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Secret of the Silver Blades

Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
...
2.7
Amiga
63
3.1
DOS
69
3.4
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Description

The heroes from Pool of Radiance and Curse of the Azure Bonds return once again. This time, they arrive naked via a magical well inside a frozen town wishing for heroes to help them. The party once again attempts to save a town under siege (once re-equipped) and struggles to learn the secret of the Silver Blades...

The gameplay is quite similar to that of the previous Gold Box games. Following the AD&D rules of role-playing, the player creates a party of characters (up to the maximum of six). Exploration takes place in pseudo-3D environments, from first-person view. Battles (random as well as pre-set) take the player-controlled and enemy party to a top-down battle screen. Commands are issued in turn-based fashion, and the player-controlled characters can freely navigate the battle field. Unlike the previous games, there is no "world map" traveling in Secret of the Silver Blades. All the exploration takes place in the 3D world.

Screenshots

Secret of the Silver Blades Amiga Credits SSI
Secret of the Silver Blades Commodore 64 Credits
Secret of the Silver Blades Macintosh Once again, people are angry at me for trespassing
Secret of the Silver Blades PC-98 Camp menu

Alternate Titles

  • "Secret of the Silver Blades - A Forgotten Realms™ Fantasy Role-Playing Epic, Vol. III" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

The Gold Box series has rusted. DOS woods01 (154)
My favorite of the Gold Box series DOS Paul Kostrzewa (15)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Sep, 1991 87 out of 100 87
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 8 out of 10 80
Power Play DOS Aug, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Amiga Nov, 1991 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77
Datormagazin Amiga Oct 10, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 76 out of 100 76
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Aug, 1990 650 out of 1000 65
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Sep, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 57 out of 100 57

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Trivia

US Gold were so incensed at a negative review given to the game by Amiga Power magazine that they immediately cut off all contact with the magazine. For at least 2 years they never sent them preview information or review copies of their games, and never involved their journalists in promotional deals.
Contributed to by NGC 5194 (17291), Andy Voss (1633), Tony Van (2687) and Terok Nor (19797)