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Geneforge is a series of nostalgic & fantasy A-RPG small indie games develop by Spiderweb Software (as one of its five representative works) for Windows and Mac OS. The whole game series consists of five chapters (Geneforge, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, and Geneforge 5: Overthrow), and their story line is coherent but non-linear gameplay with different endings.
Geneforge attracted a lot of true game players around the world through its tiny game size, super rich game content and pretty high degree of gaming freedom. But it should be noted that, do not expect Spiderweb Software’s game works could bring you the deluxe game graphics or sound effects. Instead, they have been deliberately limited so as to get more attentions focused on the game itself.
Geneforge 1 is the starting work of the whole series, released for Windows in 2002. This work takes player to the world of Shaper, and the story line of the entire Geneforge series is therefore introduced from this work.
In Geneforge 2, a riot seriously affects the relationship between Shapers and their creatures. The number of maps in Geneforge 2 is the maximum in the whole series. Compared with Geneforge 1, it also adds 3 kinds of creatures that players can make, as well as several new spells.
The story of Geneforge 3 happens in a chain of islands. As a consequence, the terrain and physiognomy of each area are complicated and changeable. In addition, this work also upgraded the game engine, so that player can team up with two NPCs for together fighting, and you are allowed to use the forging system to upgrade your equips.
In Geneforge 4, the war between the Shaper and the Rebel finally enters the white-hot state. Different from predecessors, this time players no longer play the role of a primary Shaper, but as one member of Rebel. Two NPC companions in previous work have become the new leader of two rival gangs respectively. As a consequence, Players are not allowed to play as one of three classic occupations of Shaper (Shaper, Guardian, Agent), but you can choose one from the five brand-new occupations of Rebel, including the Servile with extremely powerful physical attacks.
In addition, Geneforge 4’s game engine was upgraded again, so it supports larger resolution, larger maps and icons taking smaller screen area. All of these make the window area displaying player status is less crowded. Also, Geneforge 4’s graphics effects were improved a lot, increased better character movements/actions design and more smooth in-game cut-scenes than the first three works. By the way, the magic attacks were increased some particle effects. Although the overall graphics is still relatively simple and crude, just this kind of humble and unpretentious effects appropriately rendered the great atmosphere of the whole game.
Geneforge 5 is the last work in the whole Geneforge series. Different from the first four ones, in Geneforge 5, you can choose both three classic professions of Shaper and six new professions of Rebel (Warrior, Infiltrator, Servile, Lifecrafter, Shock Trooper, Sorceress). A total of nine professions that mainly focus on three aspects of abilities: Physical Attack, Magic Attack and Monster Summoning. At this point, players finally are able to choose any professions at will according to their favors and habits.
As the last work of the whole series, the graphics of Geneforge 5 got greater progress, including the improvements of resolution, detailing of action, and the beautification of cut-scenes. In terms of game plot, it is more like the first and second works, and you have more than seven factions to join. Unlike the third and fourth parts, in which you can only choose to join either the Shaper or the Rebel.
// Key Features //
Enormous world, with over 80 areas to explore.
Choose among five different factions, each with its own beliefs, cities, and quests. Help the rebels or fight them. Your choices will shape the world.
Dozens of different endings. Choose for yourself how the saga will finally end.
Many paths to victory. Slay your enemies or use stealth and diplomacy to outwit them. Become engrossed in the storyline or just go out and wreak havoc.
Lots of replay value.
Prior experience with the Geneforge series is completely unnecessary.
// Edition Statement //
AppNee provides the Geneforge complete works collection (equal of The Geneforge Saga, including Geneforge 1-5) portable full registered versions for Windows (all-in-one and separate).
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|The Geneforge Saga (Geneforge 1-5)||n/a||Portable | Setup | Image||75.5 MB | 106 MB | 136 MB|
|Geneforge 5: Overthrow||v1.0.2dx||26.3 MB|
|Geneforge 4: Rebellion||v1.0G||19.8 MB|
|Geneforge 3||v1.0G||12.8 MB|
|Geneforge 2||v1.0.2G||11.0 MB|
|Geneforge Artworks||n/a||12.6 MB|
|Geneforge Avatars||n/a||289 KB|
|Geneforge Manuals||n/a||1.60 MB|