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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.

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Secret of the Silver Blades Macintosh Once again, people are angry at me for trespassing
Secret of the Silver Blades Macintosh Another monster encounter
Secret of the Silver Blades DOS Meet old pain in the n...err...friends, great! :-x
Secret of the Silver Blades Macintosh Newly created character's stats screen (GOG version)

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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 (163)
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
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 8 out of 10 80
Power Play DOS Aug, 1990 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Sep, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 56 out of 100 56
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 46 out of 100 46
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1991 8 out of 100 8
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1990 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

The box artwork is adapted from a 1988 painting by fantasy painter Larry Elmore entitled "Bloodstone Lands".
Contributed to by NGC 5194 (17619), Andy Voss (1847), Tony Van (2855) and Terok Nor (26566)