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  • genre role-playing / fpp / fantasy
  • download size 355 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 153 user ratings.
  • release date October 31, 1995
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher DreamForge Intertainment / Ubisoft
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • avatar
  • manual
  • reference card
  • soundtrack
  • wallpaper

What's cool about it:

  • A tough, but accessible to newer players, classic RPG with a vast world to explore!
  • Features a "learn by doing" skill system without the need to collect and grind for experience points.
  • Customize your character as you see fit as there are plenty of character stats to fine-tune to your liking.


The world of Tempest is in need of a champion! You have been summoned to embark on a noble journey to save all of humanity from an evil fate. You must keep your wits about you, your sword must stay sharp and ready, and your spells charged as you forge through Tempest's massive landscape. Descend into the maws of many a dark and dangerous dungeon in search of your quest's end.

You'll have at your disposal more than 25 spells and items of great power, each drawing upon one of the elemental forces such as earth, wind, fire, and lightning. Whether you prefer a more tactical approach or attack all-swords-swinging, Anvil of Dawn features a hybrid of real-time and turn-based combat to satisfy your needs. Remember, your choices and actions affect the ebb and flow of combat so think, and act, wisely. Are you prepared to pay the ultimate price, to steal away the gift of a dark god, and journey to the Anvil of Dawn.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9, Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.1

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Posted on 2013-05-14 09:49:13 byCormac.244's avatarCormac.244:

I just jumped right out of my seat when I saw this title released! One of the true great exploration fantasy games! This game is like Eye of the Beholder with outdoor areas, Lands of Lore with better art, Shining in the Darkness with underwater regions to explore and with the sometimes creepy atmosphere of Stonekeep. Fun game with lots to do and a game that's great for creatingread more that, "I wonder what's around the next corner" feeling. One of my favorite games of all time, right up there with the M&M Series and Wizardry! This is exactly the sort of game I hope to see on GOG, and one that truly is a "Good Old Game"!!

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A dark, beautiful game

Posted on 2013-05-14 10:47:28 byNotJabba's avatarNotJabba:

Your mileage may vary, but I love this game to death. As with most grid-based RPGs, the combat leaves something to desire and can get pretty repetitive, but to me, that's the only downside, and it takes a back seat to the game's good points. The game is gorgeous and has a sense of aesthetic like none other. The music is moody, the graphics are vivid and well crafted, and theread more story is engrossing despite its simplicity. I loved the dialogue--I believe your character will say the same things no matter which of the five you choose, but your protagonist has a wry, witty personality that really adds to the mood of the game. There's a strong sense of isolation and impending doom throughout--regardless of which character you choose, you'll come across the other playable protagonists over the course of the game, and most of them will be gasping their last breaths.
In addition to the combat, the gameplay consists mainly of solving dungeon puzzles and retrieving quest items. I found the puzzles to be varied and to have just the right amount of challenge while still being intuitive to solve. The interface is very well designed and easy to use, especially compared to many games of its time. Anvil of Dawn is an often overlooked classic that deserves to be played.

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A mediocre entry in the genre

Posted on 2013-05-14 06:48:56 byRaggieRags's avatarRaggieRags:

Anvil of Dawn is a real-time grid-based RPG. It's closest relatives are games like Lands of Lore and Stonekeep, the most streamlined games of the genre. Anvil is definitely not an RPG for min-maxers, looters, or role-players. Instead it offers puzzles and dungeon exploration for both newbies and experienced players alike.
Anvil is a bit of a mixed bag and doesn't quite reach theread more level of Lands of Lore. Anvil is good-looking, it has the best auto-map I've probably seen in any RPG, it has a very nice variety of environments, it's very easy to get into, and it has a very effective, oppressive atmosphere. On the other hand, it is poor at prompting (expect some aimless wondering), the music is mediocre, the puzzles and fighting somewhat repetitive, the inventory management is poor and some spinner puzzles are the most aggrevating I've ever seen. Probably the most annoying aspect for me personally was that you can't rest in the game, and your health and magic points regenerate reeeeaaally slooowly. You'll get a healing spell at the beginning of the game, but it's ridiculously ineffective until very late in the game. Especially in the beginning dungeons I had to leave the game running alone once in a while to regenerate my character. Needless to say this really killed the pacing of the game.
Anvil of Dawn was, for me at least, a reasonably fun but a little underwhelming distraction. I did like it better that Stonekeep, but Lands of Lore is better by far despite being older.

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