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Avencast: Rise of the Mage


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"A great game, a blend of Diablo style, puzzling and console game"
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Avencast is the name of the magic academy in which the game is set. Your character is a young apprentice in this academy, and apart from choosing your name, the level difficulty and camera style, everything else is set. This does not detract from the game, instead it keeps the action fast paced and flowing.

The only choice of class(Mage) is actually more diverse than it would appear, being able to choose a mix of the Blood (Melee), Soul(Ranged) or Summoning(Pets) trees. It is worth noting that it is not a typical point and click adventure, in that your spells do not automatically hit their target. While the game gets you to specialise in either Soul magic or Blood, and with the intelligent AI (dodging, defending themselves) the game will still prove challenging even on the easiest of settings.

The camera style is one of the more interesting elements of the game, I personally found that the “always behind” setting to be a bit glitchy, and ended up choosing the freedom to move it myself. Once mastered it was beautifully slick and helped with the truly immersive feel, showing off the fantastic graphics that this game offered.

Overall many hours of fun and enjoyment, just don't expect a traditional Role Playing Game.


As an apprentice, the player is expected to complete a number of diverse quests to hone their skills in potions, spell casting, weaponry, and melee combat. As the story unravels, your character's purpose becomes clear –things at the academy are not as they appear and when Avencast is descended upon by demonic hordes the very survival of his world is at stake. Armed with over 60 different combat moves and spells, and over one hundred different equipment items plus variations, the player must fight various nightmarish creatures and transcend dimensions into the past. The intriguing plot thickens revealing treachery, deceit, the tragic destiny of a forgotten people, and an astonishing truth that will forever change the battle scarred Wizard.

  • Many hours of exciting gameplay set in diverse worlds
  • Over 30 Fantasy Based Monsters with Advanced A.I.– Each with their own combat strategies, attacks, and defensive moves, their reactions are dependant upon the player's behavior, attack strategy, and even health
  • Strong Player Personification – In third person view, the character's appearance changes as they acquire new equipment, armor, and weapons
  • State-of-the-art 3D Engine not only allows for a fluid combat system but also generates special lighting and shadowing effects for a fully engaging experience. Players are immersed into ominous settings like dark dungeons with looming pillars and large corridors; creatures are more imposing with their highly detailed silhouettes
  • Learn Special Moves from Different Skill Trees – Blood Magic (elementally charged blows with varying speeds, ranges, and damage properties) and Soul Magic (covers all kinds of ranged magic spells allowing better area control) – both allow players to summon reinforcements during combat
  • An RPG by mechanics, but also a game that can be enjoyed by a broad range of players – RPG, Action, and Adventure

System Requirements:

OS: Windows(r) XP / Vista(tm)
CPU: 2.2 GHz Intel(r) Pentium(r) or 2200+AMD(r) Athlon(tm) processor
RAM: 512 MB (1GB for running on Windows Vista(tm))
Video: GeForce FX 5700 or better / ATI Radeon 9700 or better
Sound: DirectSound(r) compatible
Available Hard Disk Space: 4.4 GB
DirectX(r): 9.0c
Release date NZ
December 6th, 2007
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