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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.

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Icewind Dale Windows Kuldahar is the only peaceful settlement you'll be returning to in this game. And even there you might encounter yetis who have clearly been to gym
Icewind Dale Windows Outdoor areas are small and icy. I'm fighting two troll varieties here
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 The game begins in Easthaven. It's snowing, how beautiful!

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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 Unicorn Lynx (174079) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Excellent break from the Baldur's Gate series. OlSkool_Gamer (99) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ooohh … now I remember this! An adventure gal revisits the RPG genre Jeanne (75356) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Not just another overrated RPG Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
Wonderful RPG with a twist The Gay Elf (14) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Superb RPG - But it lacks the soul of AD&D Indra is stressed (19936) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Jeuxvideo.com Jul 17, 2000 18 out of 20 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug 30, 2000 90 out of 100 90
WomenGamers.com Aug 08, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Score Aug, 2000 90 out of 100 90
ActionTrip Jul 31, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania.de 2000 85 out of 100 85
FiringSquad Jul 18, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Game Revolution Jul 01, 2000 B+ 83
Gamezilla May, 2001 81 out of 100 81
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2000 81 out of 100 81

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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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Plix (199) added Icewind Dale (Windows) on Jul 10, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (174439)