Summoners have toppled empires and challenged gods. They are venerated as saviours and feared as destroyers. With rings crafted by the ancient Khosani, the gifted can call forth demons, dragons, and elementals, but only the strongest can control the forces they unleash.
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Very Positive (180 reviews) - 80% of the 180 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 19, 2001

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“Summoner is a game of hidden depth; a game with an interesting combat system; an intriguing story.”
7.6/10 – GameSpot

“More than any other single factor, the story and scripting are what make Summoner stand apart.”
8.8/10 – Daily Radar

“It offers a lot of character interaction and an interesting storyline that will keep you guessing.”
8.2/10 – Game Spy

About This Game

Summoners have toppled empires and challenged gods. They are venerated as saviours and feared as destroyers. With rings crafted by the ancient Khosani, the gifted can call forth demons, dragons, and elementals, but only the strongest can control the forces they unleash.

The Story:

Born with the mark of the Summoner, Joseph possesses a power greater than emperors and gods. As a child, he summoned a demon to save his village, and watched in horror as those he loved were destroyed. Nine years later, the armies of Orenia invade, and Joseph must confront the prophecy he was born to fulfill.

Key Features:

  • Traverse a beautiful, completely original world spanning two continents.
  • Up to 16 different creatures to summon and control in combat, such as minotaurs, golems, dragons, and original fantastical creatures.
  • Cast spectacular spells. Wield an arsenal of weapons. Clad yourself in the armour of a warrior.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or better compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or better compatible sound card
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TheGhostCrew
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Summoner got me into RPGs. I remember watching my dad play this game countless times. However, despite still being a fantastic game, there are some sections that are difficult, and honestly, running down the sewer to get back up to the city near the beginning is highly tedious. But, the combat is as fun and simple as I remember, the world as expansive, and the characters as memorable as my I remember when I played this on the old Playstation 2.
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-[SaDA]- NuLL
10.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
Played it as a kid.
Good story, fantastic characters and enemies.
Nuff said?
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Reinfarias
1.1 hrs
Posted: July 18
It's OK.
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KVELLER
7.3 hrs
Posted: July 15
I've never liked RPGs, but this game is... different. I don't know what it is, but it feels different from every single thing I've ever played in my life.

Another thing is that it took me 45 HOURS to complete (ignore Steam, I was playing offline). Even without side quests, don't expect less than 30 hours of gameplay.

This is a masterpiece, and one of my favourite games of all time.
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Serdalis
13.7 hrs
Posted: June 12
Very solid port of the Summoner Game from PS2. Brings back some good memories.
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MMG Man
58.6 hrs
Posted: May 14
Dated interface, controls, and camera. However this is a solid RPG.
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Seven on Seven off
5.1 hrs
Posted: May 12
Well I played five hours in one sitting and I'm afraid to play again in fear for losing time. I loved this game on ps2, and I love this game on PC. Got ambushed and It brought back good memories.
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Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Graphics: Better than real life if you're a gamer in 2001. Think Vice City polygons with a younger looking Cristopher Walken as Joseph (You know he looks like it. Well... needs more Cowbell)

Story: Not Enticing, Not Bad, but Interesting. (I'm trying not to be biased. I'm obsessed with elementals, ant that part is awesome)

Gameplay: Fairly decent. Spell casting is a bit rough around the edges. It is easy to get overwhelmed when the "random "endcounters can suddenly be high level. Battles are a bit painstaking with everyone dodging; on both sides. Getting places will take awhile. Also, getting lost isn't too hard in some places(ahem *cough"catacombs"*cough )

Controls: Work surprisingly well. You really could just play with only your mouse.

Overall Score: 3/5 (4/5 if it was still 2001) Check it out if you like DnD or old ps2 games

This was one of my all time favorite early games for the ps2. It doesn't have the most involved story, or the best graphics. But the D&D feel crossed with its uniquely lazy humor makes it feel like it came out of a DnD campaign as a kid in the 90's with a unique twist(The Rings). I really wish I could have gotten the second one, unfortunately its not on steam.

Oh, and roll to see if the Demon gets drunk(just ...just watch the scene after the credits. Volition... you funny guys, you.)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
l to the mao

shout-out to Le cose fatte bene™
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191 of 200 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Wow i am so glad i tried installing this little game. The simplicity of it is what makes it such a great RPG.

Make sure to install the custom screen resolution patch

http://timeslip.users.sourceforge.net/ (Look at the left side of the web page and scroll down a bit until you see SUMMONER and download the patch)

Open the dinput.ini file and type in your custom resolution and make sure to remove the ; symbol in front
It should look like this
[Main]
;Remove the semicolons from the next line to set a custom screen resolution
ScreenWidth=1920
ScreenHeight=1080
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90 of 105 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
It's been probably eight years since I played this, but I was very happy to see it available on Steam. I played the PC console-port of this game and liked it, for the most part. Keep in mind the graphics are dated, and the engine is dated, but it's still fun to play. I remember running into some graphical glitches and some quest glitches that were annoying, but didn't ruin the game for me. I'm a fan of the Volition games like Freespace 1 and 2 and this game was a fun departure from that game style. That said, I really, really, really hope Freespace 1 and 2 come to Steam! Summoner is a good console game port and is a fun game. I remember the summoning being extremely compelling and it kept me playing all those years ago. I'm looking forward to playing it again!
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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Absolute unknown gem of a game. Before you get it, though, remember that it came out over a decade ago. If you're a graphics ♥♥♥♥♥ look somewhere else, and be aware that it needs a simple (less than 5 minutes) fix to run correctly on modern machines. It has its imperfections but they're heavily outweighed by fun combat that you still have to think about, meaningful skill points, and the basic fun of summoning everything from a floating sword to the incarnation of death to help you in fights.

