This was the first Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) game ever created by the software developer Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI). AD&D was originally a popular fantasy role playing game system developed by a company called TSR, Inc.
. SSI adapted this role playing system to the PC in 1988. Pool of Radiance
was also first of the many AD&D games to follow that are set within the Forgotten Realms
. The game was so successful that it caused TSR to write a novel based on the story in the book.
In the same year, SSI released two more of these newly developed AD&D PC games: Heroes of the Lance
and Dungeon Masters Assistant Volume 1: Encounters
This game used 2 forms of copy protection: Code Wheel lookup at start-up and a Journal to read important text passages.
The game box's cover features a painting by artist Clyde Caldwell
, also used as the front cover to the 1989 novel of the same name as well as to the 1988 RPG module "Ruins of Adventure" inspiring both.
Many of the monster illustrations of the Macintosh version can be found in one of the AD&D 2nd edition accessories, the Monstrous Compendium Volume One.
An Atari ST conversion was advertised, but is generally considered vaporware, the strongest indication probably being the lack of an import option of Pool of Radiance
characters in the sequel (Curse of the Azure Bonds)
which the other versions offer.
A port for the Apple IIGS was also advertised, solid evidence that it was released has yet to emerge.
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- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #49 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking