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Icewind Dale

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
73
3.6
Windows
84
4.0
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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 One of the game's humorous, light-minded dialogues.
Icewind Dale Windows a map
Icewind Dale Windows Expect some really profound conversations.
Icewind Dale Windows see me battle the frost giants

Alternate Titles

  • "冰风之谷" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "冰風之谷" -- Chinese Title (Tradition)
  • "Bingfeng zhi Gu" -- Chinese Title

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User Reviews

Old times recaptured Windows אולג 小奥 (168604)
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 (75624)
Not just another overrated RPG Windows Sam Tinianow (98)
Wonderful RPG with a twist Windows The Gay Elf (16)
Superb RPG - But it lacks the soul of AD&D Windows Indra is here (19677)

The Press Says

PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Game Captain Windows Aug 28, 2000 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de Windows Jul 31, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Mac Addict Macintosh Aug, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Windows Aug, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jul 31, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Macintosh Jul 17, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Mac Gamer Macintosh Apr 10, 2002 70 out of 100 70
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Oct 01, 2000 11 out of 20 55
JeuxMac.com Macintosh Apr, 2002 2 out of 5 40

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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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