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Secret of the Silver Blades

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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.


Secret of the Silver Blades PC-98 Exploration in the city
Secret of the Silver Blades DOS Roaming again in these neat little 3-D environment...
Secret of the Silver Blades Macintosh Targeting an Otyugh with the Magic Missile spell
Secret of the Silver Blades PC-98 Found treasure!

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

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
Power Play Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1991 65 out of 100 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Aug, 1990 650 out of 1000 65
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 57 out of 100 57
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 56 out of 100 56
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1991 8 out of 100 8


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The box artwork is adapted from a 1988 painting by fantasy painter Larry Elmore entitled "Bloodstone Lands".
Contributed to by NGC 5194 (17313), Andy Voss (1635), Tony Van (2688) and Terok Nor (19014)