Spiderweb Software's classic adventure of treachery and battle in ancient times has returned! Travel back to ancient Britannia for a tale of cunning foes, vicious battles, and a race to rediscover the lost secrets of magic. Britannia is a land ravaged by war.
User reviews: Positive (34 reviews) - 88% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 1, 2008

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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


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"Play as Roman or as Celt in this old school fantasy CRPG placed in ancient Britannia. Two games in one depending on the faction you choose! - Nice!"
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About This Game

Spiderweb Software's classic adventure of treachery and battle in ancient times has returned! Travel back to ancient Britannia for a tale of cunning foes, vicious battles, and a race to rediscover the lost secrets of magic.

Britannia is a land ravaged by war. The natives of this land, the savage Celts, have long been subjugated by the Roman invaders. At last, they have risen up in bloody rebellion. Battles rage across the land. Cities are sacked, the inhabitants massacred. And, lost in the chaos, in the small, forgotten valley of Shadowvale, a plan is being formed.

Soon, a band of barbarians will rediscover the lost secrets of magic. They will find a way to rid their lands of their oppressors forever. And you, as the Celtic warriors, will attempt to free your people.

Or you, as the Romans, will attempt to crush them. For the good of the Empire.

Key Features

  • Two different sides, the powerful Romans and the savage and cunning Celts. Each side has a completely different full-length adventure.
  • Enormous game world, with dozens of dungeons and many characters and quests.
  • Fascinating storyline. Fight for freedom, or further the glory of the Empire.
  • Lost secrets of magic! Dozens of spells and hundreds of hidden magical artifacts.
  • Innovative story and unique setting. Unlike any fantasy game you've ever played.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or later.
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB Recommended
    • Hard Disk Space: 50 MB
    • Video Card: Minimum 800x600 screen resolution
    • DirectX®: 7 or later
    • Sound: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I wanted to like Nethergate, but the reality is I do not think the game liked me. Like many of Spiderweb CRPG's it is more a labor of love than a polished effort. If you have played other of their games and like the mechanics you'll be fine. I liked the choice between playing Celts and Romans quite a bit. The problem with the game is mostly none of the tools you really need (which is a common issue with Spiderweb's games) are in the game. The quest/journal is laughably bad, after taking a break for a couple months I got back into the game and it was of no use. I had the choice between replaying the game which I had invested a fair amount of time in or uninstalling and walking away. I chose the later with zero regret.

If it is on sale and you can tough through the multiple flaws, it might be tolerable. Barely, but I would still not recommend it.
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237 of 261 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Upon completion of Nethergate (8/31/14, 5:54am), I've now finished every single Spiderweb game on steam on torment difficulty.

In celebration I am considering setting up a shrine on the street and charging people 5 dollars to come and soak in my magnificent countenance.

"Come! See the man with no life!" the brochures will say, "So little life, that he spent over 900 hours playing through the Geneforge saga, Nethergate, Avadon 1 and 2, Escape from the Pit, and the second Avernum trilogy on the hardest difficulties!"

Mothers will shush their children and tell them not to look as they pass by, the occasional kindly priest or do gooder will sometimes throw a few coins my way and mutter prayers to themselves wondering how one could have fallen so far, while groups of teenagers and young men will jeer and mock, throwing old tin cans and bits of rock at my head.

But I shall sit serenely in my state of old school isometric RPG nirvana, my body covered in muck and spit, but my mind drifting outside of the cares of this world, pondering the time that my party was nearly wiped and I fought off a group of chitrachs with just my priest, or the time in Avernum 5 when I spent 20 minutes killing a wolf with 4,000 hp, or the time in Geneforge 4 when I repeatedly reloaded a giant battle to save all the Serviles because I couldn't bear to see a single of the cute little buggers get caught in the crossfire, or that bloody, ♥♥♥♥ing, redbeard boss fight (which, truth be told, I never did bother completing). In short, while physically present, I shall have passed on from this world, lost in a realm a bit higher than the real, forever and wholly beyond the fray.....or at least until Spiderweb releases another game, anyway.
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53 of 56 people (95%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014

A great, old school rpg and its really immersive for its archaic 2D graphics, as soon as you get a hang of it, you're in Ancient Roman era , fantasy britannia. Details and depth are really nice with many easter eggs, rich with history and has a really good sense of humour.

The mechanics are satisfactory, got traits like fallout and skill point buy like MM's. It's sand-box'ish you can do your quests in any order as long as your party is skillful enough, travel anywhere if you have enough food in your bag, talk to everyone in game world provided you're not a Roman trying to find his/her way in a brigantes village. You can play both as Romans and Britons, they have slightly different stories.

This game totally amazed me, by giving me much more than i had anticipated, made me wonder what is missing in most modern games.

If you like 2D rpgs and can endure the mechanics like of Might & Magic, it will be a worthy purchase for its price.

8/10 , at least
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39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I was exploring an abandoned mine when I found a deep pit. The game said the pit was really deep, but that I could survive the fall. The game also said that there were "shiny" things in the bottom of the pit.

I jumped in the pit. There was nothing there. Had to load an old save game. 10/10 true-blood old school rpg, will scratch the itch.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2012
I love Spiderweb Software games - they take a long time to play, and they are almost as primitive as you can get with their graphics. The stories are great, though, and the worlds are detailed and full of things to explore. The UI on this one takes a little getting used to, but it's second nature soon enough.
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