App description: "Avernum: Escape From the Pit is an amazing game which will provide hours of fun. I would even go so far as to say its a nearly perfect example of a role-playing game." -AppleTell
"8/10" - Inside Mac Games
"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
"The games strong writing carries it through, and earns it a place among the greatest indie RPGs. 9.0/10" - Game Chronicles
"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. - 9/10" - 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. 8/10" - 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
"Take this one with you on car trips, use it to replace your TV shows on summer break, whatever. No self-respecting fan of RPGs should be without it." - Technology Tell

Avernum: Escape From the Pit HD is an epic, indie fantasy role-playing adventure. It is optimized for the iPad and features an enormous world, a fascinating story, and 30+ hours of gameplay. Avernum is the first chapter in an epic tale, the story of imprisonment, rebellion, and the struggle for freedom against overwhelming odds.

Avernum: Escape From the Pit features:

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

The Story:

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, who misbehaves, who doesnt 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 even, if you dare, revenge on the surface-worlders who tried to destroy you.

Sanuku's comments:

04-19-2012, 02:15 AM
Originally Posted by Xexist View Post
Never heard of it. Im on the fence (I hate that I care about graphics, but I do care about graphics in some cases). But I am leaning towards trying it based on all the good feedback. (No I havent tried the other one either to compare it to)
Yeah, I was pretty much the same at the start. I wasn't one who previously enjoyed so called "old-school" games. There is a free demo you can try on PC and Mac. That's how I got into it. Personally, I found the more I played, the less I cared about the graphics. It can be... absorbing.

...having an active imagination helps though. The writing is sometimes like playing a tabletop RPG.
04-19-2012, 06:53 AM
For those of you who are on the fence, check out the Windows/Mac demos here:

You can also find a bunch of reviews for the Win/Mac versions with google if you want to read more.

04-19-2012, 08:51 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by dannythefool View Post
For those of you who are on the fence, check out the Windows/Mac demos here:

You can also find a bunch of reviews for the Win/Mac versions with google if you want to read more.
Thanks for the link, will check out later
04-19-2012, 08:59 AM
this is a must have game for ipad! congrats guys!

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04-20-2012, 04:11 PM
I decided to give this a go and I'm really enjoying it. I didn't get Avadon or play any previous incarnation of Avernum but this seems like a great old school PC western-style RPG. I really like the setting, the play system is simple and yet seems to have plenty of room to expand and play with my character choices.

The writing is fairly straight forward but the world seems pretty rich so this isn't a problem. The graphics are pretty good and do the job nicely. And the control generally works well, with my only issue being finding where to tap when upgrading stats on a level up (got it eventually, it was to the left of the plus rather than on it).

If this continues this good, I'll go for Avadon after it.
04-27-2012, 07:26 AM
Well I've been playing quite a bit of this now and I'm loving it. There is so much to it, it feels really vast and the feel of the world is great. It was initially a little overwhelming to be honest but the quest list really helps there, providing clarity when you want it. Loads to explore and discover.

The writing is quite simple, as I mentioned above, and this actually works quite well because for a large part it keeps morality out of it and lets you decide how you want to interpret events. Like, I have cleared a few places out and been rewarded for it and yet there is a part of me that just isn't sure I should have done that.

Anyway, so far this is really good and I very much hope the other Avernum games make it to the iPad too.
04-27-2012, 01:34 PM
Okay, I've finally attained level 30 for my characters and also completed two of the three main quests in Avernum (according to the narrative in the game).

*** Possible Spoilers Below ***
I've destroyed a specific demon and also reached the surface. I decided to stay in Avernum since it stated I had one main quest left. I spoke with Erika and informed the Scimitar but who do I speak with to learn of the final main quest?
05-04-2012, 06:30 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 528
Bought this game as I needed a deep, turn-based RPG on my new iPad. However, the game has no damn screen flip! Am I the only one totally annoyed by this?
05-04-2012, 09:31 AM
What do you mean? Mine flips when I turn my iPad around.
05-04-2012, 04:29 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 528
Originally Posted by dannythefool View Post
What do you mean? Mine flips when I turn my iPad around.
DOH, my orientation was locked! Thanks for the sanity check.

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