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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 PC-98 Disclaimer
Secret of the Silver Blades Commodore 64 Non-combat 3D environment
Secret of the Silver Blades PC-98 Title screen
Secret of the Silver Blades Macintosh Camp menu (color)

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
Compute! Commodore 64 Nov, 1990 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars 85
Dragon DOS Nov, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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
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 DOS 1992 56 out of 100 56
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1991 8 out of 100 8

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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 (17272), Andy Voss (1655), Tony Van (2665) and Terok Nor (22576)