Longtime Mac game developer Spiderweb Software has announced the release of
Avernum 3, its latest fantasy role-playing game for the Macintosh.
Avernum 3 completes the Avernum trilogy, a remake of Spiderweb’s earlier Exile series, redone with a new graphics engine and new story elements. The game features what Spiderweb bills as “an enormous scenario” with more than 100 towns, villages and dungeons to explore.
Avernum 3 is a dynamic RPG in which the situations evolve and character rosters change. “Refugees move from town to town. People die. If nothing is done, towns will crumble into dust,” said the developer.
Avernum 3 is a wholly independent adventure game that doesn’t require experience with the first two installments to play. The game picks up the Avernum story when scouts from the underground world of Avernum lead the campaign to return to the surface, only to find a world “ravaged by mysterious plagues and hordes of bizarre monsters.” Indeed, the populace of Avernum — once the prisoners of the Empire above — must team together with their former foes in order to find out what’s happening and put and end to it.
Available for download as a demo version, Avernum costs US$25 to register, or $32 with a hint book. The game runs on Mac OS X in Classic mode, but Spiderweb said that an OS X-native version would be released in late summer. For more details, visit the Web site.