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Description

In the Northern parts of Faerûn the winter never ends. In this harsh realm of ice only a few tough survivors live, and nowadays even those hardy few find the conditions a tad tougher. A party of adventurers has just arrived at the small fishing town of Easthaven. Its leader Hrothgar organizes an expedition to help a troubled nearby tree-village, Kuldahar. The party joins the expedition, but an ambush by frost giants causes an avalanche, killing everyone but the heroes themselves. Now they must continue Hrothgar's quest and discover the source of the evil that threatens the land.

Icewind Dale is a party-based role-playing game with real-time combat, very similar in visual style and basic gameplay mechanics to Baldur's Gate. The game utilizes the second edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. As opposed to Baldur's Gate (and similarly to older AD&D RPGs), the player is free to create a party of up to six characters belonging to various races and classes; no characters inhabiting the game world are able to join the party afterwards. Compared to Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment by the same developers, Icewind Dale is more combat-oriented; it has a linear plot advancement and focuses on extensive exploration of hostile areas rather than conversations with characters and quests.

Screenshots

Icewind Dale Windows A wizard is summoning those big, heavy guys to fight my party
Icewind Dale Windows Another day, another hallway, another statue. This game pretty much keeps you in the dungeons all the time
Icewind Dale Windows Mage spells - they sure are a colorful lot
Icewind Dale Windows The pre-rendered graphics are very nice. I don't think I'll need protection from evil here, no matter in what radius

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Alternate Titles

  • "冰风之谷" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "冰風之谷" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "Bingfeng zhi Gu" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Old times recaptured Windows Unicorn Lynx (174046)
Excellent break from the Baldur's Gate series. Windows OlSkool_Gamer (99)
Ooohh … now I remember this! An adventure gal revisits the RPG genre Windows Jeanne (75361)
Not just another overrated RPG Windows Sam Tinianow (98)
Wonderful RPG with a twist Windows The Gay Elf (14)
Superb RPG - But it lacks the soul of AD&D Windows Indra is stressed (19939)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 30, 2000 90 out of 100 90
PC Gameworld Windows 2000 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Apr 08, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
FiringSquad Windows Jul 18, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Fragland.net Windows Sep 18, 2002 84.5 out of 100 84
Armchair Empire, The Windows Sep 01, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Gamezilla Windows May, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jul 31, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Preview version

In the preview version distributed to gaming magazines the end boss had special dialogue (mostly threats), e.g. "I slaughtered many editors and their families."

Sales

Icewind Dale hit the shelves the exact same time as Blizzard's Diablo 2. Despite selling numbers that were below the "Big D", Icewind Dale was a good commercial success.

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