Giveaway of the Day - Aveyond: Lord of Twilight

Aveyond: Lord of Twilight
May 13, 2012

A street thief steals an orb and finds herself on the run from an evil vampire lord, intent on plunging the world into darkness and enslaving humanity. Can the Mel, the thief, find safety before the vampire lord finds her? Traverse a vast, snowy wilderness, rugged mountain ranges, and get a glimpse into the Underworld on your adventure. (Orbs of Magic Series, Part I)

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System Requirements: Windows 98+; RAM: 256 MB
Publisher: Amaranth Games LLC
Homepage: http://www.amaranthia.com...
File Size: 60.0 MB
Price: $10.00

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  1. In Brief

    I highly recommend you download this game. It’s the follow up to the second Aveyond game. The difference between today’s game and the earlier ones is that the developer decided to split the third in the seris into a three part story. Today’s game giveaway is the first in the series. A hardened RPG player can expect to get through the complete campaign in around 10 hours. If you don’t usually play RPG games then this may take you a considerably more time to complete.

    If you’ve never played a top down RPG before, then this is a great opportunity to experience a quality game.

    Thanks to Campy for reminding me about the following game. As he points out this could be considered the first in the Aveyond series, though it’s not mentioned. so maybe number 0 in the four part series. Even though it’s quoted as being a three part series, lol. Today’s game give away being the first part of the fourth game. ;-)

    You can find my review of the free part 0 of the game called Arhiman’s Prophesy over in the forums via the following link:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/11843?replies=1#post-101983

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      Main Menu

    Aveyond – Lord of Twilight:

    Installation

    Aveyond – Lord of Twilight downloads to a 60.0MB zip file that unpacks to a wrapped setup and activation module plus a read me that contains details of the installation and the terms and conditions. The game installs to the following path by default but you can change the path to wherever you wish:

    C:/Games/Aveyond 3-1

    Once installed the game uses 66.4Mb of disc space.

    I’ve tested the game on all my installations and it works on XP Pro 32 bit, Vista Home Basic 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit and Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit installations. There’s no shortcut installed so make a note of where you instal the game to so that you can manually create a desktop shortcut. By default it installs to the following path:

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      Dialogue in Dining room

    Registration

    Registration is automatically done when you install the game. You will require an active internet connection to complete activation. If you have any problems see the section below the conclusion entitled “Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems”

    Introduction

    This is a new game o the game giveaway project. Lets hope we get the other two in the series sometime soon. (that isn’t meant to be a hint). As this game is too lengthy for me to do a decent review. I just haven’t had the time to play this, so I’ve cobbled together lots of information from the net such as other reviews, images, videos, walkthrough’s plus some other stuff. That should give you an excellent idea as to whether this is a game for you. If the game doesn’t interest you please tell us why, but don’t give it a negative score just because you don’t like this genre. Thank you.

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      Battle & Heal

    Developers Introduction

    A street thief steals the wrong heirloom and finds herself on the run from a powerful vampire mage.

    In fulfillment of prophecy, the evil sorcerer, Mordred Darkthrop, initiated a series of actions that would eventually see him rule the world. Darkthrop’s reign of tyranny and his lineage ended abruptly, when he and his only son died moments before his goal was realized.The prophecy, however, lingered on.Two hundred years later, young Mel, a common street thief, is about to have her life turned upside down, as another stands determined to succeed where Darkthrop failed, and to see the prophecy to its fulfillment.Solve dozens of adventure puzzles and explore an enchanting world. Lord of Twilight is packed with monsters, magic, and humor. Race from an evil vampire lord, intent on plunging the world into darkness and enslaving humanity. Gather a colorful group of companions and set out together on a quest to thwart his plans. Traverse a vast, snowy wilderness, rugged mountain ranges, and get a glimpse into the Underworld on your adventure.Lord of Twilight is part 1 of the Orbs of Magic series.

    Reference accessed HERE 5th March 2011

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      Aveyond Catacoombs

    The Game

    The story revolves around Mel, a young orphaned thief whose life changes forever when she discovers she’s at the center of an evil prophecy and is being hunted by a ruthless vampire lord. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say it could end very, very badly for humankind.

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      Character Menu System

    The 2-D graphical style is typical of other casual RPGs and classics like the early Final Fantasy games. You’ll explore various towns and the surrounding countryside, which includes forests, mountains, bog, and even snowy terrain. Along the way you’ll talk to people to gain clues and side quests, discover treasure and purchase equipment, and have other like-minded adventurers join your party.

    Combat is turn-based, meaning you select an action for your characters to perform (such as attack, defend, or use magic or special skills), and after the actions are carried out, the enemies take their turn, and so on until the battle is won or lost. In other words, strategy’s the name of the game, not reflexes. There are no random battles in Lord of Twilight either; all enemies are walking around in plain view, so in most cases you can choose whether you want to engage them or simply try to side-step around them. If you fall in battle, the game automatically saves your progress so you can resume from where you left off, which is a nice touch.

