Magebane 2 is a great 3D single-player freeware RPG designed by Ville Mönkkönen, who also designed the excellent trio of freeware gems reviewed on this site – Wazzal, The Forge, and Bikez II. If the pedigree of these games is any indication, Magebane 2 should be a polished freeware gem with plenty of good 3D graphics. |
And indeed it is. The game puts you in command of three monks on a quest to recover the holy Amulet of Yendor. Each monk masters a different school of magic, and as they gain experience from slaying enemies, you can upgrade their skills. Similar to other fantasy RPGs, Magebane 2 has a good array of magical artifacts to enhance your abilities. The gameplay is smooth, effective, and quite a lot of fun. You give orders in pausable real-time (similar to Wizardry 8 but not as complex), and you can slow the game down tremendously if you prefer turn-based games.
Similar to Magic & Mayhem and more recent titles such as Evil Islands, Magebane 2 is a great combination of the action, strategy, and RPG genres. More spells would have been nice, but as a freeware title that is a minor nitpick. If you enjoy the Rage of Mages style of RPGs or the Warhammer: Dark Omen style of strategy games, check out this fun underdog that offers much more play value than some commercial games.
Note: Check out Mönkkönen's site for the scoop on his later endeavours.
Reviewed by: Underdogs