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  • Summary: Avencast: Rise of the Mage is a Role Playing Game set in a perilous fantasy world. The player begins his journey as an adept attending the renowned magic academy – AVENCAST – a place of learning in a world of wizardry, wonder and untold mystery. When Avencast is descended upon by demonic hordes the very survival of his world is at stake. While the hero grows in power and becomes a battle scrarred mage, he must fight off nightmarish creatures and transcend dimensions into the past to track down his own destiny. Avencast: Rise of the Mage is a game accessible to both novice RPG players while still challenging core RPG and Action fans with a variety of skills and strategies. [LightHouse Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 81
    If you're looking for a short, fun, single-player romp through magical realms on your PC, this game is a great choice to satisfy that urge.
  2. These concerns aside, Clockstone Software has crafted a magically entertaining spell-casting experience--and an unexpectedly decent game. [Apr 2008, p.67]
  3. This is a single-player title that would do well to introduce newer players to the genre, but will give veterans a nice old-school experience.
  4. Technically Avencast got everything right: fighting is fun, interface is functional and the game has beautiful graphics; especially the spell effects are great. But the game itself is too simple, it’s almost completely hack’n slash. The action gets repetitive pretty fast, storyline is horrible collection of clichees and most of the spells are unnecessary. Still, if you’re a huge Diablo, Nox, Sacred, etc. fan, you might find Avencast attractive. [Jan 2008]
  5. 70
    With so many typical fantasy RPGs coming out all the time, it’s nice to see something a little different in Avencast Rise of the Mage. Despite the cliché setting and plot, it manages to differentiate itself well by incorporating environmental puzzles and an action-oriented control system.
  6. At the end of the day Avencast is a solid action role-playing game with some great puzzles and a combat system that tries to do things differently.
  7. There are bigger, better and cheaper RPGs out there. [Jan 2008, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 1, 2014
    I believe that this game is the very definition of a hidden gem. The combat is fun, pretty and your different spells have different effects. The story is great since you are starting of small and then it just keeps growing and into something epic. To many games undervalue the mage but this one gives you a glimpse of what they can be. Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2013
    Great game, much under appreciated. Such a hidden gem, i recommend it to anyone for its great fun, interesting combat system. Its one of those games you didn't expect to be much but then you are surprised. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    I personally loved the game. The scenario is very good but rather typical, the gameplay adds action and rpg elements to create something most entertaining and the graphics are sooo awsome ! The only drawback is that I found it TOO hard, even on normal difficulty. Anyway, I would recommend it to any guy who likes fantasy stories and has a lot of patience Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2011
    if you like fantasy action RPG , then I reccomand Avencast Rise of the Mage for you.
    good action , good graphic , nice sound , good levels ,
    good system. this masterpiece is perfect for fantasy action RPG fans. Expand
  5. May 15, 2012
    I say that this is a game very difficult to play for the first time, and is very scary!
    Still, you have an arsenal of spectacular spells and
    the graphic makes this beautiful.
    But it's too short, once you have done everything, to replay the game is boring.
    But it works!
  6. Oct 16, 2013
    Sadly this didn't do much for me at all. Sure, there are worse RPGs out there, but you know... there are SO many better ones, and given the wealth of games on the market, I'd say there's a lot more on your list before you get down to this one. Expand
  7. Jul 22, 2013
    i don't want to waste any time for this "game".
    should be enough sayin it's a more of the same (H&S talkin) but:

    - 3 Different view
    perspective. One worst than the other.
    - A very static combat gameplay (it should be one of the major point in an H&S)
    - A story so absurd that should be better a more linear cliché instead.

    One of the worst game i've ever played. And i've played a lot since 1980.