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 You can attack this warrior spirit all you want - plot-related characters can not be killed in any fashion
Icewind Dale Windows The intro and all the cutscenes are just those book pages with the narrator talking
Icewind Dale Windows A lot of games need to have an mines area. Lava is not exactly uncommon, either. Using my Cleric to cast a healing spell
Icewind Dale Windows The descent into the enormous Dorn's Deep begins in this glowing mushroom cave. I'm attacked by some two-headed morons and... mushrooms!

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 (174162) 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 (75483) 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 (20020) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

ComputerGamers.com Jan 15, 2001 96 out of 100 96
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 17, 2000 18 out of 20 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited Sep, 2000 8.8 out of 10 88
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 84.5 out of 100 84
Game Revolution Jul 01, 2000 B+ 83
Gamezilla May, 2001 81 out of 100 81
PC Joker Aug, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Gry OnLine Dec 14, 2000 7 out of 10 70
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 (203) added Icewind Dale (Windows) on Jul 10, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (148626)