avernum-escape-from-the-pit
Metacritic (PC): 76/100
Metacritic (iOS): 81/100
Release: Apr 2012
Reviewed on: PC

Avernum: Escape from the Pit

Site Score
7.5
Good: Old school RPG with story to match –
Bad: UI needs improvements
User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Crawl around the dark dungeons of Avernum: Escape from the Pit as you explore a game that focuses on story elements while also delivering a tough classic RPG. Explore the world in real time while engaging in tactical turn based combat.

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Avernum: Escape from the Pit uses the same setting as previous Avernum games but is still welcoming to first timers. The key area you’ll explore is the subterranean zone ruled over by the Empire, a powerful government regime.

Speak out against the Empire and you’ll be thrown into Avernum where a life of imprisonment and harsh living awaits. This is your crime in Avernum: Escape from the Pit with no appeal process and only a day after being taken in you’re thrown into an Avernum portal.

Your ultimate goal is to escape this place of despair and monsters with prisoners sent here not expected to survive. Along the way you discover that while some of the rumours about what lay beneath are true there is also a thriving nation ready for upheaval.

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Gameplay is mostly linear which is the price you pay for a game with such deep story. That isn’t to say you don’t have options in each situation with a choice driven dialogue tree. The world is also quite expansive with plenty of quests and areas to explore but as a dungeon crawler this is less than comparable completely open games.

Avernum: Escape from the Pit is party orientated with a four party system which can either use the default balanced setup or be mixed and match with your own selection of classes to suit your style. These characters can then be trained in a mix of skills which can be combined with spells and equipment to create your ideal party strategy.

Summary:

  • Explore Avernum, an underground civilisation of prisoners.
  • Choose your team of fighters and mould them as you see fit.
  • Fight up against the Empire and secure your escape.
  • Real time exploration, turn based combat.
  • Play on your computer or iOS device.

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