User reviews: Very Positive (240 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 11, 2012

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Includes 12 items: Avadon 2: The Corruption, Avadon: The Black Fortress, 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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"Huge, holistic world with an interesting storyline, compelling tactical combat, meaningful choices, and more dungeons to explore than you could imagine."
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Mac OS X
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
104.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
My first experience with a Spiderweb game and boy did it deliver. Travelling around the "countryside" and exploring is just as much fun as interacting with the characters. Each town has its own personality and the missions were not all simple fetch quests. You can skip by a lot fo the dialogue but a lot of the humor will be missed if you don't read.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
A great game for fans of old school d&d rpgs.

This game really brings me back to the old Gold Box D&D pc games (Dark Queen of Krynn etc). In an era of very limited graphics those games brought large worlds with epic stories and solid d&d party building and tactics combat. The Avernum series of games continues in that style with a large world full of unique lore to discover. The character and skill system is not too complex but has enough options to keep fights challenging and requiring planning while focusing on exploration and the story instead of large stat sheets. Over the Avernum series you can see steady improvements in the ui, engine and balancing quests and this is the best one I've tried yet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Let me begin... if you are not into reading lore, and saturating yourself with a game's story... you will be missing at least 50% of this game... and probably will not fully appreciate what this game has to offer.

For every 5 minutes of battle, you will spend an equal amount, if not more, reading into the story, conversing with the various characters that inhabit Avernum, and learning about the land from pop-up descriptions.

The skill-up system is nice. Though, classes are pretty linear. Mages mainly focus on mage, priest on priest, and so on. You won't really be seeing many priests dual wielding, or sword-and-board mages. BUT, you can really specialize in certain skills, so though, you can't really roam outside the realms of your specific class, you can specialize it pretty well.

The combat is classic, old-school, turn-based goodness. The difficulty is decent. If you don't know how to play these types of games (learning to buff and debuff prior to battles, crowd control, and so on) this game will prove difficult. Once you get a hang of it, it becomes fun.

AGAIN: If you are not a fan of engrossing yourself into lore, you will not get as much enjoyment out of this game as you could. IF you enjoy lore and character depth, you will thoroughly enjoy this gem.


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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
107.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I love this game and pretty much every game made by Spiderweb Software. They introduced me to RPGs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Very awesome RPG game. Tons of content - big world to explore with many excellent quests. The combat system fun to play and the game is very immersive despite old school grapics.

Recommended for fans of true RPG games with a good story. Can't wait for the Avernum 2: Crystal Souls sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Great game, with a huge world to explore and several differant final goals in the end. The first two minutes I thought that I couldn't handle the old-school graphics anymore, but already a few minutes later I was kooked and couldn't stop playing until I finished every single quest line. :D

Absolutely a recommendation if you enjoy RPGs, epic stories and tactical turn based combat - and if you are not a graphic fetishist.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
As long as you are able to deal with the very simple (and yet perfectly accetable IMHO) graphic and GUI, this is a good old CRPG which can offer you dozens of hours of fun and nostalgia.

There is a lot of content, dungeons to explore, secrets to discover. The plot is ok but the settings (Avernum) is really well written and feels "alive".

In brief, this is a game for a niche of RPG players (especially those who grew up with pen and paper and isometric CRPGs), who will really enjoy it.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The initial portion is interesting but after I reach the "world map" I'm paralyzed by the choices available. It has a cool nostalgic feeling to it but that didn't hold my interest for very long.
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33.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Bought it for $1.99. Hell of a game for this price! 4/5 stars...in my opinion...buy it.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Starcraft meets Skyrim in a big hole
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26.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Avernum EFTP brings me back to my old 386 gaming days. Avernum EFTP is brilliantly crafted and worth playing. Content is king in Avernum, don't expect a 4 hour romp, this CRpg has plenty of meat to sink your teeth into.

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32.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
If you appreciate quality over glamour and loved playing the old AD&D computer games, this game earns every bit of it's price. I find myself losing track of time. My only complaint is sometimes I wish the text was a bit bigger, but maybe that's just me getting old...

Thanks SpiderWeb!
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188.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I recommend this game for all lovers of retro roleplaying.
It does not reach the level of the Ultima and SSI (Pool of Radiance, etc) games
but is good enough to keep you immersed for many hours.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
In today's day and age, Spiderweb Software's games may seem like a novelty, but make no doubt that for the right audience they are exceptionally good games that offer a lot of bang for their buck. Avernum: Escape From The Pit is a modernized version of the Avernum series, and while the graphics are still not flashy the game more than makes up for it with good writing and solid turn based combat.

