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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 Such profound conversations are rare
Icewind Dale Windows Visiting a magic shop in Kuldahar
Icewind Dale Windows This looks peaceful, doesn't it? As a matter of fact, we have already started one of the game's most important boss battles
Icewind Dale Windows A lovely location late in the game. Are you ready for the ultimate battle, my friend?..

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 Oleg Roschin (174088)
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 (75412)
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 (19945)

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Windows Jul 23, 2000 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide Windows 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
WomenGamers.com Windows Aug 08, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 86 out of 100 86
GameBanshee Windows Aug 25, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Macintosh Jul 17, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jul 09, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Gamekult Windows Sep 08, 2000 6 out of 10 60
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Oct 01, 2000 11 out of 20 55

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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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