Anvil of Dawn

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Anvil of Dawn
Anvil of Dawn cover art
Developer(s) DreamForge Intertainment
Publisher(s) New World Computing
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release October 31, 1995
Genre(s) Computer role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player

Anvil of Dawn is a 1995 fantasy role-playing video game developed by DreamForge Intertainment and published by New World Computing.[1] In 1996, Computer Gaming World named it as their roleplaying game of the year.[2]


The game was released 1995 for MS-DOS and was one of the last of the classical DOS RPGs with blockstep movements and semi-3D environment. The game presents a real-time, three-dimensional view from the character's perspective. It was released on CD and features fully spoken dialogue and several pre-rendered cutscenes. The player controls only one character throughout the game, which is chosen at the beginning from 5 different heroes.[3] The other characters can then be met in the game also trying to fulfill the quest. The game is mostly action oriented but also contains some puzzles. There are no experience points as the character gets better through using his abilities and spells. It also features several different endings.


The game plays in the world of Tempest. The civilization had been overrun by an evil warlord and the last castle of the good is under siege. The player's character is then teleported in the already occupied and devastated land, where he strives to fulfill his quest to defeat the warlord and his minions.


Game critics were generally positive, pointing on the motivating gameplay.[4]


  1. ^ Anvil of Dawn Manual. New World Computing. 1995. p. 3. 
  2. ^ Staff (June 1996). "1996 Premiere Awards". Computer Gaming World. Ziff-Davis Publishing C. 143: 55–67. 
  3. ^ Scorpia (February 1996). "Champions of Might and Magic: New World's Anvil of Dawn casts quite a spell". Computer Gaming World. Ziff-Davis Publishing C. 139: 107–111.  See also the advert on pp. 8–9.
  4. ^ "Compiled magazine conclusions on the game on". Mobygames. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 

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