A quick rundown of the negatives: Has what one might call "old game syndrome" (no auto saves, quests rely on a walkthrough or you being persistant, such as finding an item in a town and you're not given any clue as to where it is, enemies can really spike in difficulty, and other things that games have more or less grown out of) story is a bit predictable at times, some parts of the game drag on for a long time while others you just walk in walk out, if you put skill points into the wrong skills you're at a decent disadvantage, possibly completely screwed if you decided that you would max all wrong skills first, the game's a bit easy, especially if you know or find some of the more exploitative mechanics, the AI is more than a bit dodgy at times, and the voice actor of the main character is honestly so-so

The positives: Loot system as well as exploration feels rewarding, varied gameplay, while there may be a functional best build there is far from only one build to make your characters strong, very nice aesthetics to the game, combat is fun, I only felt it to be grind-y when I was literally grinding to catch up on a few skills before I hit a big boss, you level up frequently enough that you feel like you're constantly improving and if you decide you really need a skill you can get the points fast enough, good plot that has a number of twists, bosses (and a number of regular enemies) are challenging without needing 20 tries to defeat, the summons are very fun to use and can make hard areas easy, and the side quests can also be extremely rewarding
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
I remember having the original disc on the PS2. I think it is one of the best RPGs, and one of the most underrated. It is worth every penny to play this again. Good storyline. They had a second summoner, but in this case i think the first was the best.
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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
Of course I do recommend this game.. Damn it. It's one of the best RPG's I've ever played in my life, I still have it on ps2 and I was thinking about finding games like this because it's impossible to find anything similar today.

There are some RPG's but nothing will ever be compared to it, the storyline, the amount of items/abilities is huge. I never thought about replaying the game because I remember how long it took me to finish it as I like to explore a lot and to take everysingle stuff.

The storyline is great, my overall score for the game would be 10/10. And remember real gamers doesn't care about graphics !

PS: In the same kind of very good rpg there was also Gorly 17, also called Odium but it's a bit more strategical.
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
WoW, once again these old games never cease to amaze! While it is currently debated among some friends, I still think Summoner is the inspiration for Skyrims tale. You are born with a mark that allows you to summon, but not until you get proper training, even the king without an heir (his 4 sons died under strange circumstances, and one idiot move), While some argue this is a storyline of many games and movies, I feel this one is very close to how Skyrim is written

The world appears gigantic, however downside, is there are not enough NPC's to make up for the space. So it feels empty in these otherwise large towns, cities and buildings.

Music is modern - odd choice, you would expect something celtic - but it works - at least for me.

Graphicly, it is the style of the old Gothic RPG, maybe a little less, but the story is amazing and the mechanics are great. The casting of spells have nice animation, and I was pleased to see that most of the A.I. on your team works well. Sometimes you have to make sure they are attacking the right mob, but for the most part they know where to go.

There has been a massive complain that the game runs to fast on modern systems, so with that, I'll post here in this review how to fix that - For $5 its a good buy! Get it.

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---- SLOW DOWN FIX FOR SUMMONER
---- Tested with Win 7 64bit QUAD Core..
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Win7 64bit QUAD Core - Here is a fix I used. Work very nice
If you have tinkered with the V-Sync then you already know thatt is a hit and miss (system dependent)
Changing the Afinnity will not work either, as these games are made to run on single core (sometimes dual core), and will not recognize anything other than that. So using more cores is impossible

Here is a successful option, that works on many games (and some DOS games as well).
I know it works in win7, if you have another OS and can follow this method - please confirm.

CREATE A NEW POWER MANAGEMENT
Go to control panel: In the search box (upper right) type POWER then click "Choose a power plan"
A new split view will open.
Select "Create a New Power Plan" (left side panel)
Select High Performance
And name it something like "Old Games"
Next
Change both settings in the next view to NEVER
Click "Create"

Now you will see your new power setting (now selected). Click on "Change plan settings"
You'll now have a link that says "Change advanced Power settings"
Scroll down to "Processor Power Management"
Change the Minimum Processor State to 1% (YES ONE PERCENT)
Change the Maximum Processor State to 1% (SAME)

Save it, your done.
NO YOUR COMPUTER WILL NOT RUN AT 1% but it will force it to use the lowest possible processor state as most games are run by state of the processor.
Which this will likely be somewhere between 500-800mhz.

during play there were a few (very rare) minor speed glitches, but they lasted a fraction of a second.. sorta like a hiccup. But it plays nice.

Again, this works on my W7 64bit, Quad Core... results may vary on other systems.

Hope this helped at least ONE person so that they may enjoy this classic!!
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59 of 79 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
Loved the game on PS2! All in all good, save the fact the resolution is a bit buggy, no matter which rez i choose, parts of the screen are cut off :(.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
Blast from the past this one, but in a good way. I remember having many late nights playing Summoner on the PS2. The PC port works fine and I suspect will run on fairly low end rigs. The Graphics are a little muddy looking in places but Summoner's not really the kind of game I play for good visuals. Bottom line is -

If your up for a decent RPG experience with slightly dated visuals then for the price you can't really go wrong. Summoner is one of those games you can sink heaps of time into and still only scratch the surface.

Recommended to any fan of old style RPGS!
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