    Lord of Twilight lets you control the game using either the keyboard or the mouse, or a combination of the two – whatever feels most intuitive. Although the game is fairly menu-heavy, it doesn’t feel too intimidating. Furthermore, there are three levels of difficulty that allow you to adjust the strength of your party and the enemies you’ll face – a nice touch that makes the game accessible to a wider variety of gamer and adds some replay value for those wanting to test their skill on a higher setting.
    Like all Aveyond games, this one’s graphics are colorful and charming, and its soundtrack is catchy and suitably epic.

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      Village near Witchwood

    My gripes with the game are few. I sometimes felt a bit claustrophobic because the game is organized into a series of connected areas that you must wind your way through to discover new locations, instead of just being able to walk across a zoomed out world map. The handful of times I did emerge into the world map I couldn’t actually go anywhere; presumably that will have to wait until future instalments. I also didn’t find the in-game overhead map particularly helpful in figuring out which direction to walk in. Granted, you’ll eventually unlock teleporters that allow you to travel instantly between towns – for a not insignificant price.

    Other than that, there’s not much to complain about. Amaranth Games has hit on something wonderful with Aveyond, and I’m impressed not only at how willing the studio is to keep adding small refinements and tweaks to make gameplay even better (such as adding mouse support and an autosave), but how rich the community is by offering maps, downloadable “goodies” and other fun stuff to players.

    Like its predecessors, Aveyond: Lord of Twilight is a casual RPG that offers hours of enjoyment. True, it’s not quite long or deep as the first games, but if you’re worried about whether you’re still getting enough bang for your buck, you can put those worries to rest.

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      Thial Mountains

    Aveyond: Lord of Light Wikipeadia:

    You can find the Aveyond: Lord of Light Wiki HERE

    Tips & Walkthroughs:

    You can find loads of tips and walkthroughs HERE, HERE and HERE; as well as a side quest walkthrough HERE
    Goodies walkthrough

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      Cavern town of Ghedahre

    Strategy & Game Guides:

    You can find strategy and game guides HERE and HERE as well.

    General Tips:

    1) … If you find a brown bag, collect it…there are probably gold coins inside.

    2) … If you find a brown chest or a brown treasure chest…open it…there’s probably a valuable item or items inside.

    3) … If you find a blue chest or a pile of dirt…ignore them (or remember where they’re located)…nothing can be done with them in this chapter. They are tools to be obtained in Gates of Night…then you can interact w/ the blue chests and piles of dirt.

    4) … Explore every inch of every map…you’ll never know what you’ll find.

    5) … Talk to every character you come across…you may even want to talk to some of them more than once! This is a good way to obtain clues.

    6) … SAVE, SAVE, SAVE your game after every complete quest, or after every fight, or after you’ve collected a valuable item/s, when you’re getting ready to enter a new location OR all of the above.

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      Spiders Den

    7) … When Mel fights, all members present and future, gain experience points.

    8) … Go ahead…play the optional quests; they make the game more enjoyable. Plus you never know how they may affect the next chapter.

    9) … Later in the game, there are various methods of transportation. Mel can walk to every map location; she can use the Magical Mirror Express (MME) or warp eggs to teleport to select locations.

    10) … View all the bookcases to read book titles; they’re entertaining, they can give you clues in the game and may even be part of a quest somewhere.

    11) … You obtain clues in the game by reading the storyline, speaking with characters, interacting with some objects and viewing the bookcases.

    12) … Each character can NOT use all the equipment available in the game. Part of the challenge of the game is knowing which equipment works best on each character and each enemy.

    13) … If you intend on playing the next chapter, Gates of Nights, it’s best to complete the optional quests.

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      Dwarven Mines

    Equipping your Character

    1) … Right click on the Character Menu Tab from the menu bar. (Second tab from the left with a picture of a face) to open.

    2) … Select Equip on the top left of the screen.

    3) … Choose your character on the right of the screen (in the beginning you can only choose Mel and she starts with a rusty dagger). Another screen will pop-up.

    4) … Left click on the category on the left of the screen (Weapon, Shield, Helmet, Armor, Accessory) you want to equip your character with.

    5) … Right click on the on the equipment you want your character to wear in the equipment panel.

    6) … Exit the menu by right clicking. Then exit the second menu by right clicking.

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      Map of Memory Caverns

    Purchasing & Selling items from the shops

    1) … Select the merchant located in the shop to receive the pop-up menu.

    2) … Select buy, sell or leave.

    3) …Purchase an item by selecting “buy” at the top of the menu, and then select the item you wish to purchase. Use the right arrow key to increase the quantity of the item you wish to purchase.

