I played Avadon: The Black Fortress a few weeks ago for about two hours. Unfortunately I didn’t feel like writing about it at the time and – being the professional writer that I am – apparently didn’t take any notes. So here it goes:
I expected Avadon: The Black Fortress to be just another Spiderweb Software game, meaning it’s a hardcore, old school RPG with an even more old school (aka ‘cheap and outdated’) presentation, but an overall solid experience. It turned out I was wrong. I remembered that I had played the game before – on an Android tablet, which explains why this still looks outdated, but is a much more simplified and dumbed down experience to the usual Spiderweb Software RPG shenanigans.
I didn’t like it much. It’s not that it felt like a bad game to me – I just found it to be so very uninteresting. The writing is okay, but as original as the average D&D-session you had as a teenager at that moment in time when you thought you’d somehow come to terms with the fact, that you’d stay a virgin forever. There’s no tactical challenge in the very simplified magic and turn-based combat system. There isn’t any interesting skill or character development. There’s just nothing that make me want to go on. I even have trouble writing these few words.
If an Android tablet is the only device you own and if you never had contact with a genre called ‘fantasy’, be it in a movie, a novel or a video-game, and if you’re in a place where it’s okay for you to maybe never have sex with anyone besides yourself, Avadon: The Black Fortress might be the game for you.