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Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (Windows)

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Description

An homage to the DOS-based Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Gold Box game Pool of Radiance, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor returns again to the worlds of the Forgotten Realms.

Although the game begins in the city of Phlan, which was reclaimed in the previous game, the majority of the action takes place beneath Myth Drannor, once a beautiful city of peace, where men, elves, and dwarves could live in peace and harmony, which is now in ruins.

Despite its visual similarity to contemporary games that utilized real-time combat (such as Baldur's Gate), the game features a strictly turn-based system, similar to those implemented in Gold Box games. Orisons and Cantrips, straight from the then new Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rules, have been added. The game features new character classes and races such as Barbarians, Monks, Paladins, and Half-Orcs. Clerics and Sorcerers can cast over 100 spells. The Dungeon Master communicates all important findings and events throughout the game.

Screenshots

Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor Windows And that's the result - my character, a barbarian
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor Windows Character creation
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor Windows Yo dudes, what's behind that door?
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor Windows The (zoomable) overhead map

Alternate Titles

  • "光芒之池:迷斯卓諾遺跡" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "光芒之池II之剑与魔法的传说" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Pool of Radiance: Ruiny Myth Drannor" -- Polish title
  • "Pool of Radiance: As Ruínas de Myth Drannor" -- Brazilian title
  • "Pool of Radiance 2" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Unplayable Jacques Guy (55) 0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars
You can call it a "playable disappointment" Marina Shoykhet (7) unrated
Mediocre, boring Baldur's Gate clone tomimt (339) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars
Second that opinion: AD&D in the Gutter. This game is Blasphemy! Indra is here (19704) 1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
ComputerGamers.com Nov 29, 2001 72 out of 100 72
Game Captain Dec 28, 2001 70 out of 100 70
FiringSquad Nov 21, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 19, 2001 13 out of 20 65
GameSpy Oct 26, 2001 65 out of 100 65
GamersWanted Oct 31, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gameguru Mania Oct 22, 2001 60 out of 100 60
PC Gamer Dec 01, 2001 59 out of 100 59
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 10, 2001 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Bugs

The first US version of this game was a technical disaster: not only that the installer accepted no other drives than C: - one could live with that although it's a sign of sloppy programming - the uninstallation program would accidentally erase some core components of Windows 9x, rendering the system unusable after rebooting. Because of this, the game was withdrawn and re-released with a fixed installer. This delayed the German version too.

Cover

Both the game box artwork and the cover illustration of the tie-in novel are by renowned fantasy illustrator (Gerald) Brom.

Inspiration

The game follows a November 1, 2000-published novel of the same name by Carrie Bebris, both the computer game and the novel sharing a common source of a pen & paper RPG module from Wizards of the Coast.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2002 (Issue #213) – Coaster of the Year
Information also contributed by Entorphane and Pseudo_Intellectual.

Related Web Sites

  • FAQs/Walkthroughs (Several available on GameFaqs website)
  • Official Game Page (Official home page for Pools of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor)
  • Scorpia's Strategy Guide (Very indepth with info about all aspects of the game. Includes discussion about the bugs and patches (with links for download).)
Jeanne (75620) added Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (Windows) on Oct 01, 2001