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Icewind Dale (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Icewind Dale Windows Area map
Icewind Dale Windows Interaction with NPC's in the Tavern
Icewind Dale Windows 32-bit color depth, not bad!
Icewind Dale Windows Expect some really profound conversations.

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 Cor 13 (172996) 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 (75508) 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 engaged (19913) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

ComputerGamers.com Jan 15, 2001 96 out of 100 96
Gamer's Pulse Jul 23, 2000 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ActionTrip Jul 31, 2000 87 out of 100 87
GameBanshee Aug 25, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Armchair Empire, The Sep 01, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2000 81 out of 100 81
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Gameplanet Sep 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamekult Sep 08, 2000 6 out of 10 60

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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 (207) added Icewind Dale (Windows) on Jul 10, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (132976)