    4) … Sell an item by selecting “sell” at the top of the menu, and then select the item you wish to sell. Use the right arrow key to increase the quantity of the item you wish to sell (if they are available). Selling unused items is a good way to collect additional gold coins. Items sell for 50% less than their purchase value.

    Select Leave when you no longer want to purchase additional items. This may seem obvious, but if you accidentally click on the selected item again, you’ll purchase an additional item unintentionally.

    If you want to purchase sleep amulets for every active member in your party, you’ll have to purchase 4 amulets. Only one character can use an item at a time.

    Each character can not use all the equipment available…part of the challenge of the game is knowing which equipment works best on each character.

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      Table of Contents for Strategy Guide

    Fighting Monsters

    You should save the game before entering a new area and equip your characters

    1) … There is no way to exit a fight once it begins except by using the Beast repellent found in a chest or for purchase for one time only in Gheledon at the Junk Dealer.

    2) … When a character engages in a fight they gain Experience Points which makes them stronger. All characters in your party gain experience from a battle, including those that are inactive or in reserve.

    3) … Gain enough experience points and your characters increase their levels. The highest level is 99.

    4) … When your characters are hit by enemies they loose health points.

    4) …Try all types of equipment: weapons, shields, helmets, armor and accessories on each character while battling different types of enemies as they all have different affects during fights and will assist you developing the best strategies for your game play.

    5) … The game uses a take-turn fight system; which means only one party member uses a fight action at a time. Also the enemies only attack one turn at a time. Simply put only one character in engaged at a time, all other characters are neutral until it is their turn. When all characters have had a turn it is the end of a cycle, you then reassign an action for each party member. This type of fight system takes strategy…not quick reflexes.

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      Wyrim forest

    6) … When you select the Monster or a monster approaches Mel; a fight begins and a pop-up menu with the following choices of actions will appear:

    i) … Attack: Physical attack against a single enemy. There may more than one enemy in the party; but you fight only one at a time. Additional enemies in a party do not fight against you while you are fighting an enemy. Select attack, and then select the enemy you choose to fight. If there is more than one member in your party, you will have to choose attack for each of your party members if you want them all to attack. You can also choose to have your party members take other actions included in the pop-up menu.

    ii) … Skill: is a magical or non-magical attribute the character is given. Your character has to have the required mana points in order for you to choose a skill. Each character has special skills or magic they can use in fights. Skills are for the selected enemy only. Magic spells can either be for the selected enemy or for the entire enemy party (See Stella’s Character Information in Walkthrough). Select skill and a pop-up window will appear. Then select the skill action you want your character to initiate, then choose the enemy you want the character to use the skill on. Not all skill actions are successful.

    iii) … Defend: the chosen character will not engage in an attack on an enemy on this turn, any hits the character takes from the enemy will only cause half the damage.

    iv) … Item: You can choose to use an item on one or all of your party members (depending on the item selected) OR you can choose to use an item on one enemy or the entire enemy party (depending on item selected).

    Reference accessed HERE May 2012

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      The Companions Exploring Caverns

    Images & Video:

    You can see around 30 + screen captures of the game HERE and several videos below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afGTtm1x9ys (Mel Gets Saved by a Vampire Named Te’ijal – (With Voice Acting) )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBG7w0c2y20 (Walkthrough Part 1)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzilN56L4h8 (Walkthrough Part 2)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2OoFdQNoIw (Walkthrough Part 3)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzSJbXPs7nc (33 Aveyond: Endings SPOILERS!
    )

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      Thial Mountain Cave System

    Conclusion:

    I can’t remember the last time we got an RPG game here at the game giveaway project so this was a welcome change from the usual stuff (though we have had a good run over the past several weeks with some excellent games being given away). This, the first in the Orbs of Magic series introduces us to Mel, a young girl who attempts to save humanity from the clutches of an evil vampire. All the elements you’d expect of a fantasy RPG are here. It’s not Skyrim, The Kingdom of Amalur, The Witcher or the Gothic series, but it’s got it’s own story and there’s plenty of game play elements to keep even the most ardent of role playing gamer’s happy at least for a minimum of several hours. The average player can expect to get at least a full weekend or even a weeks worth of game play out of this game.

    Don’t let the retro style graphics put you off this game. It’s well constructed and very playable.

    You’ll find loads of information online. I’ve only posted links to a few of them. Videos, walk-throughs Strategy guides and tips and trick as well as a good selection of images to give you a good impression of what to expect. check out the slideshow for more images (34 I think). You’ll find them all above as links or as excerpts, hopefully to whet your appetite and not confuse.

    Unlike many arcade games the music for this game is of exceptional quality. It’s classical in nature and really adds to the atmosphere with the music changing pace according to the scenario you are playing.

