Avadon 2: The Corruption (Mac) Preview
“As a servant of the Black Fortress, your power is great and your word is law, but you will need all of your skill and cunning to end the civil war that is tearing your land apart.”
Spiderweb Software’s newest fantasy rpg, Avadon 2: The Corruption, puts the power in your hands. Your land is in the grips of a catastrophic civil war. Will you defend your country from the threat within, or join the resistance in the fight for a new order? The choice is yours, but whichever path you choose is sure to be riddled with epic battles and questing galore.
You play as a Hand of Avadon, tasked with assisting in the protection of the land and loyal to your leader, Redbeard. Like any good rpg worth its salt, there are tons of side quests that will keep you busy for hours. The combat is turn-based, meaning you don’t have to be possessed of lightning quick reflexes to conquer your foes. Instead, the emphasis is placed on tactical skill, and a sharp mind is just as important as a sharp blade. Each turn is based on action points available. Any action you want to take, from attacking or casting a spell to equipping armor or using an item, “costs” points. When you’ve used up all your points, your turn is ended. You can end your turn early, if you like, but for the most part your struggle will be how best to use those points to prolong your turn and weaken your enemy. Strategy is key.
There are five different character classes to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and all of them are available in both male and female form. These classes include Blademaster, Shadowwalker, Shaman, Sorcerer, and Tinkermage. The menus and loading screens are very nicely drawn, with bold colors and detailed characters, but the game itself is quite basic in graphic execution. The look and sound of Avadon 2: The Corruption is rather retro, and the somewhat simple environments and opponents serve well to place the emphasis very much on both the story and the decisions that you will make about how it plays out. The dramatic background music serves well to immerse you in the fantastical world in which you play.
Although this is a sequel, no knowledge of the first game (The Black Fortress) is needed to enjoy The Corruption. You can truly pick up and play, and still enjoy all that the this top-down fantasy rpg has to offer. The game is very forgiving of newcomers, and features a very thorough instruction page (accessed through the menu) that will walk you through everything from the background story, to training a character, to combat. Perhaps of most use is the walkthrough of the action buttons used in play, as well as various hotkeys that will make play that much more enjoyable.
Avadon 2: The Corruption is a retro-styled fantasy rpg that brings to mind old favorites like Baldur’s Gate. With a sweeping story line and an emphasis on player choice, it’s a game that is sure to keep you engrossed for hours and hours as you decide the fate of Lynaeus, and the sheer amount of choices available makes it ripe for replaying over and over again. It is slated to release this fall for Windows, Mac, and iPad.