Avernum is a land underground, a subterranean nation full of rogues, misfits, and brigands, struggling for survival in the monster-infested darkness.
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Very Positive (443 reviews) - 93% of the 443 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 11, 2012

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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

 

Reviews

“The game's strong writing carries it through, and earns it a place among the greatest indie RPGs.”
9.0/10 – Game Chronicles

“Fans looking to get into the Avernum series will do very well with Escape from the Pit, and while the improvements beyond the game engine and visuals are relatively modest, there's still a lot to enjoy even if you've played through the game once before already.”
GameBanshee

“It is a tribute to indie gaming as a whole that a game made by such a tiny team can swell into such an involving, engrossing and glorious fantasy epic.”
9.0/10 – The Digital Fix

“If you're looking for a complex single player RPG and value content at the expense of visuals, don't miss this title.”
8.0/10 – Impulse Gamer

“Spiderweb Software have provided a vast world in which to get lost, and a hefty quest in which to sink your teeth, which will reward those who can overlook its lack of finesse with many hours of enjoyable adventure.”
Indie Game Magazine

About This Game

Avernum is an epic fantasy role-playing adventurer 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.

You have been banished to the underworld, never to see the light of day again.

The surface is ruled by the cruel Emperor Hawthorne, master of the Empire. All of the known lands are subject to his brutal command. Everyone who speaks out, misbehaves or doesn’t fit in is cast into the dark, volcanic pits of Avernum, far below the surface. There, you are expected to die, a victim of starvation, horrible monsters, or simple despair.

But not all of the Avernites have surrendered. With magic and steel, they are forging a new nation deep underground. You can join them and fight for safety. Or freedom. Or, if you dare, revenge on the surface-worlders who tried to destroy you. Join your new countrymen, explore a huge game world, hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts, choose from hundreds of quests, and become the hero of the underworld!

Key features

  • Epic fantasy adventure in an enormous underworld.
  • Huge outdoors, eighty towns and dungeons, and hundreds of quests.
  • Three separate game-winning quests. Seek safety, escape or revenge. Complete just one or all three!
  • Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any adventure out there.
  • Hundreds of side quests and magical artifacts to discover.
  • Rich game system with over 50 spells and battle disciplines and a multitude of beneficial character traits to choose from.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB Recommended
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB
    • Video Card: 3D accelerated graphics card, Open GL compliant
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB Recommended
    • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB
    • Video Card: 3D accelerated graphics card, Open GL compliant
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
A solid old-school RPG with beautiful retro graphics and emersive ambience. It offers a huge underground world with plenty of events and creatures in it for you to explore. While the main story itself might not be that great and all. the side quests are usually fun and enjoyable. The game doesn't usually tell you exactly what to do next or where to find a certain item for a quest, and that, in my eyes is one of the reasons why old-school games are better than modern ones, in which all we do for side quests is go there and get that. the explore part is missing. In terms of character building and job skills, I think the game did ok, not great, but definately not bad either.

So in conclusion if you are a retro rpg fan you should try it. If you are not, try it on a sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
This is such a weird and lovely game. If you can get over the graphics and animations that are a few inches above the ASCII symbols of Dwarf Fortress and Nethack, you'll find a huge text-heavy RPG with a unique setting, hilarious writing (every innkeeper has some excuse as to why you can't get a room there) and a simple but efficient character stat system. There's goold old turn-based combat, tons of secrets and a lot of world map exploration with special events.

The UI is kind of a pain in the butt (no automated inventory sorting, ESC to cancel out of spells / menus and pathfinding can be spotty) and the difficulty varies massively by area, with only a warning sign and NPC's advice separating you from having your legs removed by giant intelligent spiders. If you can live with that, it's a great rewarding title that perfectly captures the classic RPG feeling.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
I absolutely love this game.
Spiderweb Software (one guy) writes amazing stories.
I really can't believe I didn't review this before now.

Okay, you see the graphics look "nostalgic" but if you either don't mind or even like the style, then you'll see the gameplay is solid and the story keeps you moving forward so you see what happens next. I can't recommend this enough, especially since it goes on sale all the time.
If you're at all interested in this game, get it.

The battles work as you expect for a turn based strategy game.
As for leveling up: You aren't locked into "classes" you can mix and match and dabble into any abilities you want, but you'll be weaker than if you specialize. That being said, I put just enough to get my mage a healing spell "just in case". And "just in case" happens often enough for it to have been worth it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
+ Quite a big world
+ A lot to explore
+ Considerable amount of content
+ Simple yet detailed lore (easy to get into, interesting enough to dive deeper)
+ Interesting NPCs
+ Freedom right after the tutorial
+ Character management is easy to deal with while still providing some depth
+ Well presented battle mechanics

- Interface is not practical enough
- No crafting, yet a lot of lootable items that could be used as material
- Making potions is a little complicated at first
- Gear (both arms and armor) doesn't feel varied enough
- You can't loot the bodies of fallen party members to use that resurrection potion you so desperately need

Verdict: I'm a newcomer to old school sandbox RPGs and I think Avernum: Escape From the Pit was a very good start. EFtP is a reboot of a reboot and still presents some rough edges, but it's easy to get over them since most don't have a considerable impact on what the game is about: exploring, running quests, defeating foes and uncoverying lore. It brings more than enough content to justify its original price, being a bargain at a discount. Defintely worth it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
As an avid worshipper of Spiderweb Software, I was hooked to this game in a matter of minutes. Much like the Geneforge games, I've realized that my choices will only REALLY start to effect the gameplay later in the game. I dread the day where I will have to turn against my companions for what I view as the greater good. I may have to kill the Avernites, leaving nothing before me. Or maybe I'll become the new king, I honestly don't know. Right now, I'm content with delivering wine to the miners of Fort Draco. This is definitely one of Spiderweb Software's best. As much as I adore the Geneforge saga, this game takes the title of "Best Spiderweb Software Game." Or at least my personal favorite.
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