Avadon: The Black Fortress HD is a turn based R.P.G. and is released by Spiderweb Software.
The game puts you in control of a character who has been called to The Black Fortress to help your people protect their homelands.
You create your character from one of four character classes and name the character, but apart from this you have no control over the character that is created. It is when you go up levels you are able to customise and make the character your own.
You can adventure with other and explore dungeon and complete quests. Outside of combat the game is free flowing with you tapping on an area of the screen you wish the character to move to and they go there. Once in combat, the same view is used, but things become turn based with all characters having action points, and being able to move, attack, use items etc.
There is cetainly plenty to see and do in this game, with dozens of items and monsters to find and encounter.
The game claims that as you make decisions in the game it will effect the final ending of the game.
The game is controlled by tapping on the screen to move around, and you can drag to see the area around you. In combat you tap of the square you wish to move to, or the square that contains the attacking creature. There are several menu keys at the bottom of the screen to select weapons and abilities from.
The graphics and sound are good. The title track I had to turn down as it was a little too loud. The graphics are general well done, especially the still pictures, but the in game graphics are a little on the small side.
On the upside:
- Excellent turn based strategy game
- Good overall story line.
- Lots of do, this will keep you going for a while.
On the downside:
- User interface is a little picky at times do to the small size. You may move by mistake or mistapped an option.
- It would be nice to pitch zoom in a little, especially in combat.
- A few minor bugs, like I selected a person to follow me down a dungeon, the game locked, so I restarted and I was down in the dungeon alone without any help.
- No back buttons on leveling, I accidently clicked on a skill twice and could not undo.
Overall, I enjoyed this game. It is a much more “texty” R.P.G. than many, as it wants you to get an idea of storyline and history, rather than just point and punch. It is clear from the design and user interface this game would be more at home on the Mac, however, I thank the developers for bringing it to the iPad platform, and hope that they will be able to improve the UI in later updates. If you are a fan of R.P.G. games (especially turn based ones) you need to add this one to your collection.
Size: 106 MB
Price (at time of review): £5.99