Airik the cleric
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Airik is what many people have long wanted in an audio game, a full scale, epic fantasy adventure, somewhat resembling the well known Zelda series.
The sky village in the Kingdom of Aunegauv has enjoyed a long period of piece, with Sightless cleric warriors training their skills in combat at the temple, ---- assisted by their floating memory bot helpers. However Darkness is gathering around the borders of the land and a conspiracy threatens violence and war. Currently, most of the Clerics are off on an expedition with the country's king, meaning that when the Hammer of Veridean, a powerful ancient artifact is stolen from the Sky temple, it's up to the young apprentice Airik and his sarcastic memory bot scout to try and get it back. There are however synister forces behind the theft, and it might prove that Airik is more than he seems.
During the game you will step into Airik's shoes and hopefully with scouts' help and strategic use of your combat sensor staff, be able to reclaime the missing hammer and find out more about the conspiracy threatening the Kingdom.
Most of the game takes the form of exploring many locations by walking with the arrow keys, up for north, right for east etc. You can also use Scout to see what's around you by hitting f and an arrow. Enemies, gaps to jump over, switches and locked doors will stop you getting to other areas of the game, and you'll need to use Airik's special abilities or find items in order to locate them, a task made hazardous by Spikes, lava and of course monsters trying to kill you.
the game features a degree of combat, and several of the techniques you learn such as energy shield and floor smash can be used to defeat enemies, but what you'll find yourself doing much of the time is hunting Aunegauv for items, engaging in quests given to you by other characters in order to advance the story or unlock the way to new areas, and especially searching for those all important crystals and hearts needed to upgrade Airik's abilities and health.
thus the game offers many hours of gameplay wandering through dungeons, mountains, forests and even the beach, complete with side quests, and random activities you can do such as fishing thrown in.
Currently, Airik is self voicing with recorded synthetic speech (though this is likely to change in the future), thus no screen reader is needed to play, however note that at the moment the game only runs on Windows vista and 7, though an xp specific release is planned. Also, the game does not run well on a system with a small amount of ram, lack of free space or slower processer, see the System requirements here These include (unusually for an audio game), a requirement for graphics card, sinse unlike most audio games, Airik tracks video elements and just gives them sounds.
The above link will download from sendspace a demo of the game, which will let you play through the first dungeon area and even take on the first boss. When you buy the game, a download link for the full version will be sent to you, ---- as will links to any upgrades. the game costs 14.99 usd to buy, which (when you considder it's size0, is a pretty good price.
With more games chronicling Airik's adventures, some apparently due to take a different bent in gameplay from the current action adventure, as well as frequent updates to Airik itself which add new areas, new sounds and (as announced by Pawlosoft), voice acting, this is certainly good news for adventuring fans.
You can Read the players guide here Which details the keyboard commands and gives some tips on playing, also in the Faq section found here you'll find answers to a lot of the most common technical and gameplay questions, including boss stratogies.
Updates: entry 25 Jan 17 and description 25 Jan 17