The game is a text heavy one, a blessing or a curse depending on the person playing. The writing is stellar and coupled with the low-key graphics it's one of the few games where you can really use your imagination if you so wish. It is worth noting that Avernum is an open-world RPG, so while I say the writing is stellar, don't expect a centralized story with deep characters--that's not what this game is. The game itself takes place in a huge underground cave complex, a joy for those like me who like underground fantasy settings and even for those who don't should still appreciate the unique and interesting world Avernum presents.

Avernum is lengthy, but if it's your type of game it will feel just right, making it a great game to pick up if you're on a budget. One playthrough alone will take about seventy to eighty hours if you are a semi completionist, and even if you aren't I would wager it would take a good fifty hours to beat. Throw in harder difficulties and achievements and you can easily extend that playtime twofold.

The combat is fairly atypical for a turn based game, but by no means bland. Each ally/enemy gets one turn per round and there are different types of characters your party can contain (priests, mage, etc.). The game is open world as mentioned and it lets you explore the world on your own, the game guides you very loosely but the bulk of the exploration is up to you to do. As thus, you can easily find yourself faced off against baddies that are higher level than you which can keep the game challenging even on normal difficulty.

Open world exploration in the deep caves of Avernum mixed with some awesome writing and very interesting in-game encounters made this game a blast, but one of the things I liked most was how seamlessly the keyboard was integrated into the game. With the exception of needing to use my touchpad to click on a few interactive objects in the game world and assigning character stats/equipping items, just about everything you need to do in-game can be done with just the keyboard. Conversations, looting, fighting, moving--can all be done with the keyboard. If you're playing at home on your desktop, this may not mean much, but if you want to play this on a laptop without a mouse handy, this game is the one. Very few RPGs can be played on low-end laptops and even fewer can be played without a mouse, but Avernum is perhaps the only game I've played that's required mouse/touchpad input so sparsely. I feel like I could have enjoyed an amazing RPG experience from any Spiderweb game, but this one stands out to me due to the stellar keyboard integration.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Avernum is right in your wheelhouse if you like games like Baldur's Gate and Divinity and are looking to experience that old school pen-and-paper RPG experience. I have not played all the rest of the games in the series and do not feel that I must in order to enjoy it on this one. Don't expect stellar graphics, but do expect everything else- like great game mechanics, a solid loot system, compelling story (with admirable writing skill), and a giant world to get lost in. I have yet to finish it yet, but from the first handful of quests, I know I am hooked well enough to come back to it. Another great thing about this game is it takes up less than 200 mb of space and has ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ly low system requirements, so it even plays on the ancient technological relics I keep around due to lack of having a proper gaming laptop to tote about. This game is also pretty nifty on iOS.
Anyhoots, I don't feel hasty in reccomending this.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
At first you might be 'revolted' by the dated graphics. Then you might laugh at some 1990ish RPG your looking at. Force yourself to put at least a couple of hours into it and soon you will find yourself hooked. You got the crapiest equipment starting out and you will have to earn what you keep to survive. No freebees like modern games throw at you like candy at a parade. You will respect your CRPG awesomeness by giving this game a chance and then seeing if you got it to survive escaping the underdark to the surface! Good luck you will enjoy the journey!!!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
161.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is prehaps the best Dungeon Crawler/RPG (outside Legend of Grimrock, Dungeons of Dredmore) that Steam has to offer. It is easy to get into and hard to put down. What makes it so enjoyable is the non-linear progression of it all. You have a choice over everything, from doing quests to killing things. Your charators can be speced to your choosing. Want a warrior that hits like a truck and can shoot fireballs? You can do that! You want a rouge that can't be hit and is a master lockpick? You can!

All in all, this game is well worth the price, even more on sale (if the Summer Sale is going while viewing this review)
You won't regret. I've spent 135 hours on this game. Take it from me. It won't let you down!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Maybe the best $1.99 I've ever spent. There's so much content and wonderful strategic character progression. If you can sacrifice a little sheen for deep mechanics, this is a no-brainer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Avernum: Escape from the Pit is overall a really solid RPG. It combines classic party-based tactical RPG combat with a large and deeply designed gameworld. The result is an expansive classic RPG with a modern user interface that is a delight to play. Combat is deep, but not slow or frustrating to go through. Dungeons are just the right length, with enough secrets to reward thoroughness and some backtracking. Character design is involving and interesting, with most character builds and party compositions working well. The presentation is functional, but for fans of CRPGs the breadth of gameplay will win you over.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Open World with exploration.Huge world full of secret. Nice Story and very cool atmosphere.total party customisation. If u dont mind the old\simple graphic its a gem!!
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