Avernum 5 is the second chapter in the Great Trials Trilogy, three games that tell the tale of this land’s struggles in the face of powerful forces that seek to destroy it.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (8 reviews)
Release Date: May 11, 2012
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Recommended By Curators

"Classic party-based adventuring; improved combat and encounters; strong story and atmosphere; loads of quests - very good 2nd part of the 2nd triology!"
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Reviews

"[Avernum 5 has an] Interesting setting, big world, solid old-school gameplay."
7/10 – - GameBanshee



"I found myself pulled back into Avernum V time and time again, even though prettier things were on offer."
4/5 – - RPGWatch



"As always, Spiderweb Software delivers a fun-filled adventure." – - GameTunnel

About This Game

Avernum is one of the great tales of indie gaming, an epic series of fantasy role-playing adventurers set in an enormous, subterranean nation. Avernum is a land underground, a subterranean nation full of rogues, misfits, and brigands, struggling for survival and wealth in the monster-infested darkness. Avernum 5 is the second chapter in the Great Trials Trilogy, three games that tell the tale of this land’s struggles in the face of powerful forces that seek to destroy it.

Avernum 5 has a fascinating storyline, full of betrayal, mystery, and unexpected turns. Explore a gigantic world, with hundreds of quests, multitudes of side dungeons, and many hours of adventure. The game features clever enemies and dozens of interesting scripted encounters. Learn over 50 spells and battle disciplines. Hunt for hundreds of magical items, or find the materials to craft new, unique equipment.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB recommended
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB
    • Video Card: 3D accelerated graphics card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 7 or later
    • Additional: 1024x768 screen resolution with 32 bit color
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Let me just start by saying Avernum is not for everyone. For those who are only interested in fast pace action, then this is not for you.

But for those who like a game that is remarkably refined, has a driving story, and a vast open world to explore, this is the game for you. Do not automatically be driven off by the 2D graphics, this is a very fun game that will have you glued to your seat!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I love the saga, the storytelling is fantastic and the atmosphere fascinating. The hints to the next chapter are nice and the characters pretty well structured as usual, However this episode loses an important ingredient, which made Avernum a game so beloved by its fans: the sensation of free roaming. Normally it's the player deciding in which direction going and how to proceed the story, which has several main plots. This time instead the player is obliged to follow a single path, made by consecutive areas until the final one. The torment difficulty is praticable until a certain point, which I don't reveal to avoid spoiling, but then you are practically forced to switch to a lower difficulty not to be trapped in the middle of the game. In any case a must of those who followed the full epopea, but in my opinion the worst chapter so far.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Avernum 5 while rich in plot and story seriously lacks in visuals and sound. This game certainly ought to please hardcore RPG players and veterans with a sense of nostalgia, however there's nothing here that you haven't seen many times before in countless games.I would really like to see the folks at Spiderweb software be given a big budget and let loose. Otherwise their games will continue to be mediocre like Avernum 5. I'd give it a 6/10.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
128.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2012
An incredibly mixed bag. Its very deep stat system and occasionally interesting challenge areas and boss fights are quite good, but ultimately these highlights are overcome by extreme linearity, way too many trash mobs, next to no plot, and one of the worst cases of hitpoint bloat I have ever seen in a game (late game there are some random enemies with 4,000 hitpoints. Given that the average character can do 50-100 points of damage per turn, you can work out the problem here). I really love spiderweb games, so I hate to bash this, but this is probably their worst.

Of couse I still forced myself to finish the whole thing on torment difficulty, but that's only because I'm a total OCD, power gaming, masochist (and for all the game's faults, it is refreshingly difficult). Normal people who demand things like "enjoyment" and "entertainment" from their video games (novel concepts, I know) need not apply. Or better yet just play one of the other Avernum games (most of which are way better).
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2012
What if you still lived in the 90s, when computer rpgs could come out and have awful CGI graphics and noone cared as long as they had lots of writing? Then this game wouldn't have come out yet, but it would probably fit in if it had done so because it is that sort of game.

Incidentally, that means it is fantastic. And ugly, but you take it as you find it.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2012
More awesome underground old-school RPG fun!
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2012
Avernum games are great.
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