Game Update – Avernum: Escape From The Pit

Current completion – 77%

Game review – My review of the original Avernum games can be found here.

For those that aren’t aware of this, I’ve been a big fan of Spiderweb Software‘s games for years – decades, even. Perhaps part of my liking of them is because they are based out of Washington State (where I grew up). But I think it’s mainly because they specialize in isometric, turn-based role-playing games. As I have often said, Spiderweb games are about as close as you can get to a tabletop experience without having to find an emulator to play the original TSR Gold Box games (and if you know what I’m talking about without having to look it up, you’re probably an old gamer like me).

Avernum: Escape From the Pit is a remake of the first Avernum game, which in turn is a remake of Exile: Escape From the Pit. The first Exile game, which was also Spiderweb’s first game, was released in 1996, and quickly gained a following – partially because of its native Mac support. Back with Exile I managed to get to one of the three endings (escape to the surface). Now, with the newest version, I am on the edge of getting all three of the end-game quests completed.

In order for me to get 100% of the achievements in this game, I’ll have to play through it on the harder difficulties, though – something I may try later on, but not now. Once I finish the game once, I’ll let it chill for a bit and play other games for a while. Probably something in a different genre (I have a few platformers I need to complete).

My review of the original series is posted above. The only real difference between the remake and those is that the remake has better graphics, a new quest, and revamped skills and spells. Otherwise, the plot is identical. If you’re into role-playing games like I am, you really can’t go wrong with the Avernum games.

At this point, my current overall game completion percentage on Steam is at 53%. It’s been holding there for a while. I think that, after I’m done with Avernum, I may have to find a game (or two) that I have less than 53% completion and try to bump it up over that number. It shouldn’t be too hard to nudge up that percentage, given enough time. I hope to get it over the 70% mark eventually. It’s just a personal challenge that I’m trying to hit.

You gotta have goals, right?

Until next time, keep on gaming!

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