    A decent tutorial introduces the the game play (which you can switch off via the options menu) & the mouse interface is one of the most user-friendly I’ve come across in a game of this genre. There are loads of colourful icons to help you distinguish the various items you and your companions can carry and because of this the game is very accessible. The MME once activated makes travel a breeze thus taking the grind and frustration out of traveling across the many maps you’ll find in this game (over 130 I think)The battles in Aveyond are turn based and you have a choice of attacking or utilizing a certain skill or item. The sprites are displayed from a static side perspective with a snapshot of the environment in the background.Maps are medium sized and manageable with a few little twists thrown in.The monsters are visible and you can escape most of them and some re-spawn depending on the difficulty.

    You are able to select what mode you wish to play so this game caters for all levels of players. With the additions of plenty of treasure (Goodies) you can play with the best weapons, armour, spells and have a huge amount of gold almost as you begin.

    There are some excellent and enjoyable side quests to follow through, with interesting mini games scattered around, for example the ‘Moo Hatchery’ where you can hatch eggs and collect items from your pets to be used in battle,.

    Personally I think if you give this game a little time even those of you who at first glance think this is rubbish will warm to the game. It’s very well constructed. The graphics although styled on a retro theme are very well done and there’s a lot of variety, implying the developer had brough in a lot of artists to texturize this game. They succeeded admirably and as a result we have got an excellent RPG game that hopefully will go down well with the community.

    I’m a dedicate RPG fan so am rather biased when it comes to such games. Trying to appreciate that not all of the community are going to be as enthusiastic over this game I’d still give it a good 8 out of 10. you can see the elements of my scoring below:

    Scoring:

    Gameplay – 8

    Graphics – 7

    Originality – 7

    Sound – 7

    Re-playability – 9

    Installation – 10

    Total 48 out of 60 = 8 out of 10

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    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

    If you have any problems installing today’s game please go HERE for help.

    If you’re looking for something other than today’s game check the didimatic site via THIS link for some brilliant deals. Steam has an excellent deal on Skyrim with 33% off. There’s also 66% off most of the Tropico franchise. You can get the main game (i.e. Tropico 4 for $13.59/£10.19 you can also get the Portal Bundle for on;y $8.49/£6.11 (thats Portal 1 & 2; Portal 2 now has a levels editor and in the first three days of it coming online there were over 130 thousand custom made levels uploaded for the community to share. You can also get 80% off all three of the Company of Heroes games, that’s only $9.99/£5.39 for all three games, though you can get them cheaper buy buying the gold pack and Tales of Valor (at least in the K)

    There are several other deals available from Steam as well as many more from Gamersgate, Gamestop, Greenman Gaming and GOG; all of which you can find via the Didimatic site, which I’ve linked to above (apart from Greenman gaming.

    You can get Treasures of Persia for free from Realore this weekend and a new game is available from Alawars game box called Discord Times. (You need to install the free gamebox from Alawar to access the free games, which for newcomers change over approximately every month). If that’s not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals. For example, Epic Inventor, Mecha World, OGS Mahjong, Desolate Hope, Zombie Grinder, Insane Zombie Carnage, Oolite, as well as others i mentioned last week for example a superb 3D space game called Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn which is totally free. There’s also updates to games I’ve posted over the last three years as well as several other new postings that include I shall Remain, Counterstrike 2D, a SAM Missile simulator, Arx Libertatis, SCP- Containment Breach (horror), Speed Dreams (motorsport sim), Battlemass (strategy game), Naev (space arena shmup) and a cartoon like shooter called bullet Train, plus many more (well over 2000 free games). The fourth Indie Gala bundle is still live for a couple more days with 10 games included in the bundle if you pay more than the average (whch is around $5). You’ll find details over in the Game discussion forums HERE
    as well. :)

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    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.

    Regards

    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — May 13th, 2012 at 3:01 am
  2. Thanks GGOTD for this game. You made my day! Been wanting to buy it for awhile. Thanks to White Rabbit for all the hard work with the reviews and other things done on this website. Might have comments after I play awhile. Thanks again!

    Comment by Ichoris — May 13th, 2012 at 3:09 am
  3. Happy Mother’s Day

    Hi Whabbit!

    I have the first 2 and I am very happy to see this one here today! What a nice present for Mother’s Day…

    Thanks so much to Amaranth for their generosity and of course to GOTD!

    In your review I hope you can put them in order as I lost track after the first 2, lol

    ……………………………Moderator comment…………………………

    I ave the first one, but not sure whether i have the second. Depends when it was released. I’ve lost track of the arcade gaes i’ve purchased over the last several years.

    I’ve recently been sorting through my email accounts trying to make sense of the thousands of emails that i’ve saved over the years. I’ve been sorting them into categories and have been amazed at the number of games that i’d totally forgotten i’d purchased. :)

    I hope all is well with you. Happy Mothers Day. (We had ours some time ago here in the UK)

    Comment by sukibabe — May 13th, 2012 at 3:18 am

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