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:




04-03-2012, 07:57 AM
#11
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Toronto Canada
Posts: 785
Has anyone played both on the Mac and can compare Avadon vs. Avernum?
04-03-2012, 08:01 AM
#12
Well, couldn't help myself grabbing this, and it's just as it appeared. Avadon all over again. Same engine, same menu system, same combat system, different story. In a nutshell, that's what you're getting. Whether that is a good thing or not depends on your perspective. For mine, I think they're both very good games, but if you've not yet finished one, (and want more of the same) there's probably not much point in getting the other - which was precisely the qualm I had.

04-03-2012, 08:12 AM
#13
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Czech Republic, Ostrava
Posts: 616
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Originally Posted by Zanshou View Post
Is this game related to avadon or is it a whole new serie? Didnt play avadon yet but im planning to do so!
It uses similar engine, but story is completely different.

Ipad Air 2 sold! back to PC master race!
04-03-2012, 08:55 AM
#14
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Originally Posted by spajdr View Post
It uses similar engine, but story is completely different.
Exactly,but i think its story,quests and character building is why rpg fans love these games so much,i like that you can create a party of four right from the start rather than collect two more along the way as you did in Avadon.
04-03-2012, 09:30 AM
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=Captive;2209112]Exactly,but i think its story,quests and character building is why rpg fans love these games so much,i like that you can create a party of four right from the start rather than collect two more along the way as you did in Avadon.
I think it is a matter of extent. I just spent an hour or so with this game, and the bottom line is it just feels too familiar. It isn't "similar" to Avadon, it fees like I am playing the exact same game.

Now, obviously both games are ports, and I've no idea how they fall chronologically as far as their original releases go, or indeed how many others have been churned out with the same cookie cutter. However, when viewed within the context of their existence on the iOS, particularly in light of the fact that this is supposed to be an entirely different game as opposed to a sequel, it strikes me as being a tremendously lazy, bordering on cynical, effort.

Now, we can either take the "beggars can't be choosers" stance, (yes, both of these games are currently without similar competition on the iOS) or dare to ask for more. I'm drawn towards the latter.
04-03-2012, 09:34 AM
#16
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: The Westcountry UK
Posts: 510
I must be very app-attuned. Earlier today I was just remembering Spiderweb's promise of another iPad game in the New Year

...Screw Buttons
04-03-2012, 09:39 AM
#17
Ugh...my GOTW?

Game Center: Diligence
04-03-2012, 09:58 AM
#18
Great addition to the Avernum Saga!

You have to love RPG's like this that come with little warning. It's phenomenal, extremely long, and offers a ton of content for the price of a movie ticket.

Avadon was wonerful. It offered everything this new title offers, but if you've beaten it, moved on, etc. than it's about time to get invested in Avernum: it has a totally new story, new characters, and new gameplay / character elements. This game looks wonderful on the new iPad, and offers so much depth and story-rich content you'd have to have hated Avadon to not want to get this new entry...

Is it a completely different game engine, NO, but it is a completely different game. So if familiarity in game engines scares you, then by all means save your money for Baulder's Gate which should be arriving late this summer or in the Fall.

Personally I'll be buying both, and Avernum: Escape From the Pit will hopefully hold me over until another great RPG comes out! And from the looks of it nothing like this is even close on the horizon.

Last edited by Zedd2011; 04-03-2012 at 12:59 PM.
04-03-2012, 10:22 AM
#19
what people see interesting in this game
04-03-2012, 10:33 AM
#20
i haven't played avadon or avernum yet, but if i had to choose one, which should i go with?? should i just jump into avernum to be part of the crowd playing currently and be able to talk about it?? does one game have a more engaging or darker story than the other??

seeing as how the gameplay and engines are similar, maybe someone out there has played enough to shed some light and let us who haven't played and are on the fence between the two make a better decision??

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