I recently restarted playing M. Sekiya’s freeware game Avaris which I found years ago and thought that it might be nice to introduce this rather obscure little game here.
Avaris pits you as the captain of a band of mercenary swordsmen and archers hired for the defense of the city of the same name (not sure it refers to the same Avaris of yore which the ancient Egyptians under Pharaoh Ahmose I liberated from their hated conquerors the Hyksos). No mention is made on the identity of your allies nor the invaders although the enemy infantry certainly does look a bit like the ancient Egyptian deities (at least to me), the snouted warrior resembling Set, the headgear of the archer resembling Osiris and the general himself resembling Amun respectively.
The game starts with the city of Avaris under siege and you being paid to assist in lifting the siege and eventually bring the battle to the enemy capital.
Before every battle, you can buy a better sword and/or shield for yourself before heading into the fray with your band of trusted mercenaries. Together with the allied armies (light blue in the mini-map), your mission is to eliminate the enemy’s general while protecting the general of your allies.
Skrimishes and melees occur automatically so your objective in each battle is to manuever your avatar and your small force of men to exploit and attack the weak points in the enemy armies (e.g the flank) while allied armies occupy and fix them in position. If you prefer a more aggressive style of play, you can charge straight into the army of the enemy general and cut him down before the sheer numbers overwhelm you and put an end to your mercenary career. Vanquishing an enemy general through your own personal valour also rewards you with an additional warrior to your warband.
Any other enemies that you and your mercenaries dispatch on the field of battle also adds to your experience level which will increase your hitpoints (Comes in really handy when all your men have been slain and you’re in hot pursuit by an entire enemy army ).
And what if your allies are crushed and start routing? Just keep out of reach of the pursuing armies until the battle ends (each battle lasts around 2 minutes of real time or until either general is killed) and live to fight another day
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