the five-part Geneforge Saga. It features an enormous world, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help. Geneforge has a huge and open storyline.
User reviews: Very Positive (150 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 1, 2001

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Packages that include this game

Buy Geneforge Saga

Includes 5 items: Geneforge 1, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, Geneforge 5: Overthrow

Buy Spiderweb Software Complete Pack

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

 

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"The begin of the great Geneforge series by indie pioneer Jeff Vogel - unique Shaper setting. Which faction do you join?"

About This Game

Geneforge is an Indie fantasy role-playing game, the first game in the five-part Geneforge Saga. It features an enormous world, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help.

Geneforge has a huge and open storyline. You have the freedom to choose your own path and decide how the story will turn out. You can fight the evil overlord or you can join him. You can help the peasants or you can torment them. You can be the bold hero or you can just try to get away. No matter what you choose, Geneforge offers an enormous adventure with plenty of replay value.

System Requirements

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This game completely surprises me. Of everything, I think I'm enjoying the story the most, and the gameplay itself only adds to the fun. It makes me feel like I'm playing an old school tabletop RPG, and the graphics are only there to provide a template for my imagination. If anything, it alleviates my guilt over not reading books as often as I play games. More like this would be greatly welcome.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Its fun, graphics are deifinitely dated, the interface a little clunky, but its a retro type game so that is to be expected, but the gameplay gets you hooked, I am finding it great fun and challenging. Be prepared to die a lot, this might change if u actually good at the game, but as noob to Geneforge, I finding the combat can be very brutal, best pray to the RND gods and save frequently!

I got this as part of the spiderweb bundle, have been tossing up wether to get another spiderweb game called avernium escape from the pit, thought I would take a gamble and support an indie publisher, as the whole bundle is about $45 USD at full price and has 10+ titles in it. I am starting to think it might be the best $45 I spent on games for many years

Highly recomended, unless you absolutely must have modern graphics or only like first person shooters!

9/10 only coz I been spoilt with prettier games with more modern interfaces, for gameplay its definitey a 10/10 for me!

Glad I stopped procastinating and spent the dollars :)



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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
A great classic! I really wish they'd reprogram the UI a little to support touch and different screens, but the story is interesting and the graphics work fine (despite being a little simple). This is a great game for people who like fantasy settings, monster creation, and Choose Your Own Adventure games.
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83 of 87 people (95%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Geneforge presents an original setting, masterfully blending sci-fi with fantasy. Here “Shapers” are humans able to create and shape life through magic, raise armies of creatures to work and fight for them, and even genetically alter plants to serve as tools and weapons. Everything about the world seems exotic and well-thought, and it’s very interesting to learn about its lore and workings.

The story starts with your character being washed in the shores of a mysterious island, where rogue creations run wild over abandoned Shaper ruins. As you explore the massive island in search for a way back home, you’ll find the truth behind the abandoned ruins, and will decide the fate of the various factions that inhabit it. The writing is solid, and the game asks you to make some seriously complex decisions, without any banal morality judging you. I’ll add that Geneforge is the only game I ever played where the NPCs managed to change my mind with solid arguments (instead of bribes) after I had decided on a set course of action.

Combat is turn-based with action points, and although it has some annoying limitations (like only one attack per turn), it’s solid. There are three classes to choose from, and they give you freedom to fight any way you want, being able to create hordes of weak monster to fight for you, focus on a large and powerful creatures, cast spells like firebolt and fear, or simply hack and slash your enemies. Non-combat skills like Leadership and Mechanics are also important, as they provide unique ways to avoid conflicts and solve quests. And although it may not seem obvious at first, there’s a great deal of reactivity here as well.

When this was release, back in 2001, cRPGs fans had their mouths full, being spoiled with the release of classic such as Arcanum, BG2: Throne of Bhaal, Morrowind, Wizardry 8 and Gothic. So it is understandable that Geneforge, with its unattractive graphics and puke-green UI, went by undetected by most. But it’s a damn shame, and you should fix that now.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
“… she stares up at you with awe, as if her god has stepped down to earth to face her. Maybe it has.”

Geneforge is a great turn-based role-playing game experience with a deep and meaningful story in combination with a unique take on magic. What it lacks in graphics it gains twofold in detailed descriptions of events throughout the game.

Your decisions have major impact on the game’s conclusion and gameplay is vastly different depending on which of the three classes you choose.

The almost total lack of music and no voice acting should be mentioned as the disadvantages of this classic RPG.

Fun fact: The attempt of futuristic weapons with devastating effects that simultaneously felt sensible and maintained balance were one of the most difficult gameplay issues the developers had to resolve.
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My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Tactical gameplay
- Story
- Combat & Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
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Atmosphere: A-Rank

Characters: B-Rank

Details: S-Rank

(This is the lair of a large group of battle alphas. The creatures are bred to function in groups. However, seeing how they try to live on their own is, in a bleak way, quite comical. Battle alphas were not made to live unsupervised, and it shows.)

Tactical gameplay: B-Rank

Story: S-Rank

(One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.)

Combat & Controls: B-Rank
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There are no achievements to conquer.

Achievement difficulty: none
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Geneforge 5: Overthrow (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
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Geneforge 4: Rebellion (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2007
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Geneforge 3 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2005
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Geneforge 2 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2003
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Geneforge (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2002
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