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Pools of Darkness (Amiga)

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Description

Ten years have passed since the events described in Pool of Radiance, and the heroes return to the city where it all started, Phlan. The city is thriving, and looks quite idyllic; but a sinister force is lurking deep in the shadows... After the heroes leave to escort the council member Sasha on a diplomatic assignment, the evil Lord Bane sends four of his most feared lieutenants to destroy the cities of Faerun and twist our dimension. The goal is clear: explore the land and rid it of the evil, by taking on Bane's minions one by one...

Pools of Darkness is the fourth of Gold Box series of classic-style AD&D-based role-playing games. The gameplay is quite similar to other games of this type. At the start of the game, the player creates a party of characters (up to 6). Classic AD&D races (dwarf, elf, half-elf, gnome, etc.), character classes (fighter, paladin, monk, wizard, etc.), alignments (Good/Evil and Lawful/Chaotic axis), and statistics (strength, intelligence, wisdom, etc.) are there for the player to choose and adjust. Once the party is created, the player begins the exploration of the city of Phlan. Upon exiting the city, the player explores a top-down map, visiting dungeons and other locations of interest, as well as engaging in combat.

The turn-based combat is done in similar style as other Gold Box games: the player navigates characters one by one on the top-down battle field, assigning various commands. Experience points are gained after successfully defeating enemies. Enemies appear randomly on the world map as well as in dungeons.


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Pools of Darkness Amiga Encounter with pets
Pools of Darkness Amiga Credits SSI
Pools of Darkness Amiga Credits Micro Magic, Inc.
Pools of Darkness Amiga Start adventure

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The Press Says

Amiga Action Jun, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Jun, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Joker May, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Amiga Format Jun, 1992 53 out of 100 53
Amiga Power Jun, 1992 22 out of 100 22

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Trivia

Copy protection

This game used two forms of copy protection: Manual keyword lookup at start-up and a printed journal to read important text passages.

Novel

Like its predecessor Pool of Radiance, this game also has a book from TSR based on the same story.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best RPG in 1992
Information also contributed by Yakumo
NGC 5194 (17256) added Pools of Darkness (Amiga) on Nov 01, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Andy Voss (1636), Tony Van (2691) and Terok Nor (18355)