Icewind Dale (Windows)

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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.


Icewind Dale Windows Your journal
Icewind Dale Windows A pretty, colorful fight against overgrown fungi. The shiny dots is actually my Magic Missile spell in progress
Icewind Dale Windows Party listing
Icewind Dale Windows Hmm, how can I open this chest? Try one of the options below!

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 (174226) 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 (75481) 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 (20013) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews Jan 15, 2001 96 out of 100 96 (UK) Aug 19, 2000 9 out of 10 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
RPGFan Sep 29, 2000 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Jul 07, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Revolution Jul 01, 2000 B+ 83
Armchair Empire, The Sep 01, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplanet Sep 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Oct 01, 2000 11 out of 20 55


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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."


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